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The following obituary for Reginald John James George Macdonald appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary from the Times newspaper
DateObituary
16 December 1899

Admiral Sir Reginald Macdonald.

Admiral Sir Reginald John Macdonald, Chief of the Clanranald [a branch of the clan (Mac)Donald], K.C.B., K.C.S.I., died yesterday at his residence in Ovington-square. He was a son of the late Mr. Reginald George Macdonald, Chief of the Clanranald, by Lady Caroline, second daughter of the second Earl of Mount-Edgcombe, and was born in 1820. He joined the Navy in 1833 and became a sub-lieutenant in 1839. While in the Reynard he saw much boat service during the Carlist war, 1837 and 1838. In 1842 he became a lieutenant, in 1848 a commander, and in 1854 a captain. Admiral Macdonald commanded the Ferret on the West Coast of Africa in suppression of the slave trade, and in 1859 received the thanks of the Government for raising a force of 1,000 Royal Naval Coast Volunteers at Greenock. In 1870 he became a Rear-Admiral, and was second in command of the Channel Squadron from May, 1872, to June, 1873.

Admiral Macdonald was Commander-in-Chief in the East Indies from 1875 to 1877, where he did good service in the abolition of the East Coast slave trade. In 1877 he became a Vice-Admiral, and was Commander-In-Chief at the Nore from 1879 to 1882. He retired in 1884. The decoration of K.C.S.I. [Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India] was conferred upon him in 1877, and that of K.C.B. in 1887. He was married, in 1855, to the Hon. Adelaide, daughter of the fifth Baron Vernon.

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