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Robert FitzRoy
(1805-1865)

Robert FitzRoy was born on 5 Jul 1805 and died on 30 Apr 1865 when he committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor. He served in the Royal Navy.

Ranks:

Entered Navy (1819)
Lt (1824)
Cdr (1828)
Capt (1834)

Notes:

Nephew of William FitzRoy.

• Royal Naval College (Feb 1818–Oct 1819)
• Flag-Lieutenant to Rear-Admiral Robert Waller Otway (Aug 1828–Nov 1828)
• MP Durham (1841–1843)
• Governor of New Zealand (26 Dec 1843–17 Nov 1845)

Marshall (Volume IV - Part II, p. 535)

Further Reading:

Gribbin, John and Mary Gribbin. 2003. FitzRoy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast. London: Review.
Nichols, Peter. 2003. Evolution's Captain: The Story of the Kidnapping That Led to Charles Darwin's Voyage Aboard the "Beagle". New York: HarperCollins.

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