Charles Hillyar

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Sir Charles Hillyar
Born 1817
Died 14 December 1888
Torpoint, Cornwall
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1831–1882
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Gladiator
HMS Queen
HMS Octavia
East Indies & Cape of Good Hope Station
Pacific Station
China Station
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Charles Farrell Hillyar KCB (1817 – 14 December 1888) was a Royal Navy admiral who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, China Station.

Naval career[edit]

Born the son of Admiral Sir James Hillyar, Charles Hillyar joined the Royal Navy in 1831. Promoted to Captain in 1852, he commanded HMS Gladiator in the Black Sea during the Crimean War. He commanded HMS Queen from 1859 and HMS Octavia from 1865.[1]

Hillyar became Commander-in-Chief, East Indies and Cape of Good Hope in 1865, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station in 1872 and Commander-in-Chief, China Station in 1877. He retired in 1882.[1]

Hillyar lived at Torre House at Torpoint in Cornwall.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b William Loney RN
  2. ^ Obituary: Admiral Sir Charles Hillyar The Illustrated London News, 14 July 1888
Military offices
Preceded by
Frederick Montresor
Commander-in-Chief East Indies & Cape of Good Hope Station
Succeeded by
Sir Leopold Heath (East Indies Station)
Sir William Dowell (Cape of Good Hope Station)
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Farquhar
Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Cochrane
Preceded by
Sir Alfred Ryder
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Succeeded by
Robert Coote