Leopold Heath

Vice Admiral Sir Leopold George Heath KCB (18 November 1817 – 7 May 1907) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station.

Sir Leopold Heath
Sir Leopold Heath
Born(1817-11-18)18 November 1817
Died7 May 1907(1907-05-07) (aged 89)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1830–1877
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldHMS Sans Pareil
HMS Seahorse
HMS Melampus
HMS Arrogant
HMS Dauntless
HMS Cambridge
East Indies Station
Battles/warsCrimean War
Expedition to Abyssinia
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Heath joined the Royal Navy in 1830[1] and was involved in the capture of Borneo in 1846.[2] He was beachmaster during the British landings at Eupatoria during the Crimean War and then became acting Captain of HMS Sans Pareil in the Black Sea before taking personal charge of the Port of Balaclava.[1] In 1846, as Lt Heath of HMS Iris, he drew a three- part depiction of the coasts of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. His drawings were published by the Hydrographer's Office, London, in 1847 as a guide for merchant ships' captains. The series was republished in 1997 to mark the end of the 99-year lease by Britain of Hong Kong's New Territories.[3]

Heath later commanded HMS Seahorse, HMS Melampus, HMS Arrogant, HMS Dauntless and then HMS Cambridge.[1] He was appointed Vice-President of the Ordnance Select Committee at Woolwich in 1863 and Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station in 1867 and the following year took charge of the naval aspects of the Expedition to Abyssinia.[2] He served on a committee for torpedo defence in 1870 and retired in 1877.[1]

In retirement Heath lived at Anstie Grange in Holmwood in Surrey. He became a Director of the Hand in Hand Fire & Life Insurance Society, of the Central Bank of London and of the Eastern and South African Telegraph Company.[2] In 1897 he published Letters from the Black Sea during the Crimean War, 1854-55.[1]


On 8 December 1853 Heath married Mary Emma Marsh at St. Paul's Church, Malta;[4] they had issue seven children, who survived them:

  • Arthur Raymond Heath (1854-1943), married Flora Jean Baxter
  • Marion Emma (1856-1949), married firstly Alfred Fox Cotton, secondly Major Ralph Martin Crofton
  • Frederick Crofton Heath, later Heath-Caldwell[5] (1858-1945), Major-General British Army, married Constance Mary Helsham Helsham-Jones
  • Cuthbert Eden Heath (1859-1939), married Sarah Caroline Gore Gambier
  • Ada Randolf (1860-1957), married H.J.T. Broadwood (1856-1911)
  • Sir Herbert Leopold Heath (1861-1954), Admiral Royal Navy, married Elizabeth Catherine Simpson
  • Sir Gerard Moore Heath (1863-1929), Major-General British Army, married Mary Egerton.[2]


  1. William Loney RN
  2. Admiral Sir Leopold George Heath
  3. "Hong Kong As seen from the Anchorage. Drawn by Lieut. L.G. Heath of HMS Iris 1846". Hydrographic Office. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  4. The Peerage.com
  5. This son, as Lieutenant Frederick Heath, took part in the losing Royal Engineers team in the 1878 FA Cup Final.


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Hillyar
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
James Cockburn
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