Edward Owen (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Edward Owen
Admiral Sir Edward Owen
Born 1771
Campobello, Nova Scotia
Died 8 October 1849 (aged 77–78)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held
Battles/wars Napoleonic Wars

Admiral Sir Edward William Campbell Rich Owen GCB GCH (1771 – 8 October 1849) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet. He was the son of Captain William Owen and elder brother of Vice-Admiral William Fitzwilliam Owen.

Naval career[edit]

Owen joined the Royal Navy under the patronage of his godfather Sir Thomas Rich in 1786.[1] He served on several ships around the world. After being promoted to Lieutenant November 1793, he joined the Hannibal and thereafter served with the blockading fleet off Cadiz. His loyalty during the Mutiny at the Nore in 1797 made him a captain in 1798.[2]

He was given command, successively, of HMS Nemesis, the captured French frigate HMS Immortalité (1802) and HMS Clyde in March 1806.[1] In 1809 he took part in the unsuccessful Walcheren Campaign in 1809.[1]

Later he commanded HMS Inconstant, HMS Cormwall and HMS Dorset.[1] In 1811 he was active in the Gulf of Mexico, in 1813 he served in the North Sea and in 1814 on the Great Lakes. On his return (1816) he got the command of the HMS Royal Sovereign and was knighted that year.[2]

He became Commander-in-Chief, West Indies in 1823[3] and, following promotion to rear admiral in 1825, he was appointed Surveyor-General of the Ordnance in 1827, made a member of the Lord High Admiral's Council in 1828 and was made Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station in 1829.[1][2] In this capacity he had to contend with pirates and considered the use of steam ships to pursue them.[4] Promoted to vice admiral in 1837, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet on HMS Queen in 1841.[1] In 1845 he had command of the Experimental Squadron.[5] In 1846 he was promoted to admiral.[2]

He also served as Member of Parliament for Sandwich from 1826 until 1829, when he resigned from Parliament by taking the Chiltern Hundreds.[1]

Owen Sound in Georgian Bay was named after him by his younger brother.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Bonham
Sir George Warrender
Member of Parliament for Sandwich
With: Joseph Marryatt
Succeeded by
Joseph Marryatt
Henry Fane
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Rowley
Commander-in-Chief, West Indies
Succeeded by
Lawrence Halsted
Preceded by
The Lord Downes
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Taylor
Preceded by
William Hall Gage
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
John Gore
(As Commander-in-Chief, East Indies and China Station)
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Leith Hay
Clerk of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Leith Hay
Preceded by
Sir Robert Stopford
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir William Parker