John Hay

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Admiral of the Fleet THE RIGHT HONOURABLE Lord John Hay, G.C.B., Royal Navy (23 August, 1827 – 4 May, 1916) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

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Early Life & Career

Hay was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 19 December, 1846.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 28 August, 1851.[2]

For his service in the Naval Brigade before Sevastopol he was promoted to the rank of Captain dated 27 November, 1854.[3]

Flag Rank

Hay was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 7 May, 1872, vice Ryder.[4]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 31 December, 1877.[5]

On the occasion of the Queen's birthday Hay was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, of the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 24 May, 1881.[6]

Hay was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 8 July, 1884, vice McClintock (of Arctic fame).[7]

He was appointed an Ordinary Member of the First Class, or Knight Grand Cross, of the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (G.C.B.) on 30 July, 1886.[8]

Hay was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, on 27 May, 1887.[9] On 15 December, 1888, he was promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.[10]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, he was placed on the Retired List on 23 August, 1897.[11]

In retirement Lord John Hay wrote many letters to his friend Admiral Sir John Fisher. In one of them, regarding the "paintwork incident" between Sir Percy Scott and Lord Charles Beresford, Hay wrote that "I relieve my feelings by writing to you, differing from so many who write to "The Times", which I never do."[12]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Death of Lord John Hay" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 5 May, 1916. Issue 41159, col C, p. 11.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Sir James Drummond as Fourth Naval Lord
Junior Naval Lord
1868
Succeeded by
Sir John W. Tarleton
Preceded by
Sir Frederick B. P. Seymour
Senior Officer in Command, Channel Squadron
10 Nov, 1877[13]
Succeeded by
Arthur W. A. Hood
Preceded by
Richard J. Meade
Second Naval Lord
13 May, 1880[14]
Succeeded by
The Rt. Hon. Lord Alcester
Preceded by
Frederick B. P. Seymour
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station
7 Feb, 1883 – 5 Feb, 1886
Succeeded by
H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh
Preceded by
Sir Arthur W. A. Hood
First Naval Lord
16 Feb, 1886[15]
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur W. A. Hood
Preceded by
Augustus Phillimore
Commander in Chief, Plymouth Station
25 May, 1887[16]
Succeeded by
Sir William M. Dowell

Footnotes

  1. Clowes. VII. p. 575.
  2. Clowes. VII. p. 575.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 21656. p. 352. 30 January, 1855.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 23857. p. 2305. 14 May, 1872.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 24537. p. 2. 1 January, 1878.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 24976. p. 2673. 24 May, 1881.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 25375. p. 3176. 11 July, 1884.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 25613. p. 3731. 3 August, 1886.
  9. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 187.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 25883. p. 7140. 14 December, 1888.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 26885. p. 4726. 24 August, 1897.
  12. Hay to Fisher. Letter of 8 January, 1908. "Miscellaneous Papers dealing with the antagonism of Admiral Lord Charles Beresford to the Policy and Administrative Arrangements of the Board of Admiralty 1906-1909." The National Archives. ADM 116/3108. Unnumbered folio.
  13. Hay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 591.
  14. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 119.
  15. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 118.
  16. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 86.

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