Edward Fitzherbert, 13th Baron Stafford

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Edward Fitzherbert, 13th Baron Stafford
Rear-admiral the Hon Edward Stafford Fitzherbert Cb Art.IWMART1737.jpg
1918 portrait by Francis Dodd
Born 17 April 1864
Died 28 September 1941 (1941-09-29) (aged 77)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1877–1925
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Albemarle
HMS Impregnable, formerly Howe
HMS Bedford
Cape of Good Hope Station
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Edward Stafford Fitzherbert, 13th Baron Stafford, KCB (17 April 1864 – 28 September 1941) was an English peer, holding the title Baron Stafford. He was also a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station.

Naval career[edit]

Fitzherbert joined the Royal Navy in 1877.[1] He was promoted to commander on 30 June 1899,[2] and during the summer of 1902 was appointed in command of the protected cruiser HMS Cambrian, senior officer′s ship on the South East Coast of America Station.[3] Promoted to Captain in 1904,[4] he was given command of the battleship HMS Albemarle,[5] of the training ship HMS Impegnable[6] and then of the armoured cruiser HMS Bedford which ran aground during sea trials in 1910.[7]

He served in World War I as Director of Mines and Torpedoes from October 1915 and as Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station from May 1918.[8] He became a full Admiral on retirement in 1925.[9]


His father was Basil Thomas Fitzherbert and his mother was Emily Charlotte Stafford-Jerningham.[10] He changed his surname to Fitzherbert-Stafford by Royal Licence. It was through his mother's side of the family that he gained the Stafford barony in 1932; his brother Francis Fitzherbert-Stafford, 12th Baron Stafford had died without issue in 1932.[11] Fitzherbert-Stafford also descended from Genoese nobility as his great grandfather was John Vincent Gandolfi, 12th Marquis Gandolfi.[12]

Fitzherbert did not marry and died without issue, the barony thus passed on to his nephew, Basil Fitzherbert, 14th Baron Stafford. The 13th Baron Stafford died at the family seat of Swynnerton Hall in 1941 at age 77.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Naval Cadetships, The Times, 30 June 1877
  2. ^ "No. 27099". The London Gazette. 14 July 1899. p. 4345. 
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36847). London. 15 August 1902. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Royal Navy Admirals 1904-1945
  5. ^ Royal Navy Fleet Organisation 1906
  6. ^ Navy List 1908
  7. ^ Royal Navy Memorials
  8. ^ Simonstown Historical Society Archived 2010-11-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "No. 33031". The London Gazette. 20 March 1925. p. 1954. 
  10. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Edward Fitzherbert, 13th Baron Stafford". ThePeerage.com. p. 7521 § 75208. Retrieved 21 March 2008. [unreliable source?]
  11. ^ Francis Edward Fitzherbert-Stafford, 12th Baron Stafford". GeneAll.net. Retrieved on 2008-03-21.
  12. ^ Raineval, Melville Henry Massue marquis de Ruvigny et (1994). The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: Being a Complete Table of All the Descendants Now Living of Edward III, King of England. The Clarence volume. Genealogical Publishing Co. p. [page needed]. ISBN 978-0-8063-1432-7. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Edward Charlton
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station
Succeeded by
Sir William Goodenough
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Francis Fitzherbert-Stafford, 12th Baron Stafford
Baron Stafford
Succeeded by
Basil Fitzherbert, 14th Baron Stafford