Reginald Macdonald

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Sir Reginald Macdonald
Reginald John Macdonald, Vanity Fair, 1880-02-07.jpg
"Rim". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1880.
Born 1820
Died 15 December 1899
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Ferret
HMS Hogue
HMS Arethusa
HMS Bellerophon
East Indies Station
Nore Command
Battles/wars Eighth Xhosa War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India

Admiral Sir Reginald John James George Macdonald KCB KCSI (1820 – 15 December 1899) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station.

Naval career[edit]

Macdonald joined the Royal Navy in 1833.[1] He served in the Eighth Xhosa War as Commander of HMS Ferret.[2] Promoted to Captain in 1854, he commanded HMS Hogue, HMS Arethusa and then HMS Bellerophon.[2] He was appointed Second-in-Command of the Channel Fleet in 1872 and from 1873 he became the 21st chief of the Clan Macdonald of Clanranald.[1]

He was made Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station in 1875 and Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1879.[2] He retired in 1884.[2]


In 1855 he married Adelaide Louisa Vernon; they had one son.[3]


See also[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Cumming
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
Sir John Corbett
Preceded by
Sir William King-Hall
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Rice