Adolphus FitzGeorge

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Sir Adolphus FitzGeorge
FitzGeorge Family Four Generations Portrait 1900.jpg
FitzGeorge (right) with his father Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, daughter Olga, and grandson George FitzGeorge Hamilton, 1900
Born(1846-01-30)30 January 1846
Buckingham Palace, London, England
Died17 December 1922(1922-12-17) (aged 76)
London, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1859–1893
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldHMS Jumna
HMS Salamis
HMS Dasher
HMS Rapid
AwardsKnight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Sophia Jane Holden
(m. 1875; died 1920)

Marguerite Watson
(m. 1920)
RelationsPrince George, Duke of Cambridge (father)
Sarah Fairbrother (mother)
Olga FitzGeorge (daughter)
George FitzGeorge Hamilton (grandchild)

Rear Admiral Sir Adolphus Augustus Frederick FitzGeorge KCVO (30 January 1846 – 17 December 1922) was a senior officer of the Royal Navy.


Adolphus FitzGeorge was born 30 January 1846, the second son of Prince George, Duke of Cambridge and the actress Sarah Fairbrother. His parents subsequently went through a form of marriage in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, when his mother was pregnant with his youngest brother. Neither he nor his brothers, George FitzGeorge and Augustus FitzGeorge, held royal titles, and were ineligible to succeed to the Dukedom of Cambridge.

Sir Adolphus entered the Royal Navy in March 1859. He became sub-lieutenant in 1865, and a lieutenant in the following year. In June 1867, he joined the Galatea, screw frigate, commanded by Captain the Duke of Edinburgh, and in March 1872, was appointed Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Sir Rodney Mundy, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth. On 30 November 1872, he was promoted to commander. Following a period at the Royal Naval College, he became Inspecting Officer of Coastguard at Scarborough in February 1874, and in September of the next year, was given command of the sloop Rapid in the Mediterranean. Other commands he held were those of the Dasher, paddle gun-vessel, stationed off the Channel Islands; and the Salamis, dispatch vessel, in the Channel Squadron, from the latter of which he was promoted captain on 14 October 1881. In March 1885, he became captain of the troopship Jumna, in the transport service to India, and his two years or more in this command marked the limit of his active naval employment. He retired on 1 January 1893, and was advanced to rear admiral on the retired list on 20 October 1896. On leaving the Navy he received the appointment of Deputy Ranger of Richmond Park. For many years he acted as equerry to his father, and in 1904, the year in which the Duke died, he was gazetted a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Sir Adolphus married, on 21 September 1875 in Kingston upon Hull, Sophia Jane Holden (2 April 1857 – 3 February 1920), the daughter of Mr. Thomas Holden, of Winstead Hall, Hull, by whom he had one daughter, Olga FitzGeorge. Following the death of the first Lady FitzGeorge, the Admiral married, on 28 October 1920 in London, Marguerite Beatrice Daisy Watson (14 April 1863 – 26 February 1934), daughter of John Watson, of Waresley Court, Hartlebury, Worcestershire.

Sir Adolphus died 17 December 1922 at his residence, 20 Eccleston Square, London.


Name Birth Death Notes
Olga Mary Adelaide FitzGeorge 11 June 1877 15 October 1928 married firstly, 1897, Mr (later Sir) C.E. Archibald Hamilton (divorced 1902); married secondly, in 1905, Robert Charlton Lane. Issue from both marriages (including Second Lieutenant George FitzGeorge Hamilton).



  • Sir Adolphus Fitz George Career in the Navy, The Times, 18 December 1922; p. 14.