Physical appearance[edit | edit source]
He is 189 centimeters tall.
Family[edit | edit source]
Character[edit | edit source]
Alexander rose through the ranks quickly, of which he was proud that he did not use his noble status to his advantage. He was known to ignore "Going by The Book," when it was in his way, especially after the death of his father.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Alexander was born on the planet Manticore in 1820 PD/233AL as the eldest son of Murdoch Alexander, the 12th Earl White Haven, and his wife. He later chose to pursue a career in the Royal Navy. During his time at the Royal Manticoran Naval Academy on Saganami Island, he was under the tutelage of Lieutenant Raoul Courvosier, which developed into a lasting friendship during his Midshipman cruise. (HH2)
When Alexander was a Captain, Commander Craig Warner served under him. During that time, Alexander allowed Warner to go through with a duel. Later, he became the godfather of Warner's eldest son, Robert.
Once promoted to Admiral's rank, Alexander led the school of traditionalist tactical thought against Admiral Sonja Hemphill's jeune ecole. In 1900 PD, he discussed Commander Honor Harrington's actions at in the Basilisk System with First Space Lord Sir James Webster in Landing. Afterwards, he went back to White Haven and conversed with his brother William about the situation, starting to brag about Harrington at meetings. (HH1)
In 1903 PD, after Commander Alice Truman of HMS Apollo sent an emergency message to the Admiralty, he met with Admiral Webster, who authorized him to take two ad hoc squadrons of battle cruisers to Yeltsin's Star. Commander Truman transferred to Alexander's flagship HMS Reliant in order to brief him. In order to get to Grayson as fast as possible, he ordered the fleet to high speeds. After relieving Captain Harrington's surviving unit, he led the invasion of Masada shortly afterwards.
In the aftermath of the battle, Alexander met with Captain Harrington and reprimanded her for striking Reginald Houseman, but also conveyed the gratitude of Queen Elizabeth III. He was present when Harrington was knighted by Ambassador Anthony Langtry and received the Star of Grayson and Steadholdership from Protector Benjamin IX along with a Manticoran Earldom. (HH2)
Afterwards, he shifted his flag to HMS Sphinx. Alexander met with First Space Lord, Admiral James Webster in late 1904 PD at White Haven to discuss Thomas Caparelli, whom Alexander thought as boneheaded, but better than Edward Janacek.
In 1905 PD, he recently completed a survey of Manticore's frontier stations' readiness state at the behest of Admiral Webster. He was invited to a meeting by the Duke of Cromarty, Allen Summervale.
Immediately before the outbreak of the First Havenite-Manticoran War, Alexander was serving as second-in-command of Manticore's Home Fleet. With the concurrence of Michael Mayhew, Admiral Caparelli decided to set a trap for the People's Republic of Haven by secretly sending heavy reinforcements to Yeltsin's Star System. Alexander commanded the reinforcement, thus superseding Sebastian D'Orville as Manticoran commander in the system. Haven's Admiral Amos Parnell fell for the trap, allowing Manticore to begin the war with the resounding victory of the Third Battle of Yeltsin's Star. (HH3)
After the First Battle of Hancock, he was named president of Captain Pavel Young's court martial. He then commanded Task Force 4, part of the Home Fleet, with HMS Queen Caitrin serving as his flagship. After Paul Tankersley's death, he gave Honor Harrington the order not to challenge Earl North Hollow to a duel. After she defied the order and killed Young, he regretted having given an illegal order and that he knew would be ignored even if legal.
