Francis Egerton (Royal Navy officer)

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Admiral Francis Egerton (15 September 1824 – 15 December 1895), known as Francis Leveson-Gower until 1833, was a British naval commander and politician[1] from the Egerton family.

Egerton was the second son of Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, younger son of George Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland. His mother was Harriet Catherine, daughter of Charles Greville.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1840, and immediately saw active service due to the Oriental Crisis of that year: he served off the Syrian coast and was present at the bombardment of Acre.[1] During the Crimean War he was in command of HMS Bailisk and in 1855 he reached the rank of captain.[1] Egerton married Lady Louisa Caroline, daughter of William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire, and sister of Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire, in 1861.[1]

He was aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria from 1865-1873.[1] In 1873 he was promoted to rear admiral[2] and he was placed on the retired list in November 1875.[3] Following his retirement he continued to be promoted: in 1878 to vice admiral and in 1884 to the rank of admiral.[1]

He also sat as Member of Parliament for Derbyshire East from 1868 to 1885 and for Derbyshire North-East from 1885 to 1886.

In his later years he was a resident of Surrey, where he continued his political activities as president of the Chertsey Division of the Central Liberal Council.[1] He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of the county in 1893. He died at his home in Weybridge from heart disease aged 71 and was buried at Byfleet.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Obituary". The Times. 17 December 1895. p. 6. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23948. p. 637. 14 February 1873.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 24263. p. 5261. 5 November 1875.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Derbyshire East
1868–1885
With: Henry Strutt 1868–1874
Francis Arkwright 1874–1880
Alfred Barnes 1880–1885
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Derbyshire North-East
1885–1886
Succeeded by
Thomas Bolton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Lovelace
Lord Lieutenant of Surrey
1893–1895
Succeeded by
The Viscount Midleton