Richard James Meade, Fourth Earl of Clanwilliam
Life & Career
On the occasion of the Queen's birthday he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Military Division of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 2 June, 1877.
On 7 October, 1879, Gilford succeeded to the earldom, becoming the Earl of Clanwilliam. On 6 September, 1880, he was appointed in command of the Detached Squadron for Particular Service, flying his flag in the Inconstant.
On the occasion of Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 21 June, 1887.
Lord George Hamilton recounts an amusing incident from when a French squadron visited Portsmouth, and its officers were entertained by the Queen at Osborne:
He was very dark and swarthy, and he had a strain of foreign blood in him, his grandmother having been a Russian. He
also spoke French very well. One of the Queen's equerries, in his zeal to welcome all foreigners, seeing this dark, distinguished-looking Admiral standing alone, went up to him and had an animated conversation in French with him. Finally he said to him, "I hope you are enjoying your stay at Portsmouth," whereupon Lord Clanwilliam turned round and said, "Who the devil do you take me for? Don't you know that I am the Queen's Commander-in-Chief?" The Queen was immensely amused on learning how her injunctions to her suiteto make themselves pleasant to the foreign officers had been carried out.
Clanwilliam was promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet on 20 February, 1895. On the occasion of the Queen's birthday he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the First Class, or Knight Grand Cross, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (G.C.B.) on 25 May.
- "Death of Lord Clanwilliam" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 5 August, 1907. Issue 38403, col F, p. 11.
- Hamilton, The Rt. Hon. Lord George (1922). Parliamentary Reminiscences and Reflections 1886—1906. London: John Murray.
- Papers in the possession of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
- The National Archives. ADM 196/86.
- The National Archives. ADM 196/36.
- The National Archives. ADM 196/1.
| Preceded by
| Vice-Admiral Commanding,
Detached Squadron for Particular Service
1880 – 1881
| Succeeded by|
Sir Francis W. Sullivan
Frederick B. P. Seymour
|Junior Naval Lord
J. Edmund Commerell
Arthur W. A. Hood
|Second Naval Lord
6 Dec, 1879
The Rt. Hon. Lord John Hay
John E. Commerell
|Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
25 Aug, 1885
Algernon McL. Lyons
Sir John E. Commerell
|Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth Station
22 Jun, 1891 – Jun, 1894
Sir Nowell Salmon
- The London Gazette: no. 22104. p. 1028. 26 February, 1858.
- The London Gazette: no. 24400. p. 5. 2 January, 1877.
- The London Gazette: no. 24467. p. 3497. 2 June, 1877.
- The Navy List. (June, 1881). p. 188.
- The London Gazette: no. 25600. p. 3033. 25 June, 1886.
- The London Gazette: no. 25712. p. 3361. 21 June, 1887.
- Hamilton. p. 125.
- The London Gazette: no. 26601. p. 1066. 22 February, 1895.
- The London Gazette: no. 26628. p. 3079. 25 May, 1895.
- The London Gazette: no. 27483. p. 6568. 17 October, 1902.
- The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 119.
- Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 87.
- Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 85.