Swynfen Carnegie
Born8 March 1813
Died29 November 1879 (1879-11-30) (aged 66)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Orestes
HMS Devastation
HMS Horatio
HMS Tribune
HMS Leander
HMS Edinburgh
HMS Colossus
Battles/warsFirst Carlist War
Crimean War

Admiral The Honourable Swynfen Thomas Carnegie MP KSF (8 March 1813 – 29 November 1879) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Fourth Naval Lord.

Early life

Swynfen Thomas Carnegie was born the youngest son of Admiral William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk and his wife Mary on 8 March 1813.[1]

Naval career

Carnegie joined the Royal Navy on 3 August 1826 as a midshipman on board the frigate HMS Undaunted. He later served in the same rank on the ship of the line HMS St Vincent, flag ship of Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Hotham, and the brig-sloop HMS Raleigh. He was promoted to lieutenant on 21 April 1832 and was appointed on 9 November to serve on the frigate HMS Castor, commanded by Commodore Lord John Hay, later moving with Hay to the post ship HMS North Star. In these ships he participated in the First Carlist War and was rewarded by Spain with the Order of San Fernando.[1]

He was promoted to commander on 28 June 1838 and given command of the sloop HMS Orestes on 10 August 1842.[1] He transferred to the steam sloop HMS Devastation in November 1843 and served with her until February 1844. Promoted to captain on 10 June 1845, he was given command of the frigate HMS Horatio.[1][2]

Subsequently, he commanded the frigates HMS Tribune and HMS Leander in the Black Sea during the Crimean War.[2] Later he commanded the ship of the line HMS Edinburgh before being appointed Fourth Naval Lord in 1859.[2] He went on to be Captain of the ship of the line HMS Colossus in 1862 and Commodore of the Coast Guard Service at Harwich in 1863.[2]

Political career

He was Member of Parliament for Stafford from 1841 to 1847.[1][2] In 1846 he briefly served as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.[1]

Personal life

In 1858 Carnegie married Albertine Louise Hope, the eldest daughter of John Adrian Hope, the second son of Thomas Hope.[3][4][5] The couple divorced in 1872.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f O'Byrne, Naval Biographical Dictionary, p.169.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Swynfen Thomas Carnegie R.N." William Loney R.N. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b Kelly's Handbook, p. 75.
  4. ^ Hemming, The Law Reports, p. 263.
  5. ^ Dod, The Peerage, p. 615.


Military offices Preceded bySir James Drummond Fourth Naval Lord1859 Succeeded bySir Alexander Milne, Bt Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byWilliam Fawkener ChetwyndRobert Farrand Member of Parliament for Stafford1841–1847 With: Sir Edward Manningham-Buller, Bt Succeeded byDavid UrquhartThomas Sidney