Was born in 1827, being a son of the late Spencer de Horsey of Great Glemham, Suffolk. Entering the navy, he served off the coast of Syria, and was senior naval officer during the Jamaica insurrection of 1865 and the Fenian raids in Canada in 1866. He was A.D.C. to Queen Victoria from 1871 to 1875, and Commodore in the West Indies from 1872 to 1875. After being Commander-in-Chief in the Pacific he returned to this country, and received command of the Channel Squadron.
He has always been a keen yachtsman and small-boat sailer. He has written on nautical subjects. He owns the 14-ton cutter Wych, a most successful boat, designed by himself, and built by J. S. White at East Cowes in 1880, which he uses throughout the season. Wych is a small boat, 32.6 feet on the water-line.
Clubs: Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Cruising, Royal Dorset, Island Sailing.
Residence: Melcombe House, Cowes.