Richard Incledon Bury

Richard Incledon Bury 1757-1825. He was born Richard Incledon to an established Devonshire family, the third son of a Barnstaple attorney, Chichester Incledon, and of his wife, Christian Mervyn.Incledon entered the Navy in 1772 and was commissioned lieutenant on 23...

Sir Robert Barlow

Sir Robert Barlow 1757-1843. The eldest son of William Barlow, a merchant from Bath, and of his wife Hilaire Butcher, he was born in Covent Garden, London on Christmas Day 1757, the elder brother of George Hilario Barlow who would serve as the acting governor-general...

Philip Beaver

Philip Beaver 1766-1813. He was born on 28 February 1766 at Lewknor, Oxfordshire, the third son of a local curate, Reverend James Beaver, and of his wife, Jane Skeeler, also the daughter of a vicar.Having lost his father in 1777 at the age of eleven, and with his...

Volant Vashon Ballard

Volant Vashon Ballard 1774-1832. Baptised on 4 July 1774 at Ludlow in Shropshire, he was the second son of Humphrey Ballard and of his wife Sarah Vashon, and was the nephew of Admiral James Vashon.Ballard entered the service in April 1786 aboard Commodore Alan...

Sir Robert Barrie

Sir Robert Barrie 1774-1841. He was born in St. Augustine, Florida on 5 May 1774, the son of Dr Robert Barrie, a Scottish surgeon’s mate serving with the 31st Foot Regiment who died in Robert’s infancy on the voyage back to Britain, and Dorothea ‘Dolly’ Gardner, the...

Joseph Baker

Joseph Baker 1768-1817. He was the second son of James Baker and his wife Nancy, and was born in Bristol. His mother’s family came from Ludlow in Shropshire and was related to Admiral James Vashon, who also came from that town.Baker entered the service in December...

William Robert Broughton

William Robert Broughton 1762-1821. He was born on 22 March 1762 to a Hamburg merchant, Charles Broughton, and his wife Anne-Elisabeth, the daughter of Baron William de Hertoghe of Hamburg.In May 1774 Broughton had his name entered on to the books of the yacht...

Velters Cornewall Berkeley

Velters Cornewall Berkeley 1754-1804. He was born on 1 October 1754, being one of six sons, two of whom died in infancy, of Lionel Spencer Berkeley, and of his wife, Margaret Whitfield of Twickenham, Middlesex. He was a distant relative of the Earl of Berkeley, and of...

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 days...

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...