Sir Philip Carteret (Silvester)

Sir Philip Carteret (Silvester) 1777-1828. Born in 1777, he was the second son of Rear-Admiral Philip Carteret of Trinity Manor, Jersey, who discovered Pitcairn Island during his voyage of discovery from 1769-9, and of his wife Mary Rachel Silvester, sister to the...

Sir George Ralph Collier

Sir George Ralph Collier 1774-1824. He was the second son of Ralph Collier, the chief clerk to the Victaulling Board, and of his wife Henrietta Maria Jackson, the daughter of an Amsterdam merchant.After an education at the Chelsea Maritime Academy, Collier entered the...

Hon. Sir Alexander Forester Inglis Cochrane

Sir Alexander Forester Inglis Cochrane 1758-1832. Born on 23 April 1758, he was the sixth surviving son of Thomas, 8th Earl Dundonald, and of his second wife, Jane Stuart. He was the father of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas John Cochrane, the godfather and uncle of...

Hon. William Carnegie. 7th Earl Northesk

Hon. William Carnegie. 7th Earl Northesk 1756-1831. Born in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh on 10 April 1756 of Scottish descent, he was the second son of George, Admiral the 6th Earl Northesk who died in 1792. His mother, Anne Melville, was the eldest daughter of the 5th Earl...

Charles Cobb

Charles Cobb Died 1809. He probably originated from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, where families by the name of Cobb had long settled, and where he lived out the greater part of his life.Cobb was commissioned lieutenant on 23 February 1774, in which capacity he commanded...

Hon. Henry Curzon

Hon. Henry Curzon 1765-1846. He was born on 24 May 1765, the fifth and youngest son of the Tory M.P. for Clitheroe and later for Derbyshire, Nathaniel Curzon, who became the 1st Lord Scarsdale in 1761, and of his wife Caroline Colyear, the daughter of the Earl of...

James Cotes

James Cotes Died 1802.Cotes entered the Royal Naval College in September 1766 and was commissioned lieutenant on 10 July 1776. Based on the Jamaican station, and nominally the first lieutenant aboard the flagship of the commander-in-chief, Vice-Admiral Clark Gayton,...

Sir George Campbell

Sir George Campbell 1759-1821. He was born on 14 August 1759, the second of four sons and three daughters of the Scottish politician, Pryse Campbell M.P. of Cawdor Castle, Nairnshire, and of his wife Sarah, the daughter of Sir Edmund Bacon, Bt. His elder brother, John...

Sir Christopher Cole

Sir Christopher Cole 1770-1836. He was born on 10 June 1770 at Marazion, Cornwall, the sixth and youngest son of an attorney, Humphrey Cole, and of his wife, Phillis Maugham. He was the younger brother of Captain Francis Cole, who earned fame in the frigate...

James Colnett

James Colnett 1753-1806. He was born in Devonport, Plymouth, the elder son of James Colnett who originally came from London, and of his wife, Sarah Lang. Colnett joined the navy as a seaman in June 1770 aboard the sloop Hazard, Commander James Orrok, later removing to...

James Cornwallis

James Cornwallis 1754-98. He was the third son of the Revered William Cornwallis, the rector of Chelmondiston, Suffolk, and of his wife, Sarah Cobbald. He was a distant cousin of Admiral Hon. Sir William Cornwallis. During 1774-6 he served off West Africa aboard the...

Sir Isaac Coffin

Sir Isaac Coffin 1759-1839. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 16 May 1759, the fourth and youngest son of Nathaniel Coffin, paymaster of the customs, and of his wife Elizabeth Barnes, the daughter of a merchant from that city. He attended the Boston Latin School...

Charles Chamberlayne

Charles Chamberlayne 1750-1810. He was the youngest of six sons, and the second youngest of fourteen children of Edmund Chamberlayne from Maugersbury, Stow-in-the Wold, Gloucestershire, and of his wife, Elizabeth Atkyns. Through the marriage of his sister he became...

Wilfred Collingwood

Wilfred Collingwood 1749-1787. Born in Newcastle and baptised on 11 October 1749, he was the second of three sons of a bankrupt trader, Cuthbert Collingwood, and of his wife Milcah Dobson. His elder brother was Vice-Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood. In August 1761,...

