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Admiral Henry Eden (1798 – 30 January 1888) was a senior British Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Naval Lord.

Henry Eden
Died30 January 1888
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1811 – 1870
Commands heldHMS Conway
HMS Impregnable
HMS Caledonia

Naval careerEdit

He was born the fourth son of Thomas Eden of Wimbledon, Surrey, the Deputy-Auditor of Greenwich Hospital.[1] Eden joined the Royal Navy in 1811.[2] He was given command of the sixth-rate HMS Conway in 1832, the second-rate HMS Impregnable in 1839 and the first-rate HMS Caledonia in 1840.[2] His last seagoing command was HMS Collingwood from which he was invalided home in 1844.[1]

In 1846 he was made private secretary to Lord Auckland, First Lord of the Admiralty.[3]

He became Second Naval Lord in March 1855 and Third Naval Lord in April 1857 before moving back up to Second Naval Lord again in November 1857 and leaving the Admiralty in March 1858.[2]


In 1849 he married Elizabeth Harriet Georgiana Beresford, daughter of Lord George Beresford.[4]They lived at Gillingham Hall in Suffolk[4] but had no children.[3]


  1. ^ a b O'Byrne, William Richard (1849). "Eden, Henry (a)" . A Naval Biographical Dictionary . John Murray – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ a b c "Henry Eden". William Loney RN. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Henry Eden". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Henry Eden". The Retrieved 8 January 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Dundas
Second Naval Lord
March 1855—April 1857
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Dundas
Preceded by
Sir Peter Richards
Third Naval Lord
April 1857–November 1857
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Milne
Preceded by
Sir Richard Dundas
Second Naval Lord
November 1857—March 1858
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Dundas