Royal Naval Biography/FitzClarence, Adolphus


ADOLPHUS FITZ-CLARENCE, Esq.
Groom of the Robes to His Majesty the King.
[Post-Captain of 1824.]

We first find this officer joining the Spartan 46, Captain William Furlong Wise, C.B. in Mar. 1818. He was made a lieutenant, April 23d, 1821; appointed to the Euryalus 42, Captain (now Sir Augustus J. W.) Clifford, C.B., Oct. 22d following ; promoted to the rank of commander, May 17th, 1823; appointed to the Brisk sloop, Dec. 26th in the same year; removed to the Redwing 18, on the 28th Feb. 1824; advanced to the rank of captain, Dec. 24th, 1824 ; appointed to the Ariadne 26, on the 9th Feb. 1826; to the Challenger 28, on the 2d July, 1827; to the Pallas 42, on the 28th Aug. 1828; to the Royal George yacht, July 22d, 1830; and to be Groom of the Robes to King William IV. with rank as Groom of the Bedchamber, on the 24th of the same month.

The Brisk and Redwing were both employed on the North Sea station; the Ariadne in the Mediterranean; and the Challenger in conveying the Earl of Dalhousie, late Governor-General of Canada, from Quebec to England; she also visited Lisbon while under the command of Captain Fitz-Clarence. The Pallas conveyed the above nobleman (now commander-in-chief in the East Indies) and the Bishop of Calcutta, from Portsmouth to Bengal; brought home General Viscount Combermere and his staff; and was subsequently ordered to Halifax, from whence she returned with Colonel and Mrs. Fox, passengers, in Sept. 1830.

Agents.– Messrs. Stillwell.