Lord Cuthbert Collingwood

Lord Cuthbert Collingwood 1748-1810. Born on 26 September 1748 in a house on The Side, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he was the oldest of three sons of a bankrupt trader, Cuthbert Collingwood, and of his wife Milcah Dobson. The Collingwoods were descended from an established...

William Carthew

William Carthew 1758- 1827. He was born on 4 November 1758 at St. Clement Danes in Herfordshire. His family had long owned Woodbridge Abbey in Suffolk, and he was the eldest of five sons of Rev Thomas Carthew and his first wife, Elizabeth Morden, his father having the...

James Clark

James Clark Died 1783. Having served as a masters’ mate aboard the Phoenix 44, Captain Hyde Parker, Clark was commissioned lieutenant on 22 December 1776 and immediately placed in command of the galley Dependence 7 at New York. This vessel enjoyed many engagements...

William Clarke

William Clarke 1755-1801. Clarke was commissioned lieutenant on 28 May 1778 and posted captain on 7 July 1782. Having joined the Eagle 64 in 1783 he commanded her at the Battle of Cuddalore on 20 June where she suffered casualties of four men killed and eight wounded....

John Crispo

John Crispo 1773-1841. As a nine-year old midshipman Crispo escaped the sinking of the Royal George 100 on 29 August 1782 by swimming to a nearby vessel, and at the resultant court martial into the loss of the ship he was lifted on to a table by a member of the court...

Charles Craven

Charles Craven Craven was commissioned lieutenant on 31 December 1778, and in 1782 he commanded the cutter Flying Fish in that rank, bringing the first news of the Dutch fleet’s exit from the Texel during the Channel Fleet campaign of April-August. Unfortunately the...

George William Cayley

George William Cayley 1742-1801. He was one of seven sons of Sir George Cayley 4th Baronet, and was baptised at York on 5 May 1742. Cayley was commissioned lieutenant on 26 July 1762, but had to wait until 14 February 1781 before earning his next promotion to that of...

Alexander Christie

Alexander Christie Died 1822. He was born in Scotland, the son of Archibald Christie of Stenton, East Lothian and his wife, Anne Gordon, the daughter of the collector of customs at Aberdeen. Christie was commissioned lieutenant on 17 October 1775 and he was given...

James Cranstoun 8th Baron Cranstoun

James Cranstoun 8th Baron Cranstoun 1755-96. He was baptised at Crailing, Roxburghshire on 26 June 1755, the third son of James, 6th Lord Cranstoun, and of his wife Sophia Brown. His family owned two plantations and many slaves on the island of St. Kitts. Cranstoun’s...

Henry Cromwell ( Later Frankland)

Henry Cromwell Frankland 1741-1814. Born in February 1741, he was the illegitimate son of Sir Charles Henry Frankland, 4th Baronet, and was descended from Oliver Cromwell. His early life was spent in Boston, Massachusetts with his father, who was the collector of...

Charles Holmes Everitt Calmady

Charles Holmes Everitt Calmady 1754-1807. He was the youngest son of Captain Michael Everitt and his wife, Elizabeth Gayton. An elder brother was Captain Michael John Everitt, and he was the nephew of both Admiral Clark Gayton and Vice-Admiral George Gayton. Known as...

Nicholas Charrington

Nicholas Charrington 1744-1803. Born on 20 October 1744, he was the third son of Rev. Nicholas Charrington, originally of Horley, Surrey, who served as the4 vicar of Aldenham in Hertfordshire for fifty years, and of his wife Elizabeth. Charrington was commissioned...

Smith Child

Smith Child 1730-1813. He was born at Boyles Hall, Audley, near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire the son of Smith Child of Miles Green, Audley, and of his wife, Mary Badderley. Enjoying the patronage of the politician Earl Gower and Vice-Admiral Lord George Anson, Child...

Hon. John Whitmore Chetwynd

Hon. John Whitmore Chetwynd 1754-88. He was born on 10 February 1754 at Heywood Park, Little Heywood, Staffordshire, the third son of William Chetwynd, 4th Viscount Chetwynd of Bearhaven, and of his wife Susannah Cope, the daughter of a baronet. Chetwynd was...

Philip Carteret

Philip Carteret 1733-1796. He was born Phillipe de Carteret at Trinity Manor, Jersey, on 22 January 1733, the son of Charles de Carteret, the Seigneur of Trinity, and of his wife, Françoise Marie St. Paul. Carteret joined the navy in 1747 aboard the Salisbury 50,...