Murray MacGregor Lockhart

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Photo likely taken in 1914 in South Africa

Captain (retired) Murray MacGregor Lockhart, O.B.E., R.N. (10 August, 1871 – 28 March, 1939) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of General Sir William Stephen Alexander Lockhart (1841 – 1900) and nephew of Major-General David Blair Lockhart (whom Lockhart listed as his guardian upon his joining the service) was born 10 August 1871 in Gwalior, India.[1]

He gained five months' time on passing out of Britannia in December, 1886. He served first in Superb and Temeraire in the Mediterranean in 1887 before being sent to join the corvette Garnet in the East Indies for three years, where Captain Jenkings described the midshipman's work as being "poor" and "careless", though he did note that Lockhart spoke some German. Lockhart left the ship in August, 1890 and returned to Home waters for an appointment in Sealark.[2]

Lockhart was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1894.

Lockhart was appointed in command of the destroyer Cynthia on 9 March, 1900.[3] On 27 April, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Avon.[4]

At some point in the 1900's, possibly during a stint in command of the river gunboat Sandpiper on the China Station, Lockhart received an unusually damning note in his Service Record: "T.L.'s severe displeasure expressed at towing his wife's house boat about instead of suppressing piracy." This was reinforced by an evaluation from C-in-C, China Admiral Cyprian Arthur George Bridge that Lockhart was, "not fitted for command of a ship without further trial in a subordinate position."[5]

Following nearly a decade of coursework and Coast Guard appointments at Mabelthorpe and Aberdeen, Lockhart was retired on his own request on 20 November, 1911 and was promoted to the rank of Commander (retired) on 3 August, 1912.

Lockhart reverted to the Retired List on 9 July 1919 with the rank of Captain, dated 11 November, 1918.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John Luce
Captain of H.M.S. Sturgeon
25 Jan, 1900[6] – 9 Mar, 1900
Succeeded by
Henry C. R. Brocklebank
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Cynthia
9 Mar, 1900[7] – 27 Apr, 1900
Succeeded by
Reginald A. Norton
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Avon
27 Apr, 1900[8] – 23 Jan, 1901[9][10]
Succeeded by
John R. Segrave
Preceded by
Thomas Nineham
Captain of H.M.S. Seagull
16 Jul, 1901 – c. Aug, 1901
Succeeded by
Alexander Greening
Preceded by
Henry C. Carr
Captain of H.M.S. Sandpiper
3 Sep, 1901 – Nov, 1904
Succeeded by
Harold T. Atlay
Preceded by
Sidney A. G. Hill
Captain of H.M.S. Armadale Castle
17 Nov, 1914 – 11 Dec, 1914
Succeeded by
George P. England

Footnotes

  1. Email from Martin Smith to tone, 9 March, 2018.
  2. Lockhart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/238. f. 238.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 20 March, 1900. Issue 36094, col D, p. 7.
  4. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 4 May, 1900. Issue 36133, col F, p. 7.
  5. Lockhart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/238. f. 238.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 301.
  7. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 20 March, 1900. Issue 36094, col D, p. 7.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 4 May, 1900. Issue 36133, col F, p. 7.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 10 January, 1901. Issue 36348, col D, p. 8.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 228.