Sir Davidge Gould

Sir Davidge Gould 1758-1847. He was born in Bridgwater, Somerset, to an influential family, the son of Richard Gould of Sharpham Park, near Wells, and of his wife, Susan Maundrell. Gould joined the navy in 1772 as a volunteer aboard the Alarm 32, Captain John Stott,...

William Smith

William Smith Died c1806. Smith was commissioned lieutenant on 4 November 1780, promoted commander on 23 December 1782, and during the Spanish Armament was posted captain of the Danae 32 on 21 September 1790, retaining her until 22 November but not apparently taking...

Adam Littlejohn

Adam Littlejohn Died 1795. Littlejohn was commissioned lieutenant on 31 March 1780. A protégé of Vice-Admiral William Hotham, he served with that officer aboard the Princess Royal 98, Captain John Holloway, from 29 December 1790 until 9 September 1791, at which time...

John Ayscough

John Ayscough 1777- 1863. The son of Commander James Ayscough, he was reportedly born on board the sloop Swan 14 on 12 December 1777 during an action ashore at Southold on Long Island, New York, which saw his father, the commander of the vessel, lose a leg. His...

Sir Henry Hotham

Sir Henry Hotham 1777-1833. He was born on 19 February 1777, the third and youngest surviving son of Beaumont Hotham, the second Baron Hotham of South Dalton, Yorkshire, a judge and M.P., and of his wife, Susanna Hankey. He was the nephew of Admiral Lord William...

Sir Pulteney Malcolm

Sir Pulteney Malcolm 1768-1838. He was born at Douglen, Dumfriesshire, on 20 February 1768, the third son of seventeen children of a farm manager, George Malcolm of Burnfoot, Dumfriesshire, and of his wife, Margaret Pasley. Of his older brothers, John Malcolm was an...

Sir David Milne

Sir David Milne 1763-1845. He was born on 25 May 1763 at Musselburgh near Edinburgh, the son of David Milne, a silk merchant, and of his wife, Susan Vernor. After an education in Edinburgh, Milne entered the Navy in May 1779 aboard the Canada 74, Captain Hugh...

Frederick Watkins

Frederick Watkins 1770- 1856. He was born on 14 October 1770. Watkins was one of the many officers commissioned lieutenant on 20 November 1790 at the conclusion of the Spanish Armament, and he was appointed to the Vigilant 64 for apparent purposes of rank only. On 7...

Sir Edward William Campbell Rich Owen

Sir Edward William Campbell Rich Owen 1771-1849. He was born on 19 Feb 1771 at Campobello, Nova Scotia, the illegitimate son of Captain William Owen, who was from a Welsh family long established in Montgomeryshire, and of his housekeeper, Sarah Haslam. His father lost...

Thomas Eyles

Thomas Roger Eyles c1769- 1835. He was the son of Thomas Eyles of Stratton Audley in Oxfordshire, and of his wife, Ann Woodward Baxter. Eyles was commissioned lieutenant of the Hero 74 for purposes of rank only on 22 November 1790, being one of many officers advanced...

Anselm John Griffiths

Anselm John Griffiths c1769-1842. He was the son of the Rev. John Griffiths of Kingston-upon-Thames. In January 1781 Griffiths joined the Navy aboard the Juno 32, Captain James Montagu, serving in home waters, and on 22 November 1790 he was commissioned lieutenant of...

Robert Haswell

Robert Haswell c1724-1800. Haswell appears to have joined the Navy in May 1737, and he was commissioned lieutenant on 8 July 1744. On 26 March 1762 he was promoted commander of the bomb vessel Thunder 14 by Rear-Admiral George Rodney in the West Indies, serving at the...

George Miller Bligh

George Miller Bligh 1780-1834. He was born on 4 May 1780 at Alverstoke, Hampshire, the only surviving son of Admiral Sir Richard Rodney Bligh and of his first wife, Ann Worsley of Gatcomb Park, Isle of Wight. Having entered the Navy in 1794, Bligh served with his...

Herbert Browell

Herbert Browell Died 1796. He was the son of William Browell, a midshipman who had served under Admiral of the Fleet Lord George Anson. His brother was Captain William Browell. Browell was commissioned lieutenant on 8 October 1779, and in April 1783 he was briefly...

Sir Robert Laurie

Sir Robert Laurie 1764-1848. He was born on 25 May 1764, the only son of Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Laurie, 5th baronet, the M.P. for Dumfriesshire from 1774 to 1804, and of his wife, Elizabeth Mary, the daughter of the 6th Lord Ruthven. Laurie joined the Navy on...

