The Honourable Sir Anthony Maitland, born 10 June, 1785, is the second son of James, eighth Earl of Lauderdale, K.T., by Eleanor, only daughter of Anthony Todd, Esq; brother (with Colonel Hon. John Maitland, who died in 1839) of the present Earl; nephew of Lieut.-General Hon. Sir Thos. Maitland, G.C.B., Governor of Malta and the Ionian Islands, who died in 1824; and cousin of the present Capt. Sir Thomas Maitland, R.N., Kt., C.B., and of Commanders James, Lewis, and William Heriot Maitland, R.N.
This officer entered the Navy, 2 Oct 1795, as Admiral's Servant, on board the VICTORY 100, Capt. Hon. Geo. Gray, on the books of which ship, bearing the flag in the Mediterranean of the late Earl St Vincent, his name was born until June, 1796. In Oct 1798, he became Midshipman, under the same nobleman, in the VILLE DE PARIS 110; and he next, from Jan. 1801 until Dec. 1803, served with Capt. Sir John Gore in the TRITON and MEDUSA frigates. In the latter vessel, which bore the flag at the time of Lord Nelson, we find him particularly
distinguishing himself and severely wounded in the attack on the Boulogne flotilla. (vide Gaz. 1801 p 1606) On leaving the MEDUSA he rejoined his Lordship, as Supernumary, on board the VICTORY, then again in the Mediterranean, where, in 1804, he was nominated Acting-Lieutenant of the CHILDERS sloop, Capt. Sir Wm. Bolton. He was confirmed a Lieutenant 2 Feb. 1805, and after officiating for some months in that capacity in the BLENHEIM 74, flag-ship in the East Indies of Sir Thos. Troubridge, was made Commander, 6 May, 1806,
into the ARROGANT guard-ship at Bombay. He attained Post-rank 25 Sept. in the same year; and was next appointed -1 Aug. 1811, to the
PIQUE 36, in which ship he was for four years and a half employed on the Downs, Lisbon, Brazilian, and West India stations, capturing, during that period, the Hawk American privateer, of 5 guns and 68 men - and 19 Feb. 1816, to the GLASGOW 50, part of the force engaged under Lord Exmouth at the bombardment of Algiers. (vide Gaz. 1816 P1792) On 21 Aug. 1817, Capt. Maitland, who had paid the GLASGOW off in the preceding Nov., recommissioned that ship. He served her in the Mediterranean until March, 1821, and has since been on half-pay.
He acquired flag-rank 23 Nov., 1841.
The Rear-Admiral, who was nominated a C.B. for his conduct at Algiers, 19 Sept. 1816 and in 1832 created a Knight of the Order of
St. Michael ant St George, sat for some time in Parliament as member for co. Berwick; of which shire he is now a Deputy Lieutenant. In Aug. 1830 he was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King William IV; and he continued to hold the same office under her present Majesty until the date of his promotion.