Isaac Cotgrave

Isaac Cotgrave 1747- 1814. He was born in Cheshire, the son of Jonathon Cotgrave, and of his wife, Mary Low. Cotgrave was commissioned lieutenant on 15 May 1780, and in 1791 he recommissioned the cutter Ranger 14 in that rank, largely operating out of Plymouth. This...

George Countess

George Countess 1743- 1811. He was of Irish extraction. Countess was commissioned lieutenant on 8 August 1774 and was one of a dozen officers promoted commander at the conclusion of the Dutch Armament on 1 December 1787, being appointed to the Atalanta 14 for purposes...

Hon. Sir Arthur Kaye Legge

Hon. Sir Arthur Kaye Legge 1766-1835. Born on 25 October 1766, he was the sixth son of the statesman, William Legge, the 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, and of his wife, Frances Catherine Nicoll. He had seven brothers, one of whom became the Bishop of Oxford, whilst his...

Henry Lloyd

Henry Lloyd Died 1792. Lloyd was commissioned lieutenant on 13 October 1757, and he was promoted commander of the bomb vessel Infernal 8 on 26 May 1768, being one of many officers advanced on that date. On 26 July 1769 he was appointed to the French-built sloop Hawk...

Sir Ross Donnelly

Sir Ross Donnelly 1761-1840. He was the son of Dr Francis Donnelly of Athlone, County Roscomon, and of his wife, Anne. Donnelly entered the navy in 1776 during the early years of the American Revolutionary War, and he served on a battery at the capture of Charleston...

Edward Rotheram

Edward Rotheram 1753-1830. Born on 27 December 1753 at Hexham, Northumberland, he was the second son of seven children of Dr John Rotheram and of his wife, Catherine Roberts. His brother was Professor John Rotheram, an esteemed natural philosopher. Rotheram was...

William Edward Cracraft

William Edward Cracraft c1767-1810. He was described in contemporary newspapers as a ‘near relation’ of the 5th Earl of Berkeley, which possibly indicated that he was the peer’s natural son. By 1780 Cracraft was studying at the Royal Naval Academy, he was commissioned...

Sir Thomas Williams

Sir Thomas Williams c1762-1841. He appears to have been christened on the Isle of Wight on 20 June 1762, the eldest of three sons of Captain William Williams, who died on Saint-Domingue in 1778, shortly after being wounded in an action that saw his frigate, the Active...

James Bowen

James Bowen 1751-1835. He was born in Ilfracombe, Devon, the eldest son of Richard Bowen, a merchant captain who traded in Africa and the West Indies. He was the brother of Captain Richard Bowen who was killed in action in 1797, and of Captain George Bowen, who died...

Sir Charles Dashwood

Sir Charles Dashwood 1765-1847. He was born on 1 September 1765, the second son of Robert Dashwood of Vallon Wood in Somerset, and of his wife, Hon. Mary Sweeting. Dashwood entered the Navy on 9 January 1779, serving in home waters aboard the Courageux 74, Captain...

James Ross-Farquharson

James Ross-Farquharson 1771-1809. He was the second son of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lockhart-Ross and of his wife, Elizabeth Dundas, the daughter of the Right Hon. Robert Dundas, the Lord President of the Court of Session in Scotland. Ross was commissioned lieutenant on...

Sir Robert Waller Otway

Sir Robert Waller Otway 1770-1846. He was born on 26 April 1770, reportedly the second of seven sons and one daughter of a wealthy dragoon officer, Cooke Otway, of Castle Otway, County Tipperary, and of his wife, Elizabeth Waller. The Reverend Samuel Otway,...

John Monkton

John Monkton c1754-1826. Monkton first went to sea in 1766 and saw initial service aboard the Chatham 50, Captain John Falkingham, which sailed for the Leeward Islands in July of that year. He transferred with Falkingham in August to the Lark 32, which was paid off in...

William Bedford

William Bedford 1764-1827. He was born in March 1764 and was probably a younger son of William Bedford and of his wife, Dorothea Kempe. Bedford was given a lieutenant’s commission on 12 September 1781, and from April 1783 until April 1786 served aboard the Plymouth...

Thomas Larcom

Thomas Larcom c1759-1804. He was the son of Thomas Larcom and of his wife, Charity Banton, and was the elder brother of Rear-Admiral Joseph Larcom. The boys and their sister were orphaned in the early 1770’s and became the responsibility of a maternal aunt, who was...

