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Lord Adolphus FitzClarence (1802-1856)

This article was written by John Knox Laughton and was published in 1889

Lord Adolphus Fitzclarence, rear-admiral, an illegitimate son of William IV, by Mrs. Jordan, entered the navy in 1814, on board the Impregnable, bearing the flag of his father, then Duke of Clarence. Afterwards he served in the Mediterranean, on the North American station, or the coast of Portugal, and was promoted to be lieutenant in April 1821. In May 1823 he was made commander, and captain in December 1824.

In 1826 he commanded the Ariadne in the Mediterranean, in 1827 the Challenger, in 1828 the Pallas, and in July 1830 was appointed to the command of the royal yacht, which he retained till promoted to flag rank on 17 September 1853.

He was groom of the robes 1830-3, and naval aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria 1846-53. He died 17 May 1856. On his father's accession he was granted, 24 May 1831, the title and precedency of younger son of a marquis, and on 24 February 1832 became a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Hanoverian Order (GCH)



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