Edward Owen (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Sir Edward William Campbell Rich Owen GCB GCH (1771 – 8 October 1849) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet. He was the son of Captain William Owen and elder brother of Vice-Admiral William Fitzwilliam Owen.

Sir Edward Owen
Admiral Sir Edward Owen
Campobello, Nova Scotia
Died8 October 1849 (aged 77–78)
Windlesham House, near Bagshot, Surrey, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Commands held
Battles/warsNapoleonic Wars

Naval careerEdit

Owen joined the Royal Navy in 1786 under the patronage of his godfather Sir Thomas Rich.[1] He served on several ships around the world. After being promoted to lieutenant in November 1793, he joined Hannibal and thereafter served with the blockading fleet off Cadiz. His loyalty during the Mutiny at the Nore in 1797 made him a captain in 1798.[2]

He was given command, successively, of HMS Nemesis, the captured French frigate HMS Immortalité (1802) and HMS Clyde in March 1806.[1] In 1809 he took part in the unsuccessful Walcheren Campaign in 1809.[1]

Later he commanded HMS Inconstant, HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorset.[1] In 1811 he was active in the Gulf of Mexico, in 1813 he served in the North Sea and in 1814 on the Great Lakes. On his return (1816) he got the command of HMS Royal Sovereign and was knighted that year.[2]

He became Commander-in-Chief, West Indies in 1823[3] and, following promotion to rear admiral in 1825, he was appointed Surveyor-General of the Ordnance in 1827, made a member of the Lord High Admiral's Council in 1828 and was made Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station in 1829.[1][2] In this capacity he had to contend with pirates and considered the use of steam ships to pursue them.[4] Promoted to vice admiral in 1837, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet on HMS Queen in 1841.[1] In 1845 he had command of the Experimental Squadron.[5] In 1846 he was promoted to admiral.[2]

He also served as Member of Parliament for Sandwich from 1826 until 1829, when he resigned from Parliament by taking the Chiltern Hundreds.[1]

Owen Sound in Georgian Bay was named after him by his younger brother.[6]

See alsoEdit

  • O'Byrne, William Richard (1849). "Owen, Edward William Campbell Rich" . A Naval Biographical Dictionary . John Murray – via Wikisource.



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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Bonham
Sir George Warrender
Member of Parliament for Sandwich
With: Joseph Marryatt
Succeeded by
Joseph Marryatt
Henry Fane
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Rowley
Commander-in-Chief, West Indies
Succeeded by
Lawrence Halsted
Preceded by
The Lord Downes
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Taylor
Preceded by
William Hall Gage
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
John Gore
(As Commander-in-Chief, East Indies and China Station)
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Leith Hay
Clerk of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Leith Hay
Preceded by
Sir Robert Stopford
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir William Parker