Our Shipping Forecast special is now #19 FitzRoy Oat and Rye Pale 3.8% – limited edition bottle release and on draft too.
According to Wikipedia, “Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy FRS (5 July 1805 – 30 April 1865) was an English officer of the Royal Navy and a scientist. He achieved lasting fame as the captain of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin’s famous voyage, FitzRoy’s second expedition to Tierra del Fuego and the Southern Cone.
FitzRoy was a pioneering meteorologist who made accurate daily weather predictions, which he called by a new name of his own invention: “forecasts”. In 1854 he established what would later be called the Met Office, and created systems to get weather information to sailors and fishermen for their safety. ”
Why the capital R?
Robert was a fourth great-grandson of Charles II of England, and this is why his name is written with a capital R in the middle of it, meaning ‘Son of King’
There is a fantastic BBC programme about Robert FitzRoy on iplayer – well worth watching, the story is extraordinary.