John Bourchier

John Bourchier 1747-1808. Born on 26 September 1747 at Bramfield, Suffolk, he was the fourth son of the Revered Edward Bourchier and of his wife Elizabeth Gattacre. Having been commissioned on 13 July 1775, Bourchier was first lieutenant of the sloop Druid 14,...

Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton

Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton 1759-1832. Born on 11 October 1759 in Southampton, he was the eldest and only surviving son of Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Bickerton and his wife Mary Anne Hussey. Bickerton entered the service with the rating of midshipman upon the...

George Anson Byron

George Anson Byron 1758-93. He was born on 30 November 1758, the second son of Vice-Admiral Hon. John Byron, and of his wife, Sophia Trevannion. He was the uncle of the poet Lord Byron and a cousin of Rear-Admiral Richard Byron. Byron was commissioned lieutenant on 31...

James Bradby (1)

James Bradby 1738-1809. He came from a family long settled in the Hamble area of Southampton, and was the brother of Lieutenant Daniel Bradby and the father of Captain James Bradby and two other sons who served in the navy. From 1758-61 Bradby was employed aboard the...

Philip Browne

Philip Browne c1741-1779.He came from a family long settled in Godmanstone, Dorset, and was the father of Rear-Admiral Philip Browne. Two other sons died on active service, one being an artillery captain based at Barbados, and the other a midshipman in the navy....

Hugh Bromedge

Hugh Bromedge Died 1792. Bromedge was commissioned lieutenant on 21 September 1756, and during early 1759 commanded the cutter Duke William in the Channel where he was active in anti-smuggling operations. On 3 April 1759 he was promoted commander of the Wolf 16, which...

Charles Buckner

Charles Buckner c1735-1811. He was born in Boxgrove, Sussex, the son of Richard Buckner, a steward to the Whig politician the Duke of Richmond, and of his wife, Mary Saunders. His elder brother, John Buckner, was the Bishop of Chichester from 1797-1824. Benefitting...

John Bourmaster

John Bourmaster 1736-1807. A gentleman off humble origins, he had to earn his promotions on merit. Bourmaster was commissioned lieutenant on 19 October 1759, in which rank he was the principal agent of transports in North America during the early stages of the...

Thomas Burnet

Thomas Burnet 1724- 83. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the second son of the Dutch born colonial administrator William Burnet FRS, and of his second wife Anna Mary Van Horne. Both his parents died at a young age and he was left in the care of an uncle. Burnet...

Nathaniel Bateman

Nathaniel Bateman @1723- ? Bateman entered the service as a common seaman and probably earned his promotion to officer rank through bravery in action. By the time he was commissioned lieutenant on 5 July 1756 he had already served aboard a dozen ships, either as a...

Andrew Barkley

Andrew Barkley c1741-90. He was the youngest son of James Barkley from Banff, Cromarty, and of his wife, Jean Morrison, although his parent’s names were also spelled ‘Barclay’ and ‘Morison’. Barkley was commissioned lieutenant on 27...

James Burney

James Burney 1750-1821. He was born in London on 13 June 1750, the eldest son of the classical critic and musician, Dr Charles Burney, and of his first wife, Esther Sleepe. He was the brother of the novelist Fanny, Madame d’Arblay, and the classical scholar, Charles...

William Bligh

William Bligh 1754-1817. He was born at Plymouth, Devon, on 9 September 1754, the only son of Francis Bligh of Tinten Manor, St. Tudy, Cornwall, who was a Plymouth customs officer from a long-established Cornish family, and of his second wife, Jane Pearce, a widow who...

James Brine

James Brine Died 1814. He was the father of Rear-Admiral Augustus Brine and Captain George Brine. Brine was commissioned lieutenant on 1 July 1766, in which rank he commanded the storeship Prince Frederick, going out to Madeira in September 1766. He was first...

