Alexander Christie

Alexander Christie Died 1822. He was born in Scotland, the son of Archibald Christie of Stenton, East Lothian and his wife, Anne Gordon, the daughter of the collector of customs at Aberdeen. Christie was commissioned lieutenant on 17 October 1775 and he was given...

James Cranstoun 8th Baron Cranstoun

James Cranstoun 8th Baron Cranstoun 1755-96. He was baptised at Crailing, Roxburghshire on 26 June 1755, the third son of James, 6th Lord Cranstoun, and of his wife Sophia Brown. His family owned two plantations and many slaves on the island of St. Kitts. Cranstoun’s...

Henry Cromwell ( Later Frankland)

Henry Cromwell Frankland 1741-1814. Born in February 1741, he was the illegitimate son of Sir Charles Henry Frankland, 4th Baronet, and was descended from Oliver Cromwell. His early life was spent in Boston, Massachusetts with his father, who was the collector of...

Charles Holmes Everitt Calmady

Charles Holmes Everitt Calmady 1754-1807. He was the youngest son of Captain Michael Everitt and his wife, Elizabeth Gayton. An elder brother was Captain Michael John Everitt, and he was the nephew of both Admiral Clark Gayton and Vice-Admiral George Gayton. Known as...

Nicholas Charrington

Nicholas Charrington 1744-1803. Born on 20 October 1744, he was the third son of Rev. Nicholas Charrington, originally of Horley, Surrey, who served as the4 vicar of Aldenham in Hertfordshire for fifty years, and of his wife Elizabeth. Charrington was commissioned...

Smith Child

Smith Child 1730-1813. He was born at Boyles Hall, Audley, near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire the son of Smith Child of Miles Green, Audley, and of his wife, Mary Badderley. Enjoying the patronage of the politician Earl Gower and Vice-Admiral Lord George Anson, Child...

Hon. John Whitmore Chetwynd

Hon. John Whitmore Chetwynd 1754-88. He was born on 10 February 1754 at Heywood Park, Little Heywood, Staffordshire, the third son of William Chetwynd, 4th Viscount Chetwynd of Bearhaven, and of his wife Susannah Cope, the daughter of a baronet. Chetwynd was...

Philip Carteret

Philip Carteret 1733-1796. He was born Phillipe de Carteret at Trinity Manor, Jersey, on 22 January 1733, the son of Charles de Carteret, the Seigneur of Trinity, and of his wife, Françoise Marie St. Paul. Carteret joined the navy in 1747 aboard the Salisbury 50,...

Hon. Thomas Cadogan

Hon. Thomas Cadogan 1752-1782. Born on 7 February 1752, he was the third son of the Whig politician Charles Sloane, the 1st Earl Cadogan, and his wife, Hon. Frances Bromley, daughter of the 1st Baron Montfort. He was the half-brother of Admiral Earl Cadogan, who was...

Sir Robert Calder

Sir Robert Calder 1745-1818. Of Scottish descent, he was born on 2 July 1745, the fourth and younger son of Sir James Calder Bt. a gentleman-usher to the queen of George II, and of Alice, daughter of Rear-Admiral Robert Hughes. The family originated from Muirton,...

Rowland Cotton

Rowland Cotton c1741-1794. He came from an established Shropshire family and was the second of six sons and five daughters of Sir Lynch Cotton Bt, of Combermere Abbey, Cheshire, and of his wife, Elizabeth Abigail Cotton. He was the brother of Sir Robert Salusbury...

Robert Palliser Cooper

Robert Palliser Cooper c1743-1805. He was the son of Robert Cooper and his wife Alice Palliser, and he was a distant cousin of Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser. Cooper was commissioned lieutenant on 1 December 1766, and he served aboard the Niger 32, Captain Sir Thomas...

Sir Charles Cotton

Sir Charles Cotton 1753-1812. Born in June 1753 in Jermyn Street, Westminster, he was the grandson of Sir John Hynde Cotton, 3rd baronet, a famous Jacobite-supporting politician, and the third son of Sir John Hynde Cotton, 4th baronet who served as an M.P for several...

John Cowling

John Cowling Died 1792. Cowling was commissioned lieutenant on 8 September 1758. Whilst serving in the Leeward Islands in the latter part of 1761 as first lieutenant of the Amazon 24, Captain Basil Keith, he was transferred from his position by Rear-Admiral George...

