Sir Richard Airey G.C.B., entered the army in 1821. He served in the Crimean War as acting quartermaster general and fought in the battles of Alma, Balaklava and Inkermann. He was also present at the siege and fall of Sebastopol. He was also governor and commander-in-chief in Gibralter from 1865 to 1870 and adjutant-general of the forces 1870-1875. He was created Baron Airey of Killingworth, Co. Northumberland in 1876. However, both his sons pre-deceased him and the Barony became extinct on his death in 1881.