William Duddingston

William Duddingston 1740-1817. He was born in November 1740 in Kilconquar, Fifeshire, the third born son of fourteen children of James Duddingston, and of his wife, Margaret Gillespie. After service in the merchant marine on the Fifeshire coast from 1752-5,...

Robert Dudley Oliver

Robert Dudley Oliver 1766-1850. Born on 31 October 1766 to a prominent Limerick family, he was one of at least nine children of John Oliver and of his wife, Elizabeth Ryder, and was related to Silver Oliver of Castle Oliver, the M.P. for Limerick in the Irish...

Sir Charles Adam

Sir Charles Adam 1780-1853. He was born on 6 October 1780 at Blairadam House, Kelty, Fifeshire, the second but eldest surviving son of the Whig lawyer, Rt. Hon. William Adam of Blair-Adam Kinross, and of Eleanor, a daughter of Lord Elphinstone, who was a sister of...

Jahleel Brenton (1)

Jahleel Brenton (1) 1729-1802. He was born in Newport, Rhode Island on 22 October 1729, the fourth son and one of a dozen children of Jahleel Brenton, who died in 1766, and of his wife, Frances Cranston. He was the father of Vice-Admiral Sir Jahleel Brenton and...

Lord John Colville

Lord John Colville 1768-1849. Born on 15 March 1768, he was the second son of the 8th Lord Colville of Culross and of his wife, Amelia Webber. He was the elder brother of General Sir Charles Colville. Colville entered the Navy on 12 December 1775 aboard the Isis 50,...

John Erskine Douglas

John Erskine Douglas 1757 -1847. One of fifteen children of David Douglas and of his wife, whose maiden name was Thompson, he was the grand-nephew of the 2nd Earl of Queensberry, and the brother of Colonel William Douglas. Douglas was commissioned lieutenant on 21...

Sir George Cockburn

Sir George Cockburn 1772-1853. Born on 22 April 1772 in London of Scottish descent, he was the second son of Sir James Cockburn, Bt. of Langton, Berwickshire, the Tory M.P. for Peebles who later suffered financial ruin, and of Augusta Ayscough, a daughter of the Dean...

Sir James Brisbane

Sir James Brisbane 1774-1826. He was the fifth son of Admiral John Brisbane, and of his wife, Mary Young. His elder brother was Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Brisbane, and of his other brothers, Captain John Brisbane drowned in 1782, Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Brisbane was...

Sir George Eyre

Sir George Eyre 1769-1839. He was born on 23 April 1769, the fourth and youngest son of Anthony Eyre, the M.P. for Boroughbridge from 1774-84, and the descendent of an old and prominent Nottinghamshire family which had been supporters of the Stuarts. His mother was...

Robert Scott

Robert Scott Died 1807. He was the son of the Reverend James Scott of Itchen Stoke in Hampshire, and of his wife, Jane Elizabeth Harmood. Amongst several siblings was Jane Elizabeth Harley, the Countess of Oxford, whose liaisons with the reformers and progressives of...

William O’Brien Drury

William O’Brien Drury 1754-1811. Believed to have been born in Chadlington, Oxfordshire, he was the son of Edward Drury of Cloyne, Cork, Ireland, and of his wife, Ann Maule. Having been commissioned lieutenant on 28 November 1778, Drury was promoted commander on...

Sir Richard Hussey Moubray (Hussey)

Sir Richard Hussey Moubray (Hussey) 1776-1842. He was born on 16 March 1776 at Stoke Damarel, Plymouth, the second and youngest son of Robert Moubray of Cockairney, Kinrosshire, Scotland, and of his wife, Arabella Hussey. He was the first cousin of Admiral Sir Richard...

Hugh Pigot (2)

Hugh Pigot 1769-97. Born on 5 September 1769 in Patshull, Staffordshire, he was the younger son of Admiral Hugh Pigot and of his second wife, Frances Wrottesley. In May 1782 Pigot entered the Navy aboard the Jupiter 50, Captain Thomas Pasley, the flagship of his...

Hon. Francis Farrington Gardner

Hon. Francis Farrington Gardner 1773-1821. Born on 21 June 1773, he was the second of nine sons of Admiral Lord Gardner and of his wife, Susanna Hyde Gale. He was the brother of Admiral Lord Alan Hyde Gardner and Major-General Hon. William Henry Gardner. On 19 June...

John Mason Lewis

John Mason Lewis c1770-1835. He was the son of Major-General Robert Mason Lewis, who at the time of his death in 1800 was the lieutenant-governor of Carisbrook Castle. Lewis was commissioned lieutenant on 2 November 1790 at the end of the Spanish Armament, and he...