Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu

Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu (24 February 1852 – 25 March 1932) was a Danish naval officer and businessman who became a Siamese admiral and minister of the navy. He was granted the Thai noble title Phraya Chonlayutthayothin (Thai: พระยาชลยุทธโยธินทร์).[1]

Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu
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Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu in 1903
Commander of the Navy Department
In office
16 January 1900 – 29 January 1901
Preceded byPrachak Silapakhom [th]
Succeeded byBhanurangsi Savangwongse
Personal details
Born(1852-02-24)24 February 1852
Aabenraa, Denmark
Died25 March 1932(1932-03-25) (aged 80)
Hørsholm, Denmark
Resting placeChurch of Holmen
ProfessionNavy officer
Military service
Branch/service Royal Danish Navy
State Flag of Thailand (1916).svg Royal Siamese Navy
RankVice Admiral

He commanded forces at the Phra Chulachomklao Fortress in the Paknam Incident of 13 July 1893,[2] that ended the Franco-Siamese War, and went on to become the first and only foreign-born commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy, from 16 January 1900 to 29 January 1901.[3]

He returned to Denmark in 1902, suffering from malaria.[1] He died at Kokkedal House in Hørsholm and is buried at Holmens Cemetery in Copenhagen.

Phraya Cholayuthyothin's sarcophagus at Church of Holmen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Honours and awardsEdit

from Denmark
from Siam
from other countries


  1. ^ a b Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu: The Admiral Who Went Ashore Archived 25 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Warington Smyth, Herbert (1898). Five Years in Siam, from 1891 to 1896: Vol 1. John Murray. p. 266. ISBN 1375627406. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ Royal Thai Navy. นายพลเรือโท พระยาชลยุทธโยธินทร์ [Vice Admiral Phraya Cholayuthyothin] (in Thai). Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  4. ^ พระราชทานเหรียญรัตนาภรณ์ ฝ่ายหน้า และฝ่ายใน

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