Robert O'Brien FitzRoy

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Robert O'Brien FitzRoy
Born 2 April 1839
Died 7 May 1896
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1853 - 1896
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Alexandra
Channel Squadron
Battles/wars Second Opium War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir Robert O'Brien FitzRoy KCB (2 April 1839 – 7 May 1896) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Channel Squadron.

Naval career[edit]

Born the son of Admiral Robert FitzRoy, FitzRoy Junior joined the Royal Navy in 1853.[1] He served in the Second Opium War in 1857 and was promoted to Captain in 1872.[1] In 1878 he commanded HMS Alexandra, flagship of Admiral Sir Geoffrey Hornby through the Dardanelles to Constantinople and although he grounded the ship, it was later re-floated.[2] On 16 April 1886 he was made an Naval Aide-de-Camp to the Queen.[3]

He served as Commander-in-Chief, Channel Squadron from 1894 to 1895[4] and was appointed KCB shortly before his death in 1896.[5]


  1. ^ a b The Correspondence of Charles Darwin:, Volume 14; Volume 1866 By Charles Darwin, Duncan M. Porter, p. 509
  2. ^ HMS Alexandra
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25578. p. 1839. 16 April 1886. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  4. ^ Whitacker's Almanack 1895
  5. ^ Whitacker's Almanack 1896
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Fairfax
Commander-in-Chief, Channel Fleet
Succeeded by
Lord Walter Kerr