Robert Coote (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Robert Coote CB (1 June 1820 – 17 March 1898) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, China Station.

Robert Coote
Admiral Robert Coote Brookwood Cemetery.JPG
Grave of Robert Coote in Brookwood Cemetery
Born1 June 1820
Geneva, Switzerland
Died17 March 1898 (1898-03-18) (aged 77)
Dulwich, London
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1833–1885
Commands heldHMS Volcano
HMS Victory
HMS Gibraltar
HMS Arethusa
China Station
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath


Coote was a younger son of Sir Charles Coote, 9th Baronet, by Caroline Whaley, daughter of John Whaley, of Whaley Abbey, County Wicklow.[1]

Naval careerEdit

Educated at Eton College,[2] Coote joined the Royal Navy in 1833[3] and served on the coast of Syria in 1840.[2] He was made commander of the sloop HMS Volcano in 1851 while serving in the West Africa Squadron.[3] Promoted to captain in 1854, he commanded HMS Victory from 1860, HMS Gibraltar from 1864 and HMS Arethusa from 1867.[3] He became Commander-in-Chief, Queenstown in 1874[2] and Commander-in-Chief, China in 1878.[3] He retired in 1885.[2]

He is buried in Brookwood Cemetery in Woking Cemetery.[2] There is a memorial to him in St Catherine's Church in Tullamore in County Offaly.[4]


Coote married Lucy Parry, daughter of the Arctic explorer Admiral Sir William Parry, in 1854. They had one son, Stanley Victor Coote, High Sheriff of Roscommon in 1900, and a daughter, Caroline Maud Coote, who married Major-General Cecil William Park. Coote died in March 1898, aged 77. His wife died in February 1906.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Edmund Heathcote
Commander-in-Chief, Queenstown
Succeeded by
Henry Hillyar
Preceded by
Sir Charles Hillyar
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Succeeded by
Sir George Willes