Sir Edward Campbell Rich Owen was born in 1771.
The illegitimate son of Captain William Owen RN, he was sent to work on ships from the age of four and eventually joined the navy in 1786.He rose through the ranks fighting in the Napoleonic wars and was made Rear-Admiral in 1825.
From 1826 to 1829 Sir Edward entered into politics representing Sandwich, Kent. During this time he was briefly made Surveyor-General of the Ordnance from 1827, and then from March to September he was a member of the council of the Lord High Admiral and then from December 1828 Commander-in-Chief in the East Indies. On returning to England he accepted a seat on the Board of Ordnance during Peel’s brief ministry in 1834, but went on to further promotion and the role of Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean.
Sir Edward Owen died in 1849 at his residence in Surrey.