Robert Fanshawe Stopford

Admiral Robert Fanshawe Stopford (19 December 1811 – 4 January 1891) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Channel Squadron.

Robert Fanshawe Stopford
Born19 December 1811
Died4 January 1891 (1891-01-05) (aged 79)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Zebra
HMS Talbot
HMS Asia
HMS Queen
Channel Squadron
Battles/warsOriental Crisis

Born the son of Admiral Sir Robert Stopford, Stopford was appointed a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy in 1830 and, as Commander of HMS Zebra, took part in operations off the coast of Syria during the Oriental Crisis in 1840.[1] Promoted to Captain in 1840, he was given command of HMS Talbot in which he surveyed the Skerki Channel off Sardinia.[2] He later commanded HMS Asia and then HMS Queen.[1] He was made Captain of the Fleet for the Channel Squadron in June 1860 and Commander-in-Chief, Channel Squadron in October 1860.[1]

In retirement Stopford lived at Mount Ararat a mansion at Richmond Hill.[3]


In 1843 he married Emily Anna Wilbraham; they had five sons and two daughters.[4] Following the death of his first wife in 1862, he married Lucy Hester Hornby, the daughter of Admiral Sir Phipps Hornby, in 1865.[4]

See also

  • O'Byrne, William Richard (1849). "Stopford, Robert Fanshawe" . A Naval Biographical Dictionary. John Murray via Wikisource.


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Fremantle
Commander-in-Chief, Channel Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Smart
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