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Aberystwyth University
S H Fergus Johnston Miscellanea

Reference code(s): GB 0982 SFJ

Held at: Aberystwyth University

Title: S H Fergus Johnston Miscellanea

Short Title: S H Fergus Johnston Miscellanea

Creation date(s): 1872-1929

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 0.001 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): S H Fergus Johnston


Administrative/Biographical history: Samuel Henry Fergus Johnston was born in 1909 at Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, the son of a congregational minister. He was educated at King George V School, Southport, and went on to receive a first class degree in modern history from Exeter College, Oxford. In 1931 he was elected to the Preston Read University Scholarship, and also to a senior scholarship at Christ Church. He began research into medi-eval history, which led to him acheiving a BLitt in 1933.
In 1934, Johnston joined the history department at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, taking a one year post as a temporary assistant lecturer. He remained in the department until his retirement in 1976, having progressed through every grade of membership, and eventually taking the chair of history in 1967.
Johnston was an excellent lecturer and teacher. He specialised in military history, an interest kindled by his former tutor at Oxford, C T Atkinson. He wrote many articles for Britsih, Irish and Spanish military history journals, concentrating espacially on the campaigns of Marlborough and the Peninsular War. During the Second World War he wrote regularly for The Spectator on military affairs, and he published widely, with his History of the Cameronians, 1689-1910 considered his finest work. He died at Aberystwyth on 16 February 1991, aged 82.


Scope and content/abstract: The archive contains various items relating to military history collected by Fergus Johnston, including transcriptions from the diary of Brigadier General R B Fell from the period 1878-79; correspondence relating to, and an obituary of the Waterloo veteran Lieutenant Colonel William Tomkinson; a newspaper cutting relating to the 16th Queen's Lancers, and other miscellaneous letters and photographs.


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Conditions governing access: The papers may be consulted through application to Information Services, Hugh Owen Library, University of Wales Aberystwyth, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DZ, Tel: 01970 622399, Fax: 01970 622404, E-mail:

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Basic finding aid available at Hugh Owen Library, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Language codes: eng


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Related material: The diaries of Lieutenant Colonel William Tomkinson can be found at Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service.


Note: Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to Obituaries, 1982-1997 , (Aberystwyth: National Library of Wales).

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Military history
Waterloo, Battle of, 1815

Personal names
Johnston , Samuel Henry Fergus
Tomkinson , William , 1790-1872

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