FitzRoy Henry Lee

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FitzRoy Henry Lee
Vice-Admiral Fitzroy Henry Lee (1699-1750), by British school of the 18th century.jpg
Fitzroy Henry Lee, ca. 1725
Born (1699-01-02)2 January 1699
Died 14 April 1750(1750-04-14) (aged 51)
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
 United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1716–1750
Rank Vice Admiral

Fitzroy Henry Lee (2 January 1699 – 14 April 1750) was an officer of the Royal Navy. He served as Commodore Governor of Newfoundland, Canada. He was supposedly the model for Hawser Trunnion from Tobias Smollett's The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle.[1]


Lee was the seventh son of 1st Earl of Lichfield and Charles II's illegitimate daughter Lady Charlotte Fitzroy. He was born in Oxfordshire, England.

He entered the Royal Navy in 1716, and in May 1735 was commissioned Governor of Newfoundland. Lee was known for debauchery and drunkenness which subsequently led to his being relieved of his naval command around 1746.

Apparently the complaints could not be substantiated; for Lee was not tried, and on his arrival in England, in October 1747, his promotion to be rear-admiral, which had been suspended, was dated back to 15 July. On 12 May 1748, he was advanced to be vice-admiral of the white, but he had no further service, and died suddenly on 14 April 1750.[2]

Service history[edit]

  • 1716 entered the Royal Navy
  • 1722 promoted lieutenant
  • 1734 captain of HMS Falkland
  • 1735 appointed Governor of Newfoundland
  • 1746 relieved of his naval command
  • 1748 promoted Vice-admiral

See also[edit]


  1. ^ J. K. Laughton, ‘Lee, Fitzroy Henry (1699–1750)’, rev. Philip Carter, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  2. ^ Laughton 1892.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLaughton, John Knox (1892). "Lee, Fitzroy Henry". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 32. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Viscount Muskerry
Commodore Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Philip Vanbrugh