He led the primary thrust at the People's Republic of Haven after war was declared and was only stopped in the Nightingale System. He continued his drive on the Trevor's Star System and considered making a direct attack despite his reputation as a master of the indirect approach. He also managed to incorporate certain ideas of the jeune ecole despite his general distaste for it. (HH4, HH6)
In 1913 PD, White Haven was given command of the Manticoran Alliance's Eighth Fleet, to be activated in the Yeltsin's Star System with GNS Benjamin the Great as his flagship. While being chastised by Honor Harrington for narrow thinking, he had a brief realization of how attracted he was to her, an emotion that came through to her through her link with Nimitz. As a result, when she was captured, he felt guilty that he may have driven her off Grayson. (HH7)
By the time of her funeral, he was sure he was the reason for her departure. When word of a Havenite attack on the Basilisk System was received, he ordered Eighth Fleet to re-deploy from Trevor's Star to Basilisk via the Manticore Wormhole Junction, and arrived just in time to prevent further damage and to inflict severe casualties on the attackers. (HH8)
Because of the mutual hatred between him and Sir Edward Janacek, White Haven is placed on half-pay after the death of Prime Minister Cromarty and the rise of the High Ridge government. He and Honor Harrington finally realized they loved each other, but did nothing about it out of their mutual love and respect for Lady Emily. The High Ridge government, in an attempt to neutralize their influence, started rumors that they were lovers, which were fuelled by the fact that Samantha, the mate of Harringon's treecat Nimitz, adopted White Haven.
Acting on intelligence that Harrington sent him directly, he traveled to Grayson to arrange for the Grayson Space Navy to reinforce Trevor's Star. Using the Manticoran Wormhole Junction on an emergency priority basis, they arrived in time to discourage Havenite Admiral Javier Giscard from attacking. Following the fall of the High Ridge government, White Haven became the new First Lord of the Admiralty. Meanwhile, his wife, after extensive discussions with Samantha, gave her blessings to him and Harrington acting on their love for each other. (HH10)
In 1921 PD, White Haven, Lady Emily, and Honor Harrington were married and decided to have children. At the age of 101, he became the father of a son, Raoul, from Honor and a daughter, Katherine, from Emily. (HH11)
Works[edit | edit source]
Service Record[edit | edit source]
Promotions[edit | edit source]
- Lieutenant Commander, RMN - before 1855 PD
- Captain, RMN
- Admiral, RMN - before 1901 PD
- Fleet Admiral, GSN - after 1914 PD
- Fleet Admiral, RMN - before 1916 PD
Posts and duties[edit | edit source]
- Bureau of Weapons, Missile Development Command, Warhead Division - in or before March 1855 PD
- Bureau of Planning
- Senior Tactics Instructor, Royal Manticoran Naval Academy
- Third Space Lord
- in 1903 PD:
- in 1905 PD:
- second in command, Home Fleet (HH3)
- Commanding Officer, reinforcement force from Home Fleet for Second Fleet (HH3)
- Commanding Officer, Second Fleet (HH3)
- Commanding Officer, force in Mendoza-Chelsea region (HH4)
- president of the court martial board - Captain Pavel Young's case (HH4)
- Commanding Officer, Task Force 4 of Home Fleet (HH4)
- Commanding Officer, Sixth Fleet - 1905-1911 PD (HH5-HH7)
- Commanding Officer, Eighth Fleet 1911-1915 (HH7-HH9)
- First Lord of the Admiralty after retirement. (HH10-HH11)
Half-pay periods[edit | edit source]
- 1862-1864 PD Medical Leave due to wife's near fatal injuries. (Companion)
- First Janacek Admiralty (HH1)
- Second Janacek Admiralty (HH10)
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- Portrait of Hamish Alexander by Jenny Dolfen
References[edit | edit source]
- Honor Harrington generally did not participate in the main military activities of the First Havenite-Manticoran War, so the presence of Hamish Alexander made it easier for David Weber to describe the course of the war.
- At the time, only nine active duty officers were senior to him.
- unnamed and probably ad hoc task force comprising two battlecruiser squadrons with screen, including Battlecruiser Division 17 or 18, supported by twelve lighter ships; flagship - HMS Reliant (BC); chief of staff - Captain Byron Hunter
- before the war he completed a survey of frontier stations' readiness states for Admiral Webster
- flagship - HMS Sphinx (SD) - 1905 PD, very likely Commanding Officer of a task force in the Home Fleet
- four battlesquadrons, possibly Task Force 4
- flagship - HMS Queen Caitrin (SD)
- including direct command over a task force of Sixth Fleet during the first battle of Nightingale; chief of staff - Captain Byron Hunter
- flagship - GNS Benjamin the Great (SD)
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