Stair Douglas (1)

Stair Douglas (1) Died 1789. He was the third of four sons of Sir John Douglas of Kilhead, Scotland, and of his wife Christian, the daughter of Sir William Cunningham. He was the uncle of Rear-Admiral Stair Douglas. Douglas’ early service included a spell in the...

Sir Andrew Snape Douglas

Sir Andrew Snape Douglas 1761-97. He was born on 8 October 1761 in Edinburgh, the son of a doctor of medicine, William Douglas, and his wife Lydia Hamond, the eldest sister of Captain Sir Andrew Snape Hamond. Following the death of his father in 1770, and after a...

John Leigh Douglas

John Leigh Douglas 1741-1810. He was the son of the Reverend Alexander Douglas of Baads in Midlothian, and of his wife, Isabel Houston. Douglas was commissioned lieutenant on 17 June 1760, and after being promoted commander of the Camelon 14 on 19 September 1777 went...

Francis William Drake

Francis William Drake 1724-89. Born in Buckland Monachorum, Devon, and baptised on 22 August 1724, he was the third born but second surviving of Sir Francis Henry Drake, the 4th baronet in the line of succession from the conqueror of the Spanish Armada, Sir Francis...

John Dalrymple

John Dalrymple c1722-1798. He was descended from a noble Scottish family, being related to the Earl of Stair, and the only son of Robert Dalrymple who inherited the Kinloch estate. Dalrymple was commissioned lieutenant on 1 February 1756, and having commanded the...

Thomas Drury

Thomas Drury 1750-1832. He was the fourth child but the eldest son of the Reverend George Drury, the rector of Claydon in Suffolk, and of his wife, Elizabeth Cavell. Drury was commissioned lieutenant on 18 March 1773 and joined the Alarm, 32 Captain John Stott,...

Edmund Dod

Edmund Dod 1734-1815. Dod was commissioned lieutenant on 26 February 1760, and whilst in this rank he commanded the schooner Diligent 10 at Halifax in 1776 before she was wrecked on the Gannet Rocks in the Bay of Fundy whilst escorting transports with forage for the...

Billy Douglas

Billy Douglas 1749-1817. He was born on 30 April 1749 at Turnham Green, Chiswick, London. Douglas was commissioned lieutenant on 10 August 1776, and by July 1777 he was in command of the brig Antigua 12 at Jamaica, with which he captured the rebel privateer Blacksnake...

Hugh Dalrymple

Hugh Dalrymple Died 1779. He was of Scottish descent, one of fifteen children of Sir James Dalrymple M.P and of his wife Lady Christian Hamilton, the daughter of the Earl of Haddington. He was the older brother of the first hydrographer of the Admiralty, Alexander...

George Dawson

George Dawson Of his origins nothing is known, other than that he resided during the early 1780’s at Holgate, York. Dawson was commissioned lieutenant on 9 August 1762, and from 1768 held the command of the schooner Hope 6, taking her out to Boston, returning to...

Hon. Robert Digby

Hon. Robert Digby 1732-1815. Born on 20 December 1732, he was the third son of the Hon. Edward Digby and his wife Charlotte Fox, sister to the Earl of Ilchester and Lord Holland. He was the grandson of William, 5th Baron Digby in the Irish peerage, and the younger...

George Darby

George Darby c1720-1790. He was the second son of Jonathon Darby of Leap Castle, King’s County in Ireland, and of his wife Anna Marie Frend. After being promoted lieutenant on 7 September 1742 Darby was posted captain of the Warwick 60 on 12 September 1747, and in...

Viscount Adam Duncan

Adam Duncan 1st Viscount 1731-1804. He was born on 1 July 1731 at Dundee, a younger son of Alexander Duncan of Lundie, Perthshire, who was a Hanoverian supporter in the 1745 rebellion and became the provost of Dundee, and of his wife Helen Haldane of Gleneagles. He...

Sir Francis Samuel Drake

Sir Francis Samuel Drake 1st Baronet 1728-89. He was baptised on 14 September 1729, having been born a year before at the ancestral Drake home of Buckland Abbey in Buckland Monachorum, Devon. He was the fourth born but third surviving of Sir Francis Henry Drake, the...

William Dickson

William Dickson n.b There is a great deal of confusion surrounding the careers of Archibald and William Dickson during the period 1776-81. I am confident that having interrogated National Archive records on-line (and also taken into account William Dickson’s...

Sir Digby Dent

Sir Digby Dent 1739-1817. He was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 16 November 1739, the son of Captain Cotton Dent who died in January 1761 when a captain of Greenwich Hospital, and of his wife Catherine Bowerbank. He was the nephew of Commodore Digby Dent who...

Sir John Thomas Duckworth

Sir John Thomas Duckworth 1748-1817. Of Lancastrian descent, he was born on 9 February 1748 at Leatherhead, one of five sons of the Rev. Henry Duckworth, who later became Canon of Windsor, and of his wife, Sarah Johnson of Ickenham, Middlesex. In 1759 Duckworth left...

James Richard Dacres (1)

James Richard Dacres (1) 1749-1810. Born in February 1749 at Gibraltar, he was the eldest son of Richard Dacres, the secretary to the Gibraltar garrison, and of his wife Mary Bateman. He was the brother of Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Dacres, father of Captain Barrington...

Sir Archibald Dickson

Sir Archibald Dickson n.b There is a great deal of confusion surrounding the careers of Archibald and William Dickson during the period 1776-81. I am confident that having interrogated National Archive records on-line (and also taken into account William Dickson’s...

Henry Davis

Henry Davis Died 1776. He was commissioned lieutenant on 24 September 1756 and promoted commander on 20 June 1765, later commanding the sloop Hunter out of Liverpool. He was further posted captain on 26 May 1768, and from 1772-4 he had the Seaford 20, serving off the...

Henry Duncan

Henry Duncan 1739-1814. He was born in Dundee Scotland on 24 January 1739, the son of Alexander Duncan who was the town clerk, and of his wife, Isabel Crawford. Having seen early employment in the merchant service he entered the navy in May 1755 as an able seaman...

Sir Charles Douglas

Sir Charles Douglas @1727- 1789. He was descended from William Douglas of Lochleven, the 6th Earl Morton. He passed his examination for lieutenant in February 1747 but did not achieve this rank until 4 December 1753. Promotion to commander followed on 24 February 1759...