Francis Starkie Clayton

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Admiral Francis Starkie Clayton, Royal Navy, Retired (19 July, 1838 – 21 October, 1913) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 4 April, 1870.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 27 February, 1879.[2]

Clayton committed to his diary in July, 1887 while in command of the corvette H.M.S. Diamond:

I am still uncertain about my movements as the Admiral has not yet got the requisite permission [by] telegram. Really, it is too bad that an Admiral can't move about his own station without permission from home—centralisation with a vengeance. It is a great pity, all owing to that tiresome telegraph—he may not go out of reach of the plague [sic] without leave.[3]

Clayton commanded the ironclad Triumph in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1890. The ship was part of Fleet Number 1 playing the role of the Royal Navy fending off attacks on British trade routes.[4]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 1 January, 1901.[5]

He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 16 June, 1904.[6]


  • "Admiral Clayton" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 23 October, 1913. Issue 40350, col D, p. 11.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alfred T. Dale
Captain of H.M.S. Diamond
5 Nov, 1884[7] – 6 Mar, 1889[8]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Henry Rose
Captain of H.M.S. Triumph
1 Aug, 1889[9] – May, 1892
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Chichester, Bart.


  1. The London Gazette: no. 23605. p. 2099. 8 April, 1870.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 24686. p. 1793. 28 February, 1879.
  3. Quoted in The Naval Miscellany. VI. p. 360.
  4. "Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 19, 1890; pg. 12; Issue 33068.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27262. p. 4. 1 January, 1901.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 27692. p. 4259. 5 July, 1904.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 205.
  8. William Loney RN
  9. The Navy List. (July, 1890). p. 252d.