Isaac Cotgrave

Isaac Cotgrave 1747- 1814. He was born in Cheshire, the son of Jonathon Cotgrave, and of his wife, Mary Low. Cotgrave was commissioned lieutenant on 15 May 1780, and in 1791 he recommissioned the cutter Ranger 14 in that rank, largely operating out of Plymouth. This...

George Countess

George Countess 1743- 1811. He was of Irish extraction. Countess was commissioned lieutenant on 8 August 1774 and was one of a dozen officers promoted commander at the conclusion of the Dutch Armament on 1 December 1787, being appointed to the Atalanta 14 for purposes...

William Edward Cracraft

William Edward Cracraft c1767-1810. He was described in contemporary newspapers as a ‘near relation’ of the 5th Earl of Berkeley, which possibly indicated that he was the peer’s natural son. By 1780 Cracraft was studying at the Royal Naval Academy, he was commissioned...

Richard Creyke

Richard Creyke 1746 – 1826. He was born on 8 August 1746 in Burleigh-on-the-Hill, Rutland, the second son of John Creyke and Catherine Austen. Creyke was one of the picked members of crew who in 1764 joined the Dolphin 20, Captain Hon. John Byron, which in...

James Carpenter

James Carpenter 1760-1845. His origins and family remain obscure, other than that he had at least two brothers, Charles, and Samuel, a barrister. On 11 April 1776 Carpenter entered the navy aboard the Plymouth-based guard-ship Foudroyant 80, Captain John Jervis, which...

John Cooke (2)

John Cooke (2) 1750-1834. He was born in Kirkby Bedon, near Norwich, the son of Robert Cooke and his wife, Hannah, and was baptised on 19 March 1750. Cooke appears to have first gone to sea at an advanced age of twenty when joining the Raisonnable 64, Captain Maurice...

Sir Charles Cunningham

Sir Charles Cunningham 1755-1834. Born at Eye in Suffolk, he was the son of Charles Cunningham. Having been tempted to sea by the tale of Robinson Crusoe, Cunningham entered the Navy from the merchant service as a midshipman and found a berth aboard the crack frigate...

Edward Cooke

Edward Cooke 1772-99. Born on 14 April 1772, he was a son of Colonel George John Cooke of Harefield Park, Middlesex, and of his wife Penelope Bowyer, the sister of Admiral Sir George Bowyer. One of his brothers was Major-General Sir George Cooke, who lost an arm at...

George William Augustus Courtenay

George William Augustus Courtenay 1763-93. Born in Bath, he was a younger son of a dozen children of William Courtenay of Ireland, and of his wife, Lady Jane Stuart. Through his mother he was a nephew of the 2nd Earl of Bute, and was the first cousin to the 3rd Earl...

Hon. Charles Carpenter

Hon. Charles Carpenter 1757-1803. He was born on 3 January 1757, the second son of George Carpenter, the 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, and of his wife, Frances Clifton. Carpenter was commissioned lieutenant on 10 May 1776 and was present at the Battle of Porto Praya on 16...

Francis Cole

Francis Cole 1760-98. Born on 10 March 1760, he was the third son of Humphrey Cole of Marizon in Cornwall, and of his wife Phillis Maugham, and was one of five brothers who served in the Navy or Army, either in combat or ecclesiastical roles. He was the elder brother...

Edward Sneyd Clay

Edward Sneyd Clay 1768-1846. He was a younger of four sons of William Clay, a Nottinghamshire attorney, and of his wife Jemima Pelham. An elder brother was Major-General William Waldegrave Pelham Clay, with one other brother entering the army and the other the...

John Cooke

John Cooke c1762 -1805. Baptised on 5 March 1762 at St. Mary s, Whitechapel, he was the