Richard Byron

Richard Byron 1769-1837. Born on 30 July 1769, he was the son of the Rev. Hon. Richard Byron, rector of Haughton, Durham, and of his wife Mary Farmer. He was the nephew of Vice-Admiral Hon. John Byron, and the cousin of Captain George Anson Byron. Byron’s name was...

Edward Pelham Brenton

Edward Pelham Brenton 1774-1839. He was born on Rhode Island on 20 July 1774, the second son of Rear-Admiral Sir Jahleel Brenton, and of his wife Henrietta Cowley. He was the younger brother of Vice-Admiral Sir Jahleel Brenton, whilst a younger brother, James Wallace...

John Bligh

John Bligh 1770-1831. Born in Guildford, Surrey in August 1770, he was the only son of Commander John Bligh and of his wife Elizabeth Titcher. He was the nephew of Admiral Sir Richard Rodney Bligh, and the grandson of Captain Richard Bligh. After an education at...

William Butterfield

William Butterfield 1767-1842. He was born in Durham, an elder son of Edward Butterfield and of his wife, Elizabeth Harrison. He was a relative on his mother’s side of the M.P. for Bodmin, William Masterman, who was a supporter of the government during the American...

Sir Edward Brace

Sir Edward Brace 1770 -1843. Born at Kimbolton, Herefordshire, and baptised on 2 June 1770, he was the son of Francis Brace of Stagbatch in Hertfordshire. Brace’s service commenced as a volunteer on 15 April 1781 when he joined the Artois 38, Captain John MacBride. He...

Sir Edward Buller

Sir Edward Buller 1764-1824. Born at Admiralty House, Whitehall, London, on Christmas Eve 1764, he was the second son of John Buller, the M.P. for East Looe, who was a serving member of the board of Admiralty and a lord of the Treasury in the early 1780’s. His mother...

Sir James Mantle Barclay

Sir James Mantle Barclay 1750-93. He was born on 2 October 1750 at Kingston, Hampshire, the second son of Sir William Blois Barclay, 5th Baronet Barclay, and of his wife, Susanna Church of Gloucester. Barclay was present as a boy at the capture of Havana in 1762, and...

Scory Barker

Scory Barker Died 1797. Barker was commissioned lieutenant on 6 November 1777 and promoted commander on 1 December 1787 after commissioning the brand new St. George 98 for the Dutch Armament, although this vessel was paid off as incomplete that month. By the early...

Henry Ball

Henry Ball 1754-92. The elder son of Admiral Sir Edward Hughes’ second wife, a widow known at the time of their marriage in 1765 as Ruth Wheeler, the identity of his father is unclear, with various sources suggesting that he might have been a ‘Captain Ball’ whom Ruth...

Sir Thomas Byard

Sir Thomas Byard 1743-98. He was baptised at Burton-on-Trent on 25 September 1743, the second son of Henry Byard and his wife Ann. Byard was commissioned lieutenant on 25 June 1773, promoted commander of the fireship Spitfire 8 on 15 November 1782, and posted captain...

Hon. Peregrine Francis Bertie

Hon. Peregrine Francis Bertie 1741-90. He was born on 13 March 1741, the third son of Willoughby Bertie, 3rd Earl of Abingdon, and his wife, Anna Maria Collins. After an education at Westminster School Bertie joined the navy and was commissioned lieutenant on 17...

Henry Lidgbird Ball

Henry Lidgbird Ball 1756-1818. Born in Irby, Cheshire, he was the son of George Ball and his wife, Lucy Stringer, and was baptised on 7 December 1756 at Woodchurch, Cheshire. Ball was commissioned lieutenant on 23 April 1778, and from March 1783 until April 1786 he...

William Bradley

William Bradley c1757-1833. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Bradley, and the great-nephew of the astronomer royal, James Bradley. Bradley entered the navy in 1772 and was commissioned lieutenant on 25 October 1778. Prior to joining the Ariadne 20, which was...

William Bentinck

William Bentinck 1764-1813. He was born on 17 June 1764 of Dutch and British noble stock, being the elder son of Captain John Bentinck of Terrington St. Clement, Norfolk, who died on 23 September 1775 whilst commanding the Centaur 74, having invented the chain pump...

