Henry Wemyss Fielden papers

Henry Wemyss Fielden papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Feilden, Winifred
Creator: Thornton, Ella May, 1885-
Creator: Trevor-Battye, Aubyn, 1855-1922
Title: Henry Wemyss Fielden papers
Dates: 1915-1958
Quantity: 0.05 Linear feet (24 items in 1 folder housed with minor collections MS 338 to MS 351)
Abstract:The collection consists of correspondence between Ella May Thornton, Georgia State Librarian, and Mrs. Winifred Feilden and others regarding the life and military career of Henry Wemyss Feilden for a possible publication. Several specifically concern his wife. Included in the collection is a typescript copy of A. Trevor Battye's work on Feilden entitled "A Noble Englishman..." which recounts Feilden's participation with the 42nd Highlanders, the Punjab Regiment in China, the British Polar Expedition 'Alert' and 'Discovery', both Boar Wars and the Imperial Yeomanry. "Chapter 2" recounts Fielden's service in the army of the Confederate States of American, serving under Generals G. T. Beauregard and Samuel Jones, mostly in Charleston, South Carolina.
Coll. Number: ms340(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Wemyss Feilden was born in 1838 and died in 1921. He was well known for being a British soldier, Arctic explorer, and naturalist. He was the son of Sir William Henry Feilden, woh was the second baronet of Feniscowles. and husband of Julia McCord (1837-1920) of Columbia, South Carolina. He joined the Black Watch, a Scottish military unit, before fighting alongside the Confederacy from 1862 to 1865. He returned to the British army after the war's end and was a captain in 1874. Feilden fought in India, China, and South Africa in the late 19th century in various conflicts.

Outside the military, Feilden was an avid explorer and collector of local flora and fauna. He was a naturalist on Sir George nares' Northern Polar Expedition in 1875. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Feilden spent most of his time with the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society

Rather notably, he was a close friend to Rudyard Kipling, who included him in his works.

Feilden died at his home in Burwash in 1921 at age 83. He left no children.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Beauregard, G. T., (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893
Confederate States of America. Army.
Feilden, H. W., (Henry Wemyss), 1838-1921
Great Britain--Colonies--Asia.
Jones, Samuel, 1819-1887
Punjab (India)--History, Military.
South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Transvaal (South Africa)--History--War of 1880-1881.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Henry Wemyss Fielden papers, MS 340. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Miss Ella Mae Thornton.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters regarding Colonel Feilden's wife (5), 1937-1940
1Letters and notes about Colonel Feilden (17)
1A Noble Englishman - Being Chapters in the Life of Henry Wemyss Feilden (copy)
1Chapter II: The Civil War in America (copy)