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and also in two night attacks with a flotilla of rocket-boats, for which he was gazetted. He has been Deputy Inspector-General of the Mediterranean fleet and the naval hospitals at Malta, Haslar, and Chatham; and he was promoted to be Inspector-General for special services in 1866. Three years later he became Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy, which office he resigned in 1880. He was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1871. Sir Alexander Armstrong has received the Arctic and Baltic medals; also Sir Gilbert Blane's gold medal. He is an honorary physician to the Queen and the Prince of Wales. He is the author of "A Personal Narrative of the Discovery of the North-West Passage," 1857; and "Observations on Naval Hygiene and Scurvy, more particularly as the latter appeared during a Polar Voyage," 1858.


ARMSTRONG, George Francis, M.A., born in the county of Dublin, May 5, 1845, is the third surviving son of the late Mr. E. J. Armstrong, and Jane, daughter of the late Rev. Henry Savage, of Glastry, in the Ardes, co. Down. He received his early education partly in Dublin and partly in Jersey. In 1862 he made a long pedestrian tour in France with his elder brother, the poet, Edmund Armstrong. In the same year he obtained a civil appointment in Dublin, and matriculated in Dublin University. In 1864 he won the First Composition Prize and the Medal for Oratory in the University Philosophical Society. In 1865 he gained the Vice-Chancellor's Prize for a poem on the subject of "Circassia"; and in the same year, on the decease of his brother Edmund, he was elected his successor in the Presidential Chair of the Philosophical Society, and he brought out the First Edition of his brother's "Poems." In 1866 he won the Gold Medal for Composition in the Historical Society. In 1867 he was re-elected President of the Philosophical Society, and won its Gold Medal for Essay Writing. In 1869 he published a volume of "Poems, Lyrical and Dramatic." In 1870 appeared "Ugone: a Tragedy." In 1871 he was appointed Professor of History and English Literature in Queen's College, Cork, and a Professor of the Queen's University in Ireland; and the next year he was presented with the degree of M.A. by Trinity College, Dublin, in recognition of his "high literary character and attainments." In 1872 he published "King Saul" (the first part of the "Tragedy of Israel"), and new editions of "Poems, Lyrical and Dramatic," and "Ugone." In 1874 these were followed by "King David" (the second part of the "Tragedy of Israel"), and in 1876, by "King Solomon," which completed the Trilogy. In 1877 he published "The Life and Letters" of his brother Edmund John, together with a volume of his "Essays," and a new and enlarged edition of his "Poetical Works." In 1879 Mr. Armstrong married Marie Elizabeth, younger daughter of the late Rev. John Wrixon. In 1882 he was presented with the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, by the Queen's University, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal University of Ireland; and in the spring of the same year he published a new volume of poems, under the title of "A Garland from Greece."


ARMSTRONG, Sir William George, C.B., LL.D., D.C.L., F.R.S., son of the late Mr. William Armstrong, a merchant and alderman of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, by the daughter of Mr. William Potter, formerly of Walbottle Hall, Northumberland, was born in 1810. He was educated at the school of Bishop Auckland, and afterwards articled to an eminent solicitor at Newcastle, who subsequently adopted him as a partner; but a