Hon. Dunbar MacLellan

Died 1782. He was the third son of William MacLellan, who was known as Lord Kirkcudbright, and of his wife, Margaret Murray.

MacLellan was commissioned lieutenant of the Lizard 28, Captain Thomas Mackenzie, in the St Lawrence on 11 May 1776.

Having assumed the acting-captaincy of the Superb 74 in the East Indies with the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hughes on 1 March 1782 following the death of Captain William Stevens, he commanded her at the Battle of Providien on 12 April where she was targeted by the French centre, suffering the huge casualty figure of fifty-nine men killed and ninety-six wounded.

MacLellan was posted captain on 30 April 1782, but was killed by a grape shot to his heart during the early stages of the Battle of Negapatam on 6 July.

He appears to have been unmarried and was certainly childless.

MacLellan was described by Hughes as ‘an excellent officer in every department of the service’.