Authorised form of nameBelcher; Sir; Edward (1799 - 1877)
Dates1799 - 1877
Place of birthNova Scotia, Canada
Date of birth1799
Place of death6 Melcombe Place, Dorset Square, London
Date of death18 March 1877
Joined the Royal Navy (1812); sailed round the world on HMS Sulphur (1836-1842); Captain (1841); involved in surveying, East Indies (1842-1847); Knighted by patent (1843); received a pension for wounds (1847); commanded expedition in search of Sir John Franklin (1852-1854); Admiral (1872); was granted Greenwich hospital pension of £150 pa (1874); claimed to have invented water-tight bulkheads and compartments
CB (1841) KCB (1867)
FGS (Original Member, 1830); FRAS (1837)
Membership categoryCandidate
RelationshipsSon of Andrew Belcher; married (11 September 1830) Diana, daughter of George Jollife, Captain HEICS
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Royal Society codeNA7687
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/3Volume 3 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1839-1843
MC/4Volume 4 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1844-1850
MM/11/69'An account of the Magnetical Experiments made on the Western Coast of Africa 1830', by Edward BelcherNovember 1831
RR/1bis/7Referee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'Tide observations at Otaheite, or Tahiti' by Edward Belcher7 March 1843
PT/27/7Paper, 'Tide observations at Tahiti' by Capt E [Edward] Belcher22 July 1842
EC/1843/04Belcher, Sir Edward: certificate of candidature for election to the Royal Society
EC/1853/17Belcher, Sir Edward: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/3/232Letter from Captain Edward Belcher, HMS Sulphur, Woolwich, to Captain Francis Beaufort, Hydrographer2 August 1842
MC/4/26Letter from Sir John Barrow, Admiralty, to Dr [Peter Mark] Roget, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]29 May 1844
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