Henry Bryne

Henry Bryne Died 1780. Bryne was commissioned lieutenant on 14 September 1762 and promoted commander of the Pomona 18 on 21 January 1771, serving out of Lough Swilly and in home waters. During April 1773 he went out to the Mediterranean and after sending in reports...

William Brereton

William Brereton 1728-@1800. He originated from a family long settled in Winchester, Hampshire. Brereton joined the navy in 1746 aboard the Eagle 60, Captain George Brydges Rodney, and was present under that officer in Rear-Admiral Edward Hawke’s victory over...

William Bayne

William Bayne 1732-82. He was the second of three sons of Professor Alexander Bayne, an Edinburgh lawyer who moved to London before returning to Scotland, and of his wife, Mary Carstairs. His elder sister married the painter Allan Ramsey, who after her death in 1743...

Philip Boteler

Philip Boteler It is understood that he originated from a wealthy and long-established Hertfordshire family, but any other personal details have not filtered down to the present age, perhaps as a consequence of his ultimate ‘disgrace’. Commissioned lieutenant on 23...

Sir Albemarle Bertie

Sir Albemarle Bertie 1755-1824. He was born on 20 January 1755, the illegitimate son of Peregrine Bertie, the 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven. Having been commissioned lieutenant on 20 December 1777, Bertie served at the Battle of Ushant on 27 July 1778 as first...

Hon. Sir George Berkeley

Hon. Sir George Cranfield Berkeley 1753-1818. He was born on 10 August 1753, the second surviving son of Augustus, 4th Earl of Berkeley, and of his wife Elizabeth Drax. He was the grandson of a previous first lord of the Admiralty, Vice-Admiral James Berkeley, and the...

Robert Biggs

Robert Biggs Died 1803. Biggs was commissioned lieutenant on 7 August 1761, had the cutter Folkestone 6 serving in home waters in 1768, and the cutter Grace 6 from 1769-71. He was promoted commander on 10 January 1771 and recommissioned the Favourite 16 at Portsmouth,...

Sir William Chaloner Burnaby

Sir William Chaloner Burnaby 1746- 1794. He was the son of Vice-Admiral Sir William Burnaby who commanded both West Indian stations at various times during his career, and of his first wife, Margaret Donovan of Jamaica. Burnaby was commissioned lieutenant on 1...

John Butchart

John Butchart Died 1796. He was commissioned lieutenant on 3 September 1760 and promoted commander on 1 December 1778, being appointed to the recently captured French vessel Star 10 in which he sailed from North America for the Leeward Islands with Vice-Admiral Hon....

George Balfour

George Balfour Died 1794. He came from a Scottish family. Balfour was commissioned lieutenant on 5 May 1745 and promoted commander on 15 November 1756. In the same month he commissioned the fireship Aetna for service in the Downs prior to going out to North America in...

William Blair

William Blair 1741-1782. He was the son of Daniel Blair of Edinburgh. Having served in the merchant marine and then been employed at various times in the navy as a servant, able seaman and midshipman, Blair was commissioned lieutenant on 9 October 1760. From October...

Richard Rodney Bligh

Richard Rodney Bligh 1737-1821. Baptised at Gosport on 8 November 1737, he was the son of Richard Bligh who came from a family long established in Looe, Cornwall, and served as a lieutenant under his patron, Captain George Brydges Rodney. He was the uncle of...

Sir Richard Bickerton (1)

Sir Richard Bickerton 1st Baronet 1727-92. He was born on 23 June 1727, the third son of a captain in the 4th Dragoon Guards, Henry Bickerton of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and of his wife Mary Dowdall of Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He was the father of Admiral Sir...

Hon. John Byron

Hon. John Byron 1723-86. He was born on 8 November 1723, the second son of William, fourth Lord Byron and Frances, daughter of Lord Berkeley. He was the grandfather of the poet Lord Byron. In September 1740 Byron sailed as a midshipman aboard the store ship Wager,...