Sir William Acland, 2nd Baronet

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Sir William Acland, 2nd Bt

William Alison Dyke Acland by Sarah A Acland 1903.jpg
An early colour photo taken in 1903 by his sister
Born(1847-12-18)18 December 1847
Died26 November 1924(1924-11-26) (aged 76)
Commands heldChannel Squadron;
Admiral Superintendent of the Gibraltar Dockyard
Spouse(s)Emily Anna Smith

Admiral Sir William Alison Dyke Acland, 2nd Baronet, CVO, JP, DL (18 December 1847 – 26 November 1924) was a Royal Navy admiral.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

William Acland was the eldest son of Sir Henry Acland, 1st Baronet and Sarah Cotton.


Acland rose to the rank of admiral in the Royal Navy. He was appointed second in command of the Channel Squadron from early June 1901,[3] and hoisted his flag on board the pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Magnificent on 5 June 1901.[4] After a year he was relieved of the command in the Channel Squadron, and struck his flag on the Magnificent on 5 June 1902.[5] Four months later, he was appointed Admiral Superintendent of the Gibraltar Dockyard,[6] and was received in audience by King Edward VII on 21 October 1902,[7] before taking up the position later the same month.

He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, and a Justice of the Peace for Oxfordshire and Devon. He lived at his official residence The Mount whilst he held the office of Admiral Superintendent of the Gibraltar Dockyard from 1902 to 1904.

Personal life[edit]

William Acland married Hon. Emily Anna Smith, daughter of the Rt. Hon. William Henry Smith and Emily Danvers, Viscountess Hambleden, on 7 July 1887, and had the following children:


Acland succeeded his father as 2nd Baronet Acland, of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford on the latter's death on 16 October 1900. On his death in 1924, he was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son.


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  2. ^ "ACLAND, Admiral Sir William Alison Dyke", Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2007.
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36455). London. 15 May 1901. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36474). London. 6 June 1901. p. 11.
  5. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36787). London. 6 June 1902. p. 11.
  6. ^ "Naval appointments". The Times (36842). London. 9 August 1902. p. 10.
  7. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36905). London. 22 October 1902. p. 8.

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Preceded by
Admiral-Superintendent of HM Dockyard, Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Acland
Baronet Acland
(of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford)

Succeeded by
William Acland