EDWARD DURNFORD KING - IGI entry - christened 28 Nov 1771, St. Andrew, Holborn, London, son of William King & Hannah ; died Devonshire County, England, 14 Jan. 1862.
The Times (London), Friday Jan. 17, 1862, page 12, col. 2.
Admiral Sir Edward Durnford King, K.C.H., expired on Tuesday evening at his residence in Devonshire. This distinquished officer entered the Navy in 1786, and first went afloat in 1789 on board the Director, 64, Capt. Thomas West. By his gallantry in the activities of 29th of May and the 1st of June 1794, he obtained promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, he having been midshipman on board the Barfleur in Lord Howe's action. In 1795 he was appointed to the Dryad, 44, of which he became Flag-Lieutenant under Lord Ameluis Beauclerk. He assisted at the capture, after a spirited action, of the French frigate Prosperpine, 42, and was promoted to the rank of Commander for his conduct on that occassion, having been strongly recommended by his commanding officer to the Admiralty. In September, 1800, he was apointed acting Captain of the Leviathan, 74, flagship of Sir. J.T. Duckworth, after assisting in the reduction of the French island of St. Martin and the Danish and Swedish islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St.
Batholomew, in June, 1801, he was appointed to the Andromeda, also on the West India station, but was shortly after obliged to return home invalided. His next appointment was to the Endimyion in the spring of 1805. In that frigate he took part in the blockade of Cadis. In the same ship he assisted at the defence of Gaeta in 1806. As Captain of the Monmouth, 64, he assisted at the capture of the Tranquebar. He was actively employed afloat until 1828. In 1833 he was knighted by the Late King William IV. In July, 1840, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief on the Cape of Good Hope and Brazil station, and in 1845 was selected for the chief command at the Nore. His commissions bore date as follows:-
Entered Navy 1786
Lieut., Sept. 5, 1794
Commander, June 23, 1796
Acting Capt. Sept. 1800
Capt., Jan. 8, 1801
Rear-Admiral, July 22, 1830
Vice-Admiral, Nov. 23, 1841
Admiral, Oct. 30, 1849.
Sir Edward had received the medal for Lord Howe's action, also the naval medal and two clasps. He was among the flag officers in receipt of a good service pension.