Beauchamp Seymour, 1st Baron Alcester

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Admiral The Lord Alcester
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Lord Alcester
Nickname(s)The Ocean Swell
Born(1821-04-12)12 April 1821
London, England
Died30 March 1895(1895-03-30) (aged 73)
London, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1834–1885
Commands heldHMS Brisk (1853)
HMS Meteor (1855–56)
Naval Brigade, New Zealand (1860–61)
Junior Naval Lord (1872–74)
Channel Fleet (1874–77)
Mediterranean Fleet (1880–83)
Second Sea Lord (1883–85)[1]
Battles/warsCrimean War (1856)
Maori War (1860–1861)
Anglo-Egyptian War (1882)
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
RelationsHorace Seymour (father)

Admiral Frederick Beauchamp Paget Seymour, 1st Baron Alcester, GCB (12 April 1821 – 30 March 1895) was a British naval commander. He was Commander-in-Chief of the Channel Fleet between 1874 and 1877 and of the Mediterranean Fleet between 1880 and 1883.


Seymour was the son of Colonel Sir Horace Seymour and a cousin of the 5th Marquess of Hertford. [2] He was a great-grandson of the 1st Marquess of Hertford.[3]

Naval career[edit]

Seymour entered the Royal Navy in 1834, and served in the Mediterranean and the Pacific, and was for three years aide-de-camp to his uncle Sir George Seymour, and was promoted to commander in 1847. He also served in Burma. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Australia Station from 10 March 1860 and 21 July 1862 as Commodore second class with his pennant aboard Pelorus. He commanded the Naval Brigade in New Zealand during the New Zealand Wars of 1860–61, and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for this.[2]

In 1872, he became a Fourth Naval Lord for two years, and then commander the Channel Fleet. He became a vice-admiral on 31 December 1876, and was appointed KCB in June 1877, and was promoted to GCB on 24 May 1881. From 1880 to 1883 he was Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and from 1883 to 1885 he was Second Naval Lord. He became an admiral in May 1882.[2]

He was created Baron Alcester (pronounced "Allster"), of Alcester in the County of Warwick, on 24 November 1882[4][5] for his command of the bombardment of Alexandria and in the subsequent operations on the coast of Egypt. He was also honoured with a parliamentary grant of £25,000, the Freedom of the City of London and a Sword of Honour.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Alcester never married. He died 30 March 1895, aged 73, when his peerage became extinct.[2][5]

In his will he left the balance of his estate to Agnes Sinclair for her lifetime. On her death, two fifths were left to Frederick Charles Horace Sinclair and one fifth each to Hugh Francis Paget Sinclair, Claude Sinclair and Evelyn Sinclair.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage". Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e Chisholm 1911.
  3. ^ Cokayne 1910, p. 97.
  4. ^ "No. 25170". The London Gazette. 21 November 1882. p. 5195.
  5. ^ a b Cokayne 1910, p. 98.
  6. ^ Berrow's Worcester Journal (Worcester, England), Saturday, 18 May 1895; pg. 2; Issue 10517

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Military offices
Preceded by
William Loring
Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station
Succeeded by
William Burnett
Preceded by
Sir John Tarleton
Junior Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Lord Gillford
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Hornby
Senior Officer in Command of the Channel Squadron
Succeeded by
Lord John Hay
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Hornby
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Lord John Hay
Preceded by
Lord John Hay
Second Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Hoskins
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Alcester
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