Samuel Pitchford Cornish

Samuel Pitchford Cornish  1739-1816. He was the son of Samuel Pitchford and Susannah Cornish, and the nephew of Vice-Admiral Sir Samuel Cornish. As Samuel Pitchford he served his early years in the East Indies under the patronage of his uncle, Rear-Admiral Samuel...

John Cleland

John Cleland c1725- 1795. Cleland was commissioned lieutenant on 5 February 1745, and was promoted commander of the new sloop Merlin 10 on 10 June 1756, serving in the Downs. This vessel was captured by the French privateer Marchault 30 after becoming separated from a...

Robert Carkett

Robert Carkett Died 1780. He was the son of Robert Carkett. Carkett entered the navy in 1734 as an able seaman aboard the Exeter 60, Captain John Yeo, and after serving for the next four years aboard the sloop Grampus 6, Commander George Cundett, and bomb Alderney 8,...

Sir John Collins

Sir John Collins Died 1794. Collins was commissioned lieutenant on 15 June 1757 and promoted commander on 10 January 1771. He commanded the sloop Nautilus from the early part of 1775 in which he sailed from Portsmouth for North America. On 10 October he drove the...

James Cook

James Cook 1728-79. Born on 27 October 1728 at Marton in Cleveland, he was the second of eight children, four of whom died young, to a Yorkshire-based Scottish-born farm labourer, James Cook, and his wife, Grace Pace. After receiving a basic education in his village...

James Cumming

James Cumming 1738-1808. He was born on 16 April 1738 at Sandwich, Kent, one of four sons and an elder daughter of James Cumming, a lieutenant of Greenwich Hospital, and of his wife Anne Hills. He was the brother of Captain William Cumming. Having been commissioned...

Sir Hugh Cloberry Christian

Sir Hugh Cloberry Christian 1747-98. He was the only child of Lieutenant Thomas Christian of Hook Norton in Oxfordshire, an ex-naval officer who made his fortune as a privateer captain, and of his wife Anne Hughes who remarried after her husband’s early death and...

John Campbell

John Campbell 1719 -1790. He was born at Kirkbean, near Dumfries in Kirkcudbrightshire, the son of the Reverend John Campbell and his wife Mary Michelson. Having been apprenticed to a master of a coaster, Campbell entered the navy by volunteering to replace a mate...

Phillips Cosby

Phillips Cosby 1729-1808. He was born in Nova Scotia, the younger son of Colonel Alexander Cosby of Stradbally Hall, Ireland, the lieutenant-governor of that colony, and of his wife, Anne Winnard. He was the uncle of Admiral William Wolseley. In 1745 Cosby entered the...

Sir John Colpoys

Sir John Colpoys 1742-1821. He was born in Ireland, the elder son of a Dublin attorney by the name of John Colpoys, and of his wife, a Miss Madden. He was the uncle of Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Griffith Colpoys. Colpoys entered the navy in 1756, serving at the...

Michael Clements

Michael Clements @1735-1796. He was born in Colwich, Staffordshire, a son of Rev. John Clements, the vicar of that parish and later the rector of Long Whatton, Leicestershire. From 1748-9 Clements was employed in the East Indies aboard the Siren 24, Captain Matthew...

James Cranston

James Cranston Died 1790. Cranston was commissioned lieutenant on 21 March 1755 and promoted commander of the sloop Swallow 10 on 27 August 1760, in which vessel he captured the privateer Vautour on 9 January 1761, and the letter-of-marque Tigre on 12 February. For a...

Brabazon Christian

Brabazon Christian 1755-1788. He came from an ancient Isle of Man family that later settled in Ireland. Christian was commissioned lieutenant on 18 July 1776 and commanded the galley Cornwallis 3 at New York during 1777. Promoted commander on 22 November, he joined...

Henry Colins

Henry Colins Died 1791. Colins was commissioned lieutenant on 2 November 1761. During September 1769 he took the recommissioned schooner Magdalen out to Virginia from Portsmouth where she remained for the next six years. In June 1775 the Magdalen was threatened by the...

Thomas Collingwood

Thomas Collingwood Died 1780. Commissioned lieutenant on 28 October 1750, Collingwood was posted captain of the frigate Syren 20 on 29 November 1756, serving in the Mediterranean. Having joined the new Crescent 32 in October 1758, he had her in the West Indies during...

Stephen Colby

Stephen Colby Died 1779. Colby was commissioned lieutenant on 11 March 1742 and promoted commander on 30 March 1746 when he joined the newly purchased Albany 14 at Louisbourg. He held the command of this vessel for a few months only until she was captured by the...