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