Guide to the Papers of Thomas Forwood [MSS 090]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Thomas Forwood
Manuscript Number MSS 090
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 1 cm (2 boxes)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

Two Commissioning Warrants for Lieutenant Thomas Forwood, 1778 and 1781, and one compact disc containing photographs of the Forwood Family in Australia.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Lieutenant Thomas Forwood was born on 24 August 1763 in Plymouth, Devon and died at the age of 58 in Tiverton in 1821.  He was the third of four children of Lieutenant Thomas Forwood (1734-1781) and Faith Friend (1739-1827).

At 13 Thomas the younger joined the navy as midshipman, serving with his father on the Foudroyant (22 January 1777-8 August 1778).  He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 8 August 1778, and 1st Lieutenant on 8 January 1781, serving on the Three Brothers (1779-1780), Ailignte (1781-1782), Cambridge (1782-1786), Standard  (1787-1788) and Impregnable (1788).  On 12 December 1788 he was honorably discharged on half pay following an altercation involving another officer.  

Forwood married Martha Lugger in December 1791, moving from Plymouth to Southwark in London, where he established an accountancy practice.  The couple had 14 children, including Dr Frederick Forwood (1808-1882), who studied medicine at St Bartholemew's Hospital, London before migrating to Adelaide in 1853, and whose papers are held in the collection of the State Library of South Australia at PRG 801.

Further information on the descendants of the Forwood Family of Kent can be found on the family history website at  


Goodman, Keith Douglas-Nash.  Forwood: a family history from 1588 to 2000. retrieved 1 May 2019


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved

Preferred Citation

Papers of Thomas Forwood, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 090, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The two Commissioning Warrants for Lieutenant Thomas Forwood are on permanent loan from Mrs R.B. Forwood. The compact disc was donated to the Academy Library by Mrs Cheryl Craig née Forwood on behalf of the Forwood Family members, January 2006.


Subject Keywords



Royal Marines, family history, Captain Cook's signature, James Cook signature, George 3rd signature, George III signature, John Montagu (4th Earl of Sandwich) signature

Personal Names

Thomas Forwood

James Cook 1728-1779

George III (George William Frederick) 1738-1820

John Montagu (4th Earl of Sandwich)

Corporate Names

Great Britain - Royal Marines, 15th Company Royal Marines, 145th Company Royal Marines




Container List


Folio 1

Folder 1
Two Commissioning Warrants for Lieutenant Thomas Forwood:

8 August 1778 - appointed Second Lieutenant, 15th Company of Marines, signed George III, James Cook, Sandwich, Lisburne and one other;

8 January 1781 - appointed First Lieutenant, 145th Company of Marines, signed George III, Sandwich, Lisburne, Darby;

Letter to Mrs R.B. Forwood from Alex Byrne, Deputy Librarian, University College, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, 30 October 1985


Box 2

Box-folder 2 Cool Room
Compact disc containing photographs of the Forwood Family in Australia, [compiled] by Cheryl Craig née Forwood, 11 November 2005. The photographs were supplied by Forwood Family members.