Royal Navy obituary in the Times newspaper
Royal Navy obituary in the Times newspaper

Royal NavyObituaries

The following obituary for Lord Adolphus Fitzclarence appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary in the Times newspaper
19 May 1856THE LATE LORD ADOLPHUS FITZCLARENCE.— Lord Adolphus Fitzclarence, who died on Saturday night, was the third son of his late Majesty King William IV., by Mrs. Dorothy Jordan, the celebrated actress. He was born in 1802, and, like his Royal father, entered the navy at an early age. In that service he rose by seniority, and had attained at the time of his death the rank of Rear-Admiral. He also held the honorary distinction of a Knight Grand Cross of Hanover, and the appointments of a Naval Aide-de-Camp to her present Majesty, and Ranger of the Home Forest, at Windsor. He was well known in the leading circles of fashion, and lived and died unmarried. His death was occasioned by a return of the seizure which attacked him last winter when in London, and which at the time it was thought would have proved fatal. His death took place while on a visit to Sir George Wombwell, at Newburgh-park, in Yorkshire. The eldest of the Fitzclarence family was the late Earl of Munster, better Known as Colonel Fitzclarence, for the gallant part which be took in suppressing the Cato-street conspiracyExternal link. The second brother was the late Lord Frederick Fitzclarence, who died about two years ago, while in command of the forces at Bombay. The youngest brother, Lord Augustus, was many years rector of Mapledurham, near Beading, and died in 1854. Of his Lordship’s sisters one is Viscountess Falkland, another married General C.R. Fox, and a third is Lady Augusta Kennedy Erskine. The two others, who are deceased, were married respectively to the late Earl of Erroll and the late Lord De L'Isle. It may not be uninteresting to add that soon after the accession of King William IV. such of the Fitzclarence family as had not already attained a higher rank by marriage were elevated, under the sign manual of His Majesty, to the precedency of the younger children of a marquis.

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