Astley Cooper Key R.N.
Astley Cooper Key R.N.

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Astley Cooper Key R.N.Explanation
Son of Charles Aston Key (1793-1849), a well-known surgeon, the pupil of Sir Astley Cooper
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
18 January 1821 Born (London)
5 July 1855 C.B. (Companion of the Bath)
1856 Married, firstly, Charlotte Lavinia McNeill (died 30 December 1874)
1866 Director of Naval Ordnance
24 May 1873 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath)
October 1877 Married, secondly, Evelyn Bartolucci at Halifax, Nova Scotia
24 November 1882 G.C.B. (Knight Grand Cross of the Bath)
11 August 1884 Privy Councillor
3 March 1888 Died (Maidenhead)
2 July 1833Entered Navy
22 December 1842Lieutenant
18 November 1845Commander
11 October 1850Captain
20 November 1866Rear-Admiral
30 April 1873Vice-Admiral
21 March 1878Admiral
18 January 1886Retired Admiral
Date fromDate toService
28 February 18431844Lieutenant in Curacoa, commanded by Thomas Sabine Pasley, South America
9 February 1844 Lieutenant in Gorgon, commanded by Charles Hotham, South America, and in acting command of the schooner Fanny during the Anglo-French action in Uruguay
3 May 18471850Commander in Bulldog, Mediterranean
8 November 18531 January 1856Captain in Amphion, the Baltic during the Russian War
9 January 1856April 1858Captain in Sans Pareil, in charge of a division of gunboats, then (May 1856) returning troops from the Crimea, then (September 1856) Portugal, then (March 1857) China and India (Key in command of the naval brigade at the capture of Canton, 28 December 1857 during the 2nd Anglo-Chinese War), until Key was invalided
18591860Member of the Royal Commission on National Defence
25 May 186013 July 1860Captain in Wellington, guard ship of Sailing Ordinary, Plymouth (this was the last use of the word "Ordinary" to describe vessels not in commission)
14 July 18603 July 1863Captain in Indus, guard ship of the Steam Reserve, Devonport, flagship of the Admiral Superintendent of Devonport Dockyard (Rear-Admiral Thomas Sabine Pasley, then Rear-Admiral Thomas Matthew Charles Symonds)
4 July 1863October 1866Captain in Excellent, and superintendent of the Royal Naval College
1 July 18696 June 1870Admiral superintendent, Portsmouth (flag in Indus)
6 June 18708 August 1872Admiral superintendent, Malta
18721876President of the projected Royal Naval College at Greenwich (opened 1873)
22 December 18751 April 1878Commander-in-chief, North America and West Indies
March 1878 Commander-in-chief, Baltic fleet (during Russian war scare)
12 August 18791 July 1885Commissioner of the Admiralty (1st Naval Lord)

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