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Commander Edward David ASHE R.N., F.R.A.S.


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Commander Edward David ASHE R.N., F.R.A.S.

  • Born: 13 Jan 1814, Bath, Somerset, England
  • Christened: 19 Feb 1815, Walcot St. Mary's Chapel, Bath, Somerset, England
  • Marriage: Marcella Maude PERCY on 28 May 1851 in All Saints' Chapel, Quebec City, Canada
  • Died: 28 Mar 1895, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada aged 81
  • Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Sherbrooke, Estrie Region, Quebec, Canada

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Extract from "The Examiner" dated 23 January 1814
Births: Mrs Ashe, the lady of the celebrated performer on the flute, of two sons.

Extract from Somerset Online Parish Clerks Genealogy
Name: Edward David Ashe
Date of Birth: January 1814
Baptised: 19 February 1815 at Walcot St. Mary's Chapel, Bath, Somerset
Father: Andrew Ashe
Mother: Mary
Abode: Burlington Street
Father's occupation: Musician

Extract from "A Naval Biographical Dictionary" by William R. O'Byrne (1849)
ASHE (Lieutenant 1842)
Edward David Ashe entered the Navy 20 March 1830; passed his examination 21 May 1836; served for three years in the Mediterranean as Mate of the DAPHNE 18, Capt. John Wm. Dalling; and obtained his commission 25 May 1842. He joined, 15 Feb. 1843, the EXCELLENT gunnery ship at Portsmouth, Capt. Sir Thos. Hastings; and since 16 May in the same year has been employed in the Pacific on board the FISGARD 42, Capt. John Alex. Duntze. Agents - Hallett and Robinson.

Extract from "The London Daily News" dated 19 June 1851
Marriages: Ashe - Percy. -- May 28, at All Saints' Chapel, Quebec, by the Lord Bishop of Quebec, E. D. Ashe, Esq., Lieut. R.N., to Marcella, eldest daughter of the Rev. G. Percy, Incumbent of St. Peter's, Quebec.

Extract from the "Armagh Guardian" dated 5 July 1851
MARRIED: On 28th May, at Quebec, Edward D. Ashe, Esq., Lieutenant, Royal Navy, in charge of Observatory, to Marcella, eldest daughter of the Rev. Gilbert Percy, Incumbent of St. Peter's, Quebec, and formerly of Ballnoyer, Co. Armagh.

Edward David Ashe entered the Royal Navy and in due course was promoted as a Lieutenant, with seniority dated 25th May 1842. After serving in various parts, he retired with the rank of Commander and settled in Canada.

Commander Edward David Ashe married Maude Chaplin, daughter of the Reverend Gilbert Percy, who held a living in Longford and Dumtiffin in Ireland, and was private chaplain to the Earl of Leitrim. Mr. Percy claimed descent from the illustrious and noble family of Percy and was connected with the Beresfords.

Extract from the "Cork Constitution" dated Monday, 16 January 1865
Admiralty, Jan. 12.
Lieutenant Edward David Ashe to be Retired Commander.


Source: A Naval Biographical Dictionary by Wm. R. O'Byrne, London, John Murray,
Albemarle St., Publisher to the Admiralty 1849:
ASHE. ( Lieutenant, 1842 )
EDWARD DAVID ASHE entered the Navy 20 March 1836; passed his examination 21 May 1836; served for three years in the Mediterranean as Mate of the Daphne and obtained his commission 25 May 1842. He joined, 15 Feb. 1843, the Excellent gunnery-ship at Portsmouth; and since 14 May in the same year has been employed in the Pacific on board the Fisgard 42.

Source: Mr. Philip Chaplin, Director of History, National Defense Headquarters,
Ottawa, Canada

Promoted Lieutenant (unemployed) 25 May 1842
Appointed to HMS Excellent (gunnery training ship) 16 Feb 1843
Appointed to HMS Fisgard, 42 guns 16 May 1843
First Lieutenant of HMS Daphne, 18 guns 3 Nov. 1848

The Navy List of 20 June 1850 shows him as attached to the Coast Guard. Thereafter he appears not to have been employed by the Admiralty.
Promoted Commander and placed on the retired list 1 Jan 1865
Still listed as Commander, retired in Navy List 20 June 1870

Source: Bibliotheca Canadensis, by Henry J. Morgan, printed by G.E.Desbarats, Ottawa, 1867
ASHE, Commander E.D., R.N., F.R.S. has been Director of the Observatory at Quebec for many years . Is President of the Literary and Historical Society(Que.)
I. Water Power of Quebec. Trans. Lit. & His. Soc. 1855
II. Plan of raft to rescue passengers from sinking ships Do. do.
III. Journal of a voyage from New York to Labrador to observe the Solar Eclipse. Do.
IV. Notes of a journey across the Andes do. 1862
V. Motions of the Top, Teetotum and Gyroscope Do. 1863- 64
VI. Result of observations for the determination of the latitude of the Quebec Observatory.
VII. On the employment of the Electric Telegraph in determining the Longitude of some of the principal places in Canada. Can. Journ. 1859.

