John Knox Laird

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Captain (retired) John Knox Laird, C.B., R.N. (11 May, 1867 – 21 December, 1920) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Birkenhead.

Consequent to a Court Martial convened on 12-13 December 1883 regarding the grounding of Northampton, Laird had six weeks leave stopped and he was reprimanded and logged by the Commander-in-Chief for being below in his hammock during watch. A Sir F. Richards wrote a note contesting the fairness of this.

Laird was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1890.

Laird was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1902. He commanded a destroyer in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1903,

Laird was placed on the Retired List at his own request at the rank of Captain on 19 January, 1911.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Fawn
7 Jun, 1899
Succeeded by
Alan C. Bruce
Preceded by
Wentworth V. Cole
Captain of H.M.S. Magpie
2 Nov, 1899[1] – 7 Nov, 1902
Succeeded by
Frederick R. Harrold
Preceded by
The Hon. Hubert G. Brand
Captain of H.M.S. Success
21 Jul, 1903[2] – 19 Aug, 1903
Succeeded by
Ernest Stevenson
Preceded by
Paul W. Bush
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Sovereign
9 Feb, 1907[3] – 21 May, 1909
Succeeded by
Robert G. Corbett
Preceded by
Clement C. Horne
Captain of H.M.S. Clyde
3 Sep, 1909[4] – 30 Sep, 1910
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Senior Naval Officer and D.N.T.O., Aberdeen
22 Nov, 1914[5] – 21 Dec, 1920[6]
Succeeded by
Colpoys C. Walcott
as Naval Officer in Charge, Aberdeen


  1. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 277.
  2. "APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 16, 1903; pg. 8; Issue 37134.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 370.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 293.
  5. Laird Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/448. f. 453.
  6. Laird Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/448. f. 453.