Robert Fitzroy R.N.
Robert Fitzroy R.N.

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Robert Fitzroy R.N.Explanation
Second son of the second marriage of Lord Charles FitzRoy (1764-1829) to Lady Frances Anne Stewart (d. 1810), eldest daughter of the first marquess of Londonderry
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
5 July 1805 Born (Ampton Hall, Suffolk)
8 December 1836 Married, firstly, Maria Henrietta (died 1852), second daughter of Major-general Edward James O'Brien
July 1839 Elected an elder brother of Trinity House.
29 June 18415 April 1843M.P. (Tory) for Durham City
22 April 1854 Married Maria Isabella Smyth, a distant cousin
30 April 1865 Died (Upper Norwood, Surrey after cutting his throat; the coroner found that he had taken his life while of unsound mind)
On 4 February 2002 the Shipping Forecast sea-area Finisterre was re-named FitzRoy in his honour
19 October 1819Entered Navy
7 September 1824Lieutenant
13 November 1828Commander
3 December 1834Captain
14 February 1857Retired Rear-Admiral
12 September 1863Retired Vice-Admiral
Date fromDate toService
October 182428 October 1825Lieutenant in Thetis, commanded by Sir John Phillimore, home water, then Mediterranean, then South America
29 October 18251 August 1828Lieutenant in Thetis, commanded by Arthur Batt Bingham, South America
1 August 182813 November 1828Lieutenant in Ganges, commanded by Samuel Inglefield, flagship of Rear-Admiral Robert Waller Otway, South America (as Flag-lieutenant)
13 November 182830 October 1830Commander in Beagle, coast of South America, following the suicide of her former commander, Captain Pringle Stokes.
4 July 183117 November 1836Commander in Beagle, coast of South America (with Charles Darwin on board)
21 September 1842 Acting-Conservator of the River Mersey
3 April 184330 April 1845Governor and Commander-in-Chief, New Zealand colony (until dismissed due to enmity of the New Zealand Company)
1 September 1848 Superintendent of Woolwich dockyard
14 March 184915 February 1850Captain in Arrogant (from commissioning at Portsmouth), Portsmouth, then Lisbon
1854 Meteorological statist at the newly founded Meteorological Department of the Board of Trade
1861 Instigated the first storm warnings, but the Board of Trade decided that he was exceeding his instructions, which were to collect data, and that forecasts should cease forthwith

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