Henry Fairfax R.N.
Henry Fairfax R.N.

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Henry Fairfax R.N.Explanation
Third son of Sir Henry Fairfax (1790-1860), 1st Baronet Fairfax of the Holmes
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
21 January 1837 Born (Edinburgh)
25 April 1872 Married Harriet (1833-1925), daughter of Sir David Kinloch (1805-1879), 9th Baronet Kinloch of Gilmerton
19 January 1882 Naval aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria
25 May 1896 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath)
20 March 1900 Died (at Naples, while Commander-in-chief at Devonport)
Obituary in the Times newspaper
7 December 1850Entered Navy
5 December 1856Mate
25 August 1858Lieutenant
4 November 1862Commander
3 April 1868Captain
1 July 1885Rear-Admiral
20 June 1891Vice-Admiral
10 May 1897Admiral
Date fromDate toService
5 December 18563 March 1857Mate in Monarch, commanded by Captain George Edwin Patey, Pacific
4 March 185713 July 1857Mate in President, commanded by Captain Charles Frederick, Pacific
24 August 18572 April 1858Mate in Diadem, commanded by Captain William Moorsom, Channel squadron
11 May 185826 August 1858Mate in Diadem, commanded by Captain William Moorsom, Channel squadron
27 August 18582 September 1860Lieutenant in Diadem, commanded by Captain William Moorsom then Captain James Horsford Cockburn, Channel squadron, then West Indies, then Channel Squadron again
3 September 186027 April 1863Lieutenant in Ariel, commanded by Commander John Richard Alexander, Cape of Good Hope
2 December 186313 June 1867Commander (2ic) in Resistance, commanded by Captain William Charles Chamberlain then Captain Henry Shank Hillyar, Channel squadron then (December 1863), Mediterranean
21 October 18678 April 1868Commander in Boscawen, training ship, Portland
18691870Slave Trade section of the Foreign Office
1 October 187017 February 1872Captain in Forte (until paying off at Sheerness), flagship of Rear-Admiral James Horsford Cockburn, East Indies
19 November 187212 June 1873Naval attache to Sir Bartle Frere's mission to the Sultan of Zanzibar
9 October 18735 March 1874Private secretary to George Joachim Goschen, First Lord of the Admiralty
6 July 187423 June 1877Captain in Volage, south-east coast of America (senior officer)
24 June 187730 August 1877Additional Captain in Fisgard
31 August 187730 August 1880Captain in Britannia, training ship for Naval cadets (including Princes Albert Victor and George), Dartmouth
1 January 188211 January 1884Captain in Monarch, Mediterranean (including bombardment of Alexandria, and in command of the Naval and Marine forces occupying Port Said)
1 February 188710 September 1889Commander-in-chief, Australia
26 October 18899 May 1892Commissioner of the Admiralty (Second Naval Lord)
10 May 189227 May 1895Commander-in-chief, Channel squadron, flag in Royal SovereignExternal link (being acquitted by Court-martial after HoweExternal link stranded on an uncharted rock entering Ferrol harbour on 2 November 1892)
10 June 189928 March 1900Commander-in-chief, Devonport

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