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Sir George Francis Seymour
Admiral, Sir George Francis Seymour (1787-1870), Admiral of the Fleet
Born 17 September 1787
Died 20 January 1870[1]
Place of birth Berkeley, Gloucestershire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom Royal Navy
Years of service 1797 to 1868
Rank Admiral of the Fleet
Commands held HMS Kingfisher
HMS Aurora
HMS Pallas
HMS Fortunée
HMS Leonidas
Commander-in-Chief Pacific Station (1844–1847)
Commander-in-Chief North America and West Indies Station (1851–1853)
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth (1856–1859)
Battles/wars Napoleonic Wars
Battle of the Basque Roads
War of 1812
Awards Knight Grand Cross Royal Guelphic Order
Knight Grand Cross Order of the Bath
Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Francis Seymour, GCB, GCH, PC (17 September 1787 – 20 January 1870) was a Royal Navy officer.

Naval careerEdit

Seymour was the eldest son of Vice-Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour (himself a son of Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford) and Anna Horatia Waldegrave (a daughter of James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave) and entered the Royal Navy in 1797.[2]

In 1806, he took command of Kingfisher and sailed her back to Britain. Promoted to Captain later that year, he was given command of HMS Aurora.[2]

He captained HMS Pallas during the Battle of Basque Roads and HMS Fortunée and HMS Leonidas during the War of 1812.[2] For his part in the latter war, he was appointed a CB in 1815 (alongside many other Captains) and a KCH in 1831 (and later a GCH in 1834).[2] In 1841 he was appointed Third Naval Lord.[2]

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief Pacific Station in 1844, Commander-in-Chief North America and West Indies Station in 1851 and Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1856.[2]

He was appointed a GCB in 1860 and promoted to Admiral of the Fleet in 1866.[2]

He died in January 1870, eight months before his first cousin once removed, the 4th Marquess of Hertford; had he survived him, he would have succeeded to the title. His son Francis succeeded as the 5th Marquess in August.


In 1811, Seymour had married Georgiana Mary Berkeley (a daughter of Sir George Berkeley) and they had eight children:


Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Morice Pole, Bt
Master of the Robes
Last permanent holder
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Samuel Pechell, Bt
Third Naval Lord
Succeeded by
William Bowles
Preceded by
Richard Thomas
Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station
Succeeded by
Phipps Hornby
Preceded by
The Earl of Dundonald
North America and West Indies Station

Succeeded by
Arthur Fanshawe
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Cochrane
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Succeeded by
William Bowles
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir William Parker
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir William Bowles
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Cochrane
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom

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