Rafe Grenville Rowley-Conwy

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Rear-Admiral Rafe Grenville Rowley-Conwy, CMG (11 September 1875 - 4 April 1951), was a Royal Navy officer and Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire.


Rowley-Conwy was the second son of Captain Conwy Granville Hercules Rowley (1841-1900), by his wife Marian Harford. His father, who later took the surname Rowley-Conwy, was a son of Colonel the Hon. Richard Rowley (1812-1887), an MP for Harwich and a younger son of the 1st Baron Langford.

He was confirmed as a second lieutenant in the Royal Navy on 14 December 1894,[1] and later promoted to Lieutenant. On 13 May 1902 he was appointed to the cruiser HMS Medusa, as First and Gunnery lieutenant.[2] He was promoted to Commander on 22 July 1911,[3] and to Captain on 31 December 1916.[4] In November 1914 he was appointed in command of the destroyer HMS Mentor. He was in command of the 15th Destroyer Flotilla from November, 1917 to 1 March 1919. Appointed Captain (D), 3rd Destroyer Flotilla from 7 July 1919 to 7 July 1921. During the latter part of the First World War, and was appointed captain of the light cruiser HMS Curacoa in 1921. He retired as Rear-Admiral.

Rowley-Conwy was High Sheriff of Flintshire in 1929, and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire on 3 July 1935,[5] serving as such until his death in April 1951.

Rowley-Conwy owned the Bodrhyddan estate in Rhuddlan. He never married, and the estate was inherited by his nephew Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy, who later succeeded a second cousin as Baron Langford.


  1. ^ "No. 26729". The London Gazette. 10 April 1896. p. 2201.
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times. No. 36758. London. 3 May 1902. p. 14.
  3. ^ "No. 28505". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 1911. p. 4596.
  4. ^ "No. 29886". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1916. p. 12.
  5. ^ "No. 34167". The London Gazette. 4 June 1935. p. 3620.

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Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire
Succeeded by