Sunday, 7 July 2013

British Naval Biographical Dictionary, 1849

On Friday while at LAC an email arrived mentioning a British naval officer from the late 18th and early 19th century. I immediately thought of a fat book in a leather binding I'd seen on the open shelves. With a little help from the ever helpful staff  it was in my hands in minutes "O'Byrne, William R.. A Naval Biographical Dictionary: Comprising the Life and Services of Every Living Officer in Her Majesty's Navy, from the Rank of Admiral of the Fleet to that of Lieutenant, Inclusive. London, England: John Murray, 1849."

I got the usual thrill from handling a book of such antiquity, then found on arriving home it's on the Internet Archive at as well as on Ancestry. The look and feel of the LAC copy stay with me, will I remember it's free online?

1 comment:

Carter said...

Are you aware of a biographical dictionary for British or Canadian merchant mariners?