Richard Boger

Richard Boger Died 1822. He was the son of a surgeon, Richard Boger, of St. Germans in Cornwall. Boger was commissioned lieutenant on 23 March 1776; in August 1778 he was offered a position aboard the Victory 100, flagship in the Channel of Admiral Hon. Augustus...

Richard Rundle Burges

Richard Rundle Burges 1754-97. Born on 10 September 1754 to Richard Burges and his wife, Mary Rundle, he came from a seafaring family that originated from Topsham, Devon, and was the brother in law of Captain Thomas Watson who died in action in the Leeward Islands on...

John Blankett

John Blankett 1741-1801. He was born at Rotherhithe, London, and baptised on 13 February 1741, one of nine children of a wealthy merchant, Stephen Blankett, and of his wife, Elizabeth Born* Blankett volunteered for the navy and served as a midshipman to Captain Edward...

Robert Barbor

Robert Barbor Died 1782. Barbor was commissioned lieutenant on 23 February 1756, and from 1758 commanded the sloop Postillion 18, an ex-French privateer, serving in the North Sea. He was posted captain of the Kennington 20 on 4 June 1759, and he served in the...

Richard Bowen

Richard Bowen 1761-97. Born in Ilfracombe, Devon, he was the third son of Richard Bowen, a merchant captain, and the brother of Rear-Admiral James Bowen and Captain George Bowen. Another brother, Thomas, died as a midshipman in 1796, whilst the second oldest brother,...

Edward Bowater

Edward Bowater 1753- 1829. The son of Richard Bowater of Coventry, Warwickshire, and his wife, Mary Bailey, he was the younger brother of Lieutenant-General John Bowater of the Royal Marines. Bowater was commissioned lieutenant on 26 February 1776 and commanded the...

George Bowen (1)

George Bowen (1) Died1823. He was of Welsh descent, the cousin of Captain George Bowen who died in command of the Trusty in 1800. Bowen was commissioned lieutenant on 13 March 1773 and promoted commander on 19 November 1779, in which rank he commissioned the ex-sloop...

John Bourchier

John Bourchier 1747-1808. Born on 26 September 1747 at Bramfield, Suffolk, he was the fourth son of the Revered Edward Bourchier and of his wife Elizabeth Gattacre. Having been commissioned on 13 July 1775, Bourchier was first lieutenant of the sloop Druid 14,...

Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton

Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton 1759-1832. Born on 11 October 1759 in Southampton, he was the eldest and only surviving son of Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Bickerton and his wife Mary Anne Hussey. Bickerton entered the service with the rating of midshipman upon the...

George Anson Byron

George Anson Byron 1758-93. He was born on 30 November 1758, the second son of Vice-Admiral Hon. John Byron, and of his wife, Sophia Trevannion. He was the uncle of the poet Lord Byron and a cousin of Rear-Admiral Richard Byron. Byron was commissioned lieutenant on 31...

James Bradby (1)

James Bradby 1738-1809. He came from a family long settled in the Hamble area of Southampton, and was the brother of Lieutenant Daniel Bradby and the father of Captain James Bradby and two other sons who served in the navy. From 1758-61 Bradby was employed aboard the...

Philip Browne

Philip Browne c1741-1779.He came from a family long settled in Godmanstone, Dorset, and was the father of Rear-Admiral Philip Browne. Two other sons died on active service, one being an artillery captain based at Barbados, and the other a midshipman in the navy....

Hugh Bromedge

Hugh Bromedge Died 1792. Bromedge was commissioned lieutenant on 21 September 1756, and during early 1759 commanded the cutter Duke William in the Channel where he was active in anti-smuggling operations. On 3 April 1759 he was promoted commander of the Wolf 16, which...

Charles Buckner

Charles Buckner c1735-1811. He was born in Boxgrove, Sussex, the son of Richard Buckner, a steward to the Whig politician the Duke of Richmond, and of his wife, Mary Saunders. His elder brother, John Buckner, was the Bishop of Chichester from 1797-1824. Benefitting...

John Bourmaster

John Bourmaster 1736-1807. A gentleman of humble origins, he had to earn his promotions on merit. Bourmaster was commissioned lieutenant on 19 October 1759, in which rank he was the principal agent of transports in North America during the early stages of the...

Thomas Burnet

Thomas Burnet 1724- 83. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the second son of the Dutch born colonial administrator William Burnet FRS, and of his second wife Anna Mary Van Horne. Both his parents died at a young age and he was left in the care of an uncle. Burnet...