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  • Captain in the Royal Navy
  • Author
  • autograph collector

Captain Montagu Montagu (1787-1863) was a Captain in the Royal Navy, and an author and autograph collector. His published works include original poetry, as well as translations of Friedrich Schiller and Giovanni Battista Casti[1], religious controversy, and editions of the Psalms.


Montagu entered the Royal Navy in 1799. He was appointed Captain on 2 November 1805.[2]

He died at Bath on July 3 1863.[3]


  • Montagu, Montagu., and Philip Bowes V. Broke. England Victorious, a Poem upon the Capture of the American Frigate Chesapeake. To Which Is Prefixed Captain Broke's Official Letter Relating the Action [&c.], 1814.
  • Casti, Giovanni Battista, and Montagu Montagu. The Trè Giuli, Tr. [into Verse by M. Montagu] with a Memoir, 1826
  • Schiller, Friedrich, and Montagu Montagu. The Song of the Bell, and Other Poems, Tr. [by M. Montagu], 1839
  • Gresset, Jean Baptiste L., and Montagu Montagu. Vert-vert, a Poem, Tr. by M. Montagu, 1840.
  • Casti, Giovanni Battista., and Montagu Montagu. The Three Groats. New ed., 1841.
  • The Seven Penitential Psalms, in Verse, with an Appendix, by M. Montagu. 1844 and 1851.
  • The Psalms, in a New Version, Fitted to the Tunes Used in Churches, by M.Montagu, 1846 and 1851.
  • Dirge for Wellington [signed M.M.], 1852.
  • Good Morning and Good Night [signed M.M. In Verse], 1852.
  • Yes and No [signed M.M. In Verse], 1852.
  • The Birth of the Leek [signed M.M. In Verse], 1853.
  • Selection, from the Psalms in a New Version, of All the Entire Psalms or Parts of Others Suitable for Singing, by M. Montagu, 1854.
  • Crimean Graves (ode). With 6 Sonnets, 1856.
  • Fifty Sonnets on Various Subjects, 1860
  • Fifty More Sonnets on Various Subjects, 1861.


Montagu bequeathed a collection of manuscripts and printed books to the Bodleian Libraries in 1863. This collection consists of c.700 volumes in various branches of literature.[4] These dated from the 16th- 19th century and included copies of work by classical authors, English and Italian poetry, and papers relating to the works of Shakespeare.[5]

Specific works include 90 editions and versions of the Psalter, works on Psalmody, editions of Anacreon, Horace, Juvenal, Phaedrus, Petrarch, Boileau and Jean de La Fontaine|La Fontaine. The collection also contains topographical and biographical works with additional engravings.[4] A small sketch of the profile of Napoleon I, by the well-known Italian artist Giuseppe Longhi, also accompanied the collection.[3]


  1. Chambers, Robert (1888). The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar, Including Anecdote, Biography & History, Curiosities of Literature, and Oddities of Human Life and Character. W. & R. Chambers. p. 263.
  2. Catalogue description: Name: Montagu, Montagu Rank: Captain Date of Appointment: 02 November 1805. 1805-11-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Macray, W. D. Annals of the Bodleian Library. pp. 377–8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Rare Books Named Collections". Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  5. "Collection: Montagu Manuscripts | Bodleian Archives & Manuscripts". Retrieved 2020-12-07.

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