Edward Durnford King

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Sir Edward Durnford King
Born 1771
Died 14 January 1862
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Leviathan
HMS Andromeda
HMS Endymion
HMS Monmouth
Cape of Good Hope Station
Nore Command
Battles/wars French Revolutionary Wars
Napoleonic Wars
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order

Admiral Sir Edward Durnford King KCH (1771 – 14 January 1862) was a Royal Navy officer. After taking part in the Glorious First of June he saw action at the blockade of Cadiz before going on to be Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope and Brazil in 1840 and then Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1845.

Naval career[edit]

Durnford King joined the Royal Navy in 1786.[1] He took part in the action of the Glorious First of June in 1794 and, having become a lieutenant on HMS Dryad, took part in the capture of the French ship Prosperpine in 1796.[1] Promoted to acting Captain in 1800, he commanded HMS Leviathan and, following his promotion to full Captain, he transferred to HMS Andromeda.[1] In 1805 he was given command of HMS Endymion and took part in the blockade of Cadiz.[1] He later commanded HMS Monmouth at the capture of Tharangambadi (Tranquebar) in India[1] and was knighted in 1833.[2]

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station in 1840[3] and Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1845.[1]


He married Elizabeth Bennett.[4]


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Military offices
Preceded by
George Elliot
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station
Succeeded by
Josceline Percy
Preceded by
Sir John White
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir George Elliot