Sir George Burlton

Sir George Burlton Died 1815. He was a younger son of Philip Burlton of Wickham Mills, Essex, and of St. James’ Street, London, who had served as the surgeon-general to the Army in Germany under the Marquis of Granby during the Seven Years War. Philip Burlton was well...

Edward Kittoe

Edward Kittoe 1768-1823. He was christened at St. Lawrence, Kent on 30 July 1768, the son of George Kittoe and of his wife, Margaret Read. His brother, George Kittoe, became the master-attendant of the dockyard in English Harbour, Antigua, where he was infamously...

William Brown

William Brown 1764 -1814. He was born on 8 May 1764 at Leesthorpe Hall, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, the son of John Suffield Brown, a landowner and deputy lord-lieutenant of that county, and of his wife, Anna Maria Elson. Brown joined the Navy in 1777, and was...

William Roberts

William Roberts c1769-1811. Roberts was commissioned lieutenant on 23 December 1793, and it appears likely that he fought at the Battle of the Glorious First of June in 1794 aboard the Defence 74, Captain James Gambier. He was promoted commander of the sloop Snake 18...

George Sayer (1)

George Sayer (1) 1773-1831. Born on 15 November 1773, he was the eldest son of Benjamin Sawyer, a long-term Customs collector at Deal in Kent, and of his wife, Anne Matson. He was the cousin of Captain George Sayer (2). Sayer joined the service aboard the Phoenix 36,...

Sir Francis Laforey

Sir Francis Laforey 1767-1835. He was born on 31 December 1767 in the colony of Virginia, North America, the son of Vice-Admiral Sir John Laforey and of his wife, Eleanor Farley. Laforey was educated at Freshford near Bath in the early 1780’s. Having been commissioned...

Richard Creyke

Richard Creyke 1746 – 1826. He was born on 8 August 1746 in Burleigh-on-the-Hill, Rutland, the second son of John Creyke and Catherine Austen. Creyke was one of the picked members of crew who in 1764 joined the Dolphin 20, Captain Hon. John Byron, which in...

Sir Thomas Briggs

Sir Thomas Briggs 1780-1852. Born in Southampton in 1780, he was the son of Stephen Briggs, the chief surgeon at Madras, and of Magdalena Pasley, the youngest sister of Admiral Sir Thomas Pasley. His cousins included Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Malcolm and Admiral Sir...

John Broughton

John Broughton c1767- 1837. Broughton first went to sea in June 1780 aboard the Valiant 74, Captain Samuel Goodall, seeing service in the Channel, at the Relief of Gibraltar on 12 April 1781, and in Rear-Admiral Richard Kempenfelt’s action with the Comte de Guichen on...

Jemmett Brown Mainwaring

Jemmett Brown Mainwaring 1763-1800. He was the third surviving son of Benjamin Mainwaring of Whitmore in Staffordshire, and the brother of Lieutenant-General John Montagu Mainwaring. Through his grandmother, he was a distant relative of Admiral Sir Thomas Pye. On 24...

Edward Leveson-Gower

Edward Leveson-Gower 1776-1853. He was born on 8 May 1776, the second son of Rear-Admiral Hon. John Leveson-Gower and of his wife Frances Boscawen, the daughter of the famous Admiral Hon. Edward Boscawen. He was the brother of Captain Augustus Leveson-Gower who died...

Sir Peter Halkett

Sir Peter Halkett 1765-1839. Born on 16 October 1765, he was the second son of Sir John Wedderburn Halkett, the 4th baronet of Pitfirrane in Fife, and of his second wife, Mary Hamilton. He was the elder brother of both General John Halkett, who served as the governor...

Joseph Deane

Joseph Deane c1731-80. He was baptised on 22 December 1730 and appears to have originated from Whitehaven in Cumbria. His younger brother, Charles, served in the East India Company. On 29 April 1755 Deane was commissioned lieutenant, and on 23 February 1758 he was...

Sir John Borlase Warren

Sir John Borlase Warren 1753-1822. He was born on 2 September 1753 at Stapleford in Nottinghamshire, the fourth son of a wealthy gentleman, John Borlase Warren, and of his wife, Bridget Rosell of Radcliffe-on-Trent. Warren received an education at Bicester and...

Richard Retalick

Richard Retalick c1759-1813. He came from an established Cornish family. His brother James was wounded aboard the Monarch 74 at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797 when serving as her third lieutenant, and his injuries contributed to his early death at Padstow in...