UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 5
ANNUAL STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP
( ) Check box if no longer subject to Section 16.
Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instructions 1(b).
( ) Form 3 Holdings Reported
( ) Form 4 Transactions Reported
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person
   ROPER, HARTWELL H.
   1501 NORTH HAMILTON STREET
   RICHMOND, VA  23230
   USA
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
   UNIVERSAL CORPORATION
   UVV
3. IRS or Social Security Number of Reporting Person (Voluntary)
   
4. Statement for Month/Year
   08/11/99
5. If Amendment, Date of Original (Month/Year)
   
6. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)
   ( ) Director  ( ) 10% Owner  (X) Officer (give title below) ( ) Other
   (specify below)
   VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
7. Individual or Joint/Group Reporting (Check Applicable Line)
   (X) Form filed by One Reporting Person
   ( ) Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

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 Table I -- Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned                                                 |
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1. Title of Security         |2.    |3.  |4.Securities Acquired (A)         |5.Amount of        |6.Dir |7.Nature of Indirect       |
                             |Transaction|  or Disposed of (D)              |  Securities       |ect   |  Beneficial Ownership     |
                             |Date  |Code|                                  |  Beneficially     |(D)or |                           |
                             |      |    |                  | A/|           |  Owned at         |Indir |                           |
                             |      |    |    Amount        | D |    Price  |  End of Year      |ect(I)|                           |
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COMMON STOCK                 |6/30/9|I   |923               |A  |           |25,891(1)          |D     |                           |
                             |9     |    |                  |   |           |                   |      |                           |
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COMMON STOCK                 |6/30/9|I   |1,161             |A  |           |18,543(2)          |I(3)  |                           |
                             |9     |    |                  |   |           |                   |      |                           |
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COMMON STOCK                 |      |    |                  |   |           |1,126              |I(4)  |                           |
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COMMON STOCK                 |      |    |                  |   |           |300                |I(5)  |                           |
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                             |      |    |                  |   |TOTAL      |45,860             |      |                           |
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 Table II -- Derivative Securitites Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned                                                   |
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1.Title of Derivative   |2.Con   |3.   |4.  |5.Number of De |6.Date Exer|7.Title and Amount  |8.Price|9.Number    |10.|11.Nature of|
  Security              |version |Transaction rivative Secu |cisable and|  of Underlying     |of Deri|of Deriva   |Dir|Indirect    |
                        |or Exer |Date |Code| rities Acqui  |Expiration |  Securities        |vative |tive        |ect|Beneficial  |
                        |cise Pr |     |    | red(A) or Dis |Date(Month/|                    |Secu   |Securities  |(D)|Ownership   |
                        |ice  of |     |    | posed of(D)   |Day/Year)  |                    |rity   |Benefi      |or |            |
                        |Deriva  |     |    |               |Date |Expir|                    |       |ficially    |Ind|            |
                        |tive    |     |    |           | A/|Exer-|ation|   Title and Number |       |Owned at    |ire|            |
                        |Secu    |     |    |           | D |cisa-|Date |   of Shares        |       |End of      |ct |            |
                        |rity    |     |    |  Amount   |   |ble  |     |                    |       |Year        |(I)|            |
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<S>                     <C>      <C>   <C>  <C>         <C> <C>   <C>   <C>           <C>    <C>     <C>          <C> <C>
OPTIONS TO BUY COMMON ST|$29.375 |     |    |           |   |6/5/9|12/1/|COMMON STOCK|       |       |4,654       |D  |            |
OCK                     |        |     |    |           |   |7    |04   |(6)         |       |       |            |   |            |
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OPTIONS TO BUY COMMON ST|$35.3125|     |    |           |   |12/15|12/1/|COMMON STOCK|       |       |11,289      |D  |            |
OCK                     |        |     |    |           |   |/98  |04   |(6)         |       |       |            |   |            |
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OPTIONS TO BUY COMMON ST|$35.3125|     |    |           |   |12/15|12/4/|COMMON STOCK|       |       |6,132       |D  |            |
OCK                     |        |     |    |           |   |/98  |01   |(6)         |       |       |            |   |            |
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OPTIONS TO BUY COMMON ST|$35.375 |     |    |           |   |12/6/|12/1/|COMMON STOCK|       |       |5,560       |D  |            |
OCK                     |        |     |    |           |   |97   |04   |(6)         |       |       |            |   |            |
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OPTIONS TO BUY COMMON ST|$38.94  |     |    |           |   |6/15/|11/20|COMMON STOCK|       |       |50,000      |D  |            |
OCK                     |        |     |    |           |   |98   |/07  |(6)         |       |       |            |   |            |
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OPTIONS TO BUY COMMON ST|$40.1875|     |    |           |   |6/8/9|12/1/|COMMON STOCK|       |       |7,468       |D  |            |
OCK                     |        |     |    |           |   |8    |04   |(6)         |       |       |            |   |            |
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OPTIONS TO BUY COMMON ST|$33.25  |     |    |           |   |6/15/|12/4/|COMMON STOCK|       |       |19,611      |D  |            |
OCK                     |        |     |    |           |   |99   |01   |(6)         |       |       |            |   |            |
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OPTIONS TO BUY COMMON ST|$28.5625|     |    |           |   |12/15|12/4/|COMMON STOCK|       |       |5,053       |D  |            |
OCK                     |        |     |    |           |   |/99  |01   |(6)         |       |       |            |   |            |
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PHANTOM STOCK UNITS     |1 FOR 1 |(7)  |A   |11.264     |A  |(7)  |(7)  |COMMON STOCK|11.264 |(7)    |514.250     |D  |            |
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Explanation of Responses:
(1)INCLUDES 923 SHARES PREVIOUSLY OWNED INDIRECTLY THROUGH THE STOCK PURCHASE 
PLAN
(2)INCLUDES1,161 SHARES ACQUIRED FROM 7/1/98 THROUGH 6/30/99 IN THE STOCK 
PURCHASE PLAN
(3)NUMBER OF SHARES HELD IN THE STOCK PURCHASE 
PLAN
(4)GIFT TO WIFE, MR. ROPER DISCLAIMS BENEFICIAL 
OWNERSHIP
(5)GIFT TO DAUGHTER, MR. ROPER IS CUSTODIAN FOR THE 
ACCOUNT
(6)OPTIONS ISSUED UNDER THE EXECUTIVE STOCK 
PLAN
(7)THE PHANTOM STOCK UNITS WERE ACQUIRED UNDER THE UNIVERSAL LEAF TOBACCO 
COMPANY, INCORPORATED SUPPLEMENTAL STOCK 
PURCHASE PLAN ON A PERIODIC 
BASIS
 DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30,1999.  EACH PHANTOM STOCK UNIT WILL BE 
SETTLED IN CASH UPON THE EARLIER OF DEATH, 
DISABILITY, RETIREMENT OR TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.  THE RANGE OF HIGH AND LOW 
MARKET PRICES FOR THE COMPANY'S COMMON 
STOCK ON THE DATES THE PHANTOM UNITS WERE CREDITED IS $37.3125 AND 
$23.875.
SIGNATURE OF REPORTING PERSON
HARTWELL H. ROPER, SIGNATURE ON FILE, FILED ELECTRONICALLY
DATE
AUGUST 10, 1999