Richard Stapleton-Cotton

Admiral Richard Greville Arthur Wellington Stapleton-Cotton CB CBE MVO (7 November 1873 – 5 January 1953) was a British officer of the Royal Navy.

Richard Stapleton-Cotton
Birth nameRichard Greville Arthur Wellington Stapleton-Cotton
Born7 November 1873
Wellington Barracks, London
Died5 January 1953
Merionethshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service18871931
RankAdmiral
Battles/warsFirst World War
AwardsMember of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Bath
Other workGentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod

Early life and family

Richard Greville Arthur Wellington Stapleton-Cotton was born at Wellington Barracks, London, on 7 November 1873, the second son of Colonel the Honourable Richard Southwell George Stapleton-Cotton (1849–1925), of Plas Llwynon, Anglesey, and his wife, the Honourable Jane Charlotte Methuen, daughter of Frederick Henry Paul Methuen, second Baron Methuen.[1] His father was the younger son of the second Viscount Combermere and had been the Inspector-General of Police in Guiana from 1889 to 1891, was an officer in the Wiltshire Regiment, having served in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and in Bechuanaland in 1885, and served as a Justice of the Peace for Shropshire and Cheshire.[2]

In 1910, he married Olive Harriet Cotton-Jodrell,[3] a daughter of Sir Edward Thomas Davenant Cotton-Jodrell, of Reaseheath and Yeardsley, Cheshire, Member of Parliament for Wirral, and his wife Mary Rennell Coleridge.[4]

Stapleton-Cotton and his dog Tinker are the only two males ever to be accepted as fully paid-up members of the Women's Institute: he played a major part in setting up the first WI meeting in the UK, held in Anglesey in 1915.[5]

Ancestry

Stapleton-Cotton entered the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1887. He was promoted to midshipman two years later and then became a Sub-Lieutenant in 1893, lieutenant two years later, commander in 1905 and captain in 1913. He commanded the Royal Naval College at Osborne from 1906 to 1910.[20] Promoted to rear-admiral in 1923[21] and then to vice-admiral in 1928, he was placed on the retired list by 1931.[22] In 1932, he was promoted to the rank of admiral in the retired list.[23]

In 1905, he was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).[24] He was also appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).[25] From 1928 to 1932, Stapleton-Cotton served as Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod, and then as Registrar and Secretary of the Order of the Bath from 1932 to 1948; in the latter capacity, he attended the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937 and took part in the procession into the Abbey.[26]

Later life

Admiral Stapleton-Cotton died on 5 January 1953, aged 79, in Merionethshire. He left an estate worth over £24,000.[27]

References

Citations

  1. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 23 ; Who Was Who, vol. 5, 1961, p. 1038 for date of death.
  2. Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 1920, pt. 1, p. 195
  3. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes, General Register Office, Marriage Records, Q3 1910, vol. 8a, p. 731
  4. Walford's County Families of the United Kingdom, 1913, p. 257 ; Fox-Davies, Armorial Families, 1929, p. 441
  5. Prior, Neil (24 February 2014). "WI started in Wales during Great War". BBC News. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 20
  7. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 21
  8. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 20 ; daughter of Capt. William Fulke Greville RN.
  9. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 23
  10. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 21
  11. Cris, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18p, p. 21
  12. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 21 ; daughter of Crauford Tait
  13. Cokayne, Complete Peerage, 1895, 1st ed., vol. 5, p. 305
  14. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 23
  15. Cokayne, Complete Peerage, 1895, 1st ed., vol. 5, p. 305 ; daughter of Sir Henry Paulet St John-Mildmay, formerly St John.
  16. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 23
  17. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 23 ; of Nynehead
  18. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 23 ; London Metropolitan Archives, St George Hanover Square, Westminster, Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials, Jan 1824-Dec 1824, DL/T/089/019.
  19. W.J. Fitzpatrick, The Life, Times and Contemporaries of Lord Cloncurry, 1855, pp. 302-303.
  20. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 23
  21. Navy List, July 1924, p. 75
  22. Navy List, July 1931, 552
  23. The London Gazette, 21 October 1932, issue 33875, p. 6626
  24. Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales, vol. 18, p. 23
  25. The London Gazette, 21 October 1932, issue 33875, p. 6626
  26. Who Was Who, vol. 5, 1961, p. 1038 ; Supplement to the London Gazette, 10 November 1937, no. 34453, p. 7047
  27. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes, General Register Office, Death Records, Q1 1953, vol. 8c, p. 1 ; National Probate Calendar, 1953

Bibliography

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Wyndham Murray
Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod
1928–1932
Succeeded by
Charles Longcroft


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