Source: "L'OBSERVATOIRE ASTRONOMIQUE de Quebec, Histoire et Reminiscences, 1850-1936"

Le Lieutenant Edward David Ashe, de la Marine Royale, promoted to grade of Commander and named the future Director of the Observatory located at the Citadel, Plains of Abraham, Quebec, Sept. 25, 1867. The city of Quebec benefited from the civic spirit and creative talents of Commander Ashe. This eminent citizen , a man of culture and science, participated in intellectual activities such as co-founder of Morrin College and president of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec 1866-67 and 73. Commander Ashe retired and moved to Lennoxville P.Q. where he died. He was succeeded as Director by his son, Lieutenant William Ashe.

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Extract from the Nauticapedia
"Some Biographical Sketches of Interesting Canadian Scientists with Naval Links" by John M. MacFarlane (2014)
Commander Edward D. Ashe (RN) was born about 1813 at Bath, UK. He entered the Royal Navy in 1830. He served as mate of H.M.S. Daphne in 1837. In 1842, he was appointed as a Lieutenant RN and served at H.M.S. Excellent. He served in H.M.S. Daphne in 1843 on the Pacific Station. He served as Fifth Lieutenant on board H.M.S. Fisgard on the Pacific Station 1844-1847. He was appointed as a Commander RN on the retired list in 1865. Ashe was crippled in a shipboard accident in 1849, but was kept on the active list by taking appointments ashore. He took over a new observatory at Quebec in 1850 with the duties of observing star transits and carrying out the daily time-ball drop. He published widely on his astronomical research, one of the first Canadians to do so. He was retired in 1866.

Extract from Canada 1881 Census
Head of Household: Edward D. Ashe
Location: Montcalm Ward, Quebec City, Canada
Age: 67
Est. Birth Year: 1814
Birth place: England
Occupation: Director of Observatory
Spouse: Maude Ashe; age 47; est. birth year 1834; birth place Ireland.
Son: William Ashe; age 27; est. birth year 1854; birthplace Quebec; occupation Surveyor.
Daughter: Lucie Ashe; age 28; est. birth year 1853; birthplace Quebec.
Daughter: Fanny Ashe; age 22; est. birth year 1859; birthplace Quebec.
Son: Harry Ashe; age 18; ext. birth year 1863; birthplace Quebec; Occupation Clerk.
Son: Frederick K. Ashe; age 16; est. birth year 1865; birthplace Quebec.
Daughter: Nora; age 13; est. birth year 1868; birth place Quebec.
Daughter: Mary Ashe; age 10; est. birth year 1871; birthplace Quebec.
Daughter: Kathleen Ashe, age 6; est. birth year 1875; birthplace Quebec.

Extract from Find A Grave
Name: Edward David Ashe
Birth: 13 January 1814 in Bath, Somerset, England
Death: 30 March 1895 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Note: See Dictionary of Canadian Biography for a description of his life and career.
Wife: Marcella Chaplin Percy Ashe (1833 - 1917)
Son: Edward Percy Ashe (1852 - 1914)
Son: William Austin Cochran Ashe (1854 - 1893)
Daughter: Marcella Mary Maude Ashe Montizambert (1856 - 1942)
Daughter: Lucy Emma Ashe Hills (1857 - 1941)
Daughter: Fanny Eliza Percy Ashe (1859 - 1911)
Daughter: Honor Nora May Ashe Soames (1867 - 1926)
Daughter: Kathleen Willoughby Ashe Wells (1875 - 1935)
Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Sherbrooke, Estrie Region, Quebec, Canada


Edward married Marcella Maude PERCY, daughter of Rev. Gilbert PERCY LL.D. and Marcella Chaplin, on 28 May 1851 in All Saints' Chapel, Quebec City, Canada. (Marcella Maude PERCY was born on 12 Jul 1833 in County Leitrim, Ireland, died on 20 Mar 1917 in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Sherbrooke, Estrie Region, Quebec, Canada.)

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