Author Results for Hugh Owen

‘I Shall Make Five Sons of Mine Fight for Their King and Country’: the Naval Sons of William IV and Mrs Jordan

By Hugh Owen

King William IV’s illegitimate sons William Courtney and George, Henry, Adolphus and Augustus Fitzclarence all had, at their father’s behest, careers of varying lengths and success in the Royal Navy. Although they possessed royal blood, they did not enjoy royal status, and so their careers were similar in content to, but rather better recorded than, […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Eastman’s Royal Naval Academy, Southsea, in the 1870s

By Hugh Owen

Eastman’s Royal Naval Academy (E.R.N.A.) was one of several prep schools that gave young boys intended for a career as an officer in the Royal Navy the necessary educational background before taking the examination for entry as a cadet. This account is based on the reminiscences of a 12-year-old student (Robert Scot Skirving 1859-1956) who […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies