William Wilson

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Vice-Admiral William Wilson, R.N., Retired (29 June, 1848 – 21 July, 1921) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career


Wilson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1890, and remained on half pay for a considerable time as was then the custom.[1]

He assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Endymion on 18 August, 1896.[2] He was appointed in command of the second class battleship Anson on 1 October, 1897.[3] Anson paid off on 31 January, 1900, and he then went on leave followed by half pay.[4]

Wilson was appointed in command of the battleship Resolution on 1 June, 1900. On 24 June, 1901, he was appointed to Asia for command of the Portsmouth Dockyard Reserve. He was superseded at Portsmouth on 28 February, 1903, and on 8 March was appointed Captain Superintendent of Contract Built Ships on the Clyde. On 29 June he was placed on the Retired List under the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, and reappointed as Captain Superintendent. He became Admiral Superintendent on promotion to Rear-Admiral on the Retired List on 31 August. He was superseded as Admiral Superintendent on 29 May, 1906. On 1 June, 1907, he was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List.[5]

See Also


  • "Vice-Admiral W. Wilson" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 23 July, 1921. Issue 42780, col B, p. 12.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward H. Gamble
Captain of H.M.S. Endymion
Aug, 1896[6] – ?
Succeeded by
George A. Callaghan
Preceded by
William F. S. Mann
Captain of H.M.S. Anson
1 Oct, 1897[7] – ?
Succeeded by
William B. Fisher
Preceded by
Charles R. Arbuthnot
Captain of H.M.S. Resolution
1 Jun, 1900[8] – ?
Succeeded by
Alexander W. Chisholm-Batten


  1. ADM 196/17. f. 205.
  2. ADM 196/17. f. 205.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 224.
  4. ADM 196/17. f. 205.
  5. ADM 196/17. f. 205.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 224.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 4 May, 1900. Issue 36133, col G, p. 7.