John Morris

Died 1776. He was the father of Vice-Admiral Sir James Nicoll Morris.


The attack on Charleston where Captain Morris lost his life.

He was commissioned lieutenant on 10 July 1755 and promoted commander on 7 January 1771 of the sloop Otter 14, being employed on the Newfoundland station until paid off in November 1773.

He was posted captain on 15 October 1775 and appointed to commission the new Bristol 50 at Sheerness, going out to North America from Cork in February 1776 with the broad pennant of Commodore Sir Peter Parker. Whilst commanding the Bristol on the unsuccessful attack on Charleston on 28 June he lost his arm but astonishingly returned to the deck, only to suffer a further, fatal, wound to which he succumbed after being moved to the hospital ship Pigot on 5 July. A government pension of £100 was awarded to his widow, Elizabeth.

He was a protégé of Admiral Hon. Samuel Barrington who following his untimely death took great notice of Morris’ son.