Innlegg merkte med ‘National Archives’

The National Archives in the UK have a fairly active flickr-account where they post interesting photos and documents from their popular archives. Here is an interesting document from the British Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia, dated 4th of September 1968, stating that «almost anything is of interest to somebody»:


Dear Library,

We found the enclosed photographs in the former Consulate-General at Hargeiss. They are of administrators of British Somaliland. There was one more, of Sir Harold Kittermaster*, but it was too mildewed to be taken from its frame.

2. Believing that almost anything is of interest to somebody, and in case there is no other record of these particular faces, we send them to you. If they are of no interest please throw them away and forgive us the trouble we have cause you.

Yours ever,



While searching through some of my research material from my MA thesis I came across these two documents from the National Archives in Kew:

1. A photo (probably) by the British Consul in Damascus, C. E. S. Palmer, of the Ruwallah «Bairak» (fighting troops) taken in 1923. The photo is an attachment to a report Palmer wrote to the Foreign Secretary the same year after visiting the Ruwallah tribe.

On the back of the photo he wrote in pencil:

Copy for Foreign Office only, please. The Flag marks about half-way along the line.
I fancy this is the only photo of the «Bairak» in [revere?] order ever obtained by a Britisher.

2. An extract of a handwritten letter from the Sultan of Nejd, Ibn Saud, to the British Agent in Jeddah, Hejaz, written in June 1925 during the war between Hejaz and Nejd, 1924-1925. The letter is dated June 16th and arrived in Jeddah June 30th. The letter was a part of a correspondence between Ibn Saud and Britain.

In the letter he informs Britain that he has ordered a halt to the attack on the disputed area of Akaba. He also complains about the intrigues of Sharif Hussein and his son Abdullah, the Emir of Transjordan, who uses Akaba as a base. He also informs that he is willing to renegotiate a frontier settlement between him, Transjordan and Iraq. The former negotiations, the Kuwait Conference, were canceled when Ibn Saud invaded Hejaz in the summer of 1924.

During my research at the National Archives in Kew, London, I occasionally come over some geeky facts:

Did you know that:

– In October 1920 Auda Abu Tayiah «apparently appointed himself Governor of Maan» and dispensed «justice, or rather injustice according to Tribal Law.»

– No person who was an elected member of the Legislative Council after 1927 could be «mad or an idiot.»

– Abdullah b. Hussein [later King of Jordan] in March 1921 came to Amman together with his army «on the advice of [a] doctor» who regarded the climate in Maan as «unhealthy».

– «Two hundred and five troops left Jeddah by Khedivial steamer January 22nd [1922] for Akaba and thence to Maan.»

– there are several ways to spell Transjordan/Trans-Jordan/Trans-Jordia/Trans-Jordania/Transjordania/شرق الاردن