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Updated: 14 April 2015
Silver medal.(obverse) Head of William Henry, Duke of Clarence, right.
(reverse) Britannia with shield and trident standing on foreshore, ships in background.
- Made in: British Isles
- (Europe,British Isles)
- Diameter: 65 millimetres
Inscription ContentH.R.H. WILLIAM HENRY DUKE OF CLARENCE LORD HIGH ADMIRAL OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND. GEOR : IV : REX : MDCCCXXVII
Inscription ContentHER MARCH IS O'ER THE MOUNTAIN WAVE.
HER HOME IS ON THE DEEP.
On the death of the Duke of York, the Duke of Clarence became heir presumptive to the throne and in addition to an increase in his income he was appointed Lord High Admiral of England, a post revived for the occasion. As a result of objections made by the Duke of Wellington to the expenses of the Royal progresses, the Duke of Clarence resigned the office in 1828. Further biographical notes on the Duke of Clarence are to be found under Brown 1 p341.1413.
This medal sometimes occurs in a circular black leather case and one specimen in private hands had been noted with the following edge inscription in engraved capitals: PRESENTED BY H.R.H. WILLIAM HENRY . DUKE OF CLARENCE TO LIEUT CHARLES WELLS I.N. The letters I.N. may possibly stand for Indian navy. See also John Henning, 1771-1851 ... 'a very ingenious Modeller'. Renfrew District Council Museum and Art Gallery, Paisley, 1977.
Bibliography: Fiala, E. 'Münzen und Medaillen der Welfischen Lande', Prague, 1915, 950; Milford Haven, Admiral the Marquis of. 'British Naval Medals', London, 1919, 583; Sandwich, The Rt. Hon. the Earl of. 'British and Foreign medals relating to naval and maritime affairs', 2nd ed., London, 1950, LL/35.
- Commemoration of: The Duke of Clarence appointed Lord High Admiral, 1827
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