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Adm. Richard James Meade, 4th Earl of Clanwilliam, CB, KCMG

Adm. Richard James Meade, 4th Earl of Clanwilliam, CB, KCMG [1, 2]

Male 1832 - 1907  (74 years)

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  • Name Richard James Meade 
    Richard Meade, 4th Earl of Clanwilliam
    Richard Meade, 4th Earl of Clanwilliam
    'From sail to steam, naval recollections 1878-1905'(1916), by C C Penrose Fitzgerald.
    Title Adm. 
    Suffix 4th Earl of Clanwilliam, CB, KCMG  
    Born 3 Oct 1832 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Aug 1907  Badgemore, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Wilton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Richard James Meade (1832-1907) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Richard James Meade (1832-1907) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Memorial ID 36678416
    Notes 
    • MEADE, RICHARD JAMES, fourth Earl of Clanwilliam in the Irish peerage, and second Baron Clanwilliam in the peerage of the United Kingdom (1832-1907), admiral of the fleet, born on 3 Oct, 1832, was eldest son in the family of four sons and a daughter of Richard Charles Francis Meade [q. v.], third earl of Clanwilliam and Baron Gillford in the Irish peerage and Baron Clanwilliam in the peerage of the United Kingdom, by his wife Lady Elizabeth, eldest daughter of George Augustus Herbert, eleventh earl of Pembroke. He had his early education at Eton, and entered the navy on 17 Nov. 1845; he passed his examination in Nov. 1851 and was promoted to lieutenant on 15 Sept. 1852. In Dec. of the same year he was appointed to the Imperieuse, frigate, in which he served during the whole of the Russian war. The Imperieuse was senior officer's ship of the advanced squadron and followed up the ice and established the blockade of the Gulf of Finland as early in the spring as possible, and before the navigation was thought safe for heavy ships. In Sept. 1856 Lord Gillford was appointed to the Raleigh, Captain Keppel [see Keppel, Sir Henry, Suppl. II], for the China station, and when the Raleigh was wrecked near Hong Kong on the passage out, he followed Keppel and with him took part in the boat actions of Escape Creek on 25 May 1857 and of Fatshan Creek on 1 June. In August he was appointed to the Calcutta, flagship of Sir Michael Seymour [q. v.]. and in Dec. he landed with the naval brigade before Canton. At the storming of Canton on 29 Dec. Gillford was severely wounded in the left arm by a gingal bullet; he was mentioned in despatches, received the medal with clasps for Fatshan and Canton, and on 26 Feb. 1858 was promoted to commander and appointed to the Hornet, which he took to England. On 22 July 1859 he was promoted to captain. From 1862 to 1866 he commanded the Tribune in the Pacific, and from Oct. 1868 to 1871 the battleship Hercules in the Channel. In 1872 he became an aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria, and was given the command of the steam reserve at Portsmouth. On the formation of Disraeli's ministry in 1874 he joined the Board of Admiralty as junior sea lord, and continued at Whitehall until the change of government brought in a new board in May 1880. He was promoted to flag rank on 31 Dec. 1876, received the C.B. in June 1877, and succeeded to the earldom on 7 Oct. 1879. From 1880 to 1882 he had command of the flying squadron, reaching the rank of vice-admiral on 26 July 1881, and being awarded the K.C.M.G. in March 1882; from Aug. 1885 to Sept. 1886 he flew his flag as commander-in-chief on the North American and West Indies station, laying down the command in consequence of his promotion to admiral on 22 June 1886. In June 1887 he was raised to the K.C.B., and in 1888 became a commissioner of the patriotic fund. He was commander-in-chief at Portsmouth from June 1891 to June 1894, was promoted to admiral of the fleet on 20 Feb. 1895, received the G.C.B. in May following, and reached the age for retirement on 3 Oct. 1902.

      In the words of one of his messmates, Clanwilliam 'throughout his life was before everything a sailor, studious of the interests of the service and of those under his command, and probably valued his rank as an admiral much more than his title as an Irish earl or English baron.' He died on 4 Aug. 1907 at Badgemore, Henley on Thames, and was buried in the family vault at Wilton, near Salisbury. He married on 17 June 1867 Elizabeth Henrietta, eldest daughter of Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy [q. v.], G.C.M.G., governor of Queensland, and had four sons and four daughters. The eldest son, Richard Charles, Lord Gillford, born in 1868, entered the navy, was made lieutenant in 1891, was flag lieutenant to Sir George Tryon [q. v.] in the Victoria in 1893, and leaving the navy shortly afterwards, died in 1905. The second son, Arthur Vesey Meade, Lord Dromore, born in 1873, succeeded to the earldom; the third, Herbert, entered the navy and reached the rank of commander in 1908; and the youngest, Edward Brabazon, was a captain in the 10th hussars.

      A portrait by Rudolf Lehmann was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1899; a 'Vanity Fair' cartoon by 'Spy' was published in 1903; and an engraved portrait was published by Messrs. Walton of Shaftesbury Avenue.


      [The Times, 5 and 9 Aug. 1907; Burke's Peerage.]

      L. G. C. L. [3]
    Person ID I25408  Dickinson
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2019 

    Father Richard Charles Francis Christian Meade, 3rd Earl of Clanwilliam,   b. 15 Aug 1795, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1879, 32 Belgrave Square, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Elizabeth Herbert, Countess of Clanwilliam,   b. 31 Mar 1809,   d. 20 Sep 1858  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 3 Jul 1830  St. George's Church, St. George Street, Hanover Square, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Henrietta Kennedy, Ctss of Clanwilliam,   b. 12 Apr 1842,   d. 1 Apr 1925, Hall Grove, Bagshot, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1867  St. George's Church, St. George Street, Hanover Square, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Katherine Meade,   d. 19 Oct 1954, Hall Grove, Bagshot, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. Beatrice Meade,   d. 19 Jun 1952  [Birth]
    +3. Adelaide Jane Meade,   d. 31 Mar 1960  [Birth]
     4. Elizabeth Selina Georgiana Meade,   b. 30 Jul 1869,   d. 13 Oct 1924  (Age 55 years)  [Birth]
     5. Richard Charles Meade, Lord Gifford,   b. 10 Jun 1868,   d. 14 Oct 1905  (Age 37 years)  [Birth]
    +6. Arthur Vesey Meade, 5th Earl of Clanwilliam,   b. 14 Jan 1873,   d. 3 Jan 1953, Bagshot, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [Birth]
    +7. Herbert Meade-Fetherstonhaugh, DSO, CB, GCVO,   b. 3 Nov 1875,   d. 27 Oct 1964  (Age 88 years)  [Birth]
     8. Edward Brabazon Meade,   b. 10 Sep 1878, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1963, Naples, Napoli, Campania, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F7899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Jun 1867 - St. George's Church, St. George Street, Hanover Square, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Aug 1907 - Badgemore, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Wilton, Wiltshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336470] Wikipedia, (Online: https://en.wikipedia.org), "Richard Meade, 4th Earl of Clanwilliam" at http://bit.ly/2r5C5XK, 4 Dec 2019.

    2. [S39] The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe [online], Darryl Lundy, http://www.thepeerage.com/p3185.htm#i31846, 4 Dec 2019.

    3. [S336351] Dictionary of National Biography, 63 volumes, Sir Sidney Lee, ed., (New York: McMillan and Company, 1885-1900), Public Domain., "Meade, Richard James" by Leonard George Carr Laughton, 597-98 (1912 supp.) and http://bit.ly/33ZlqCB, 5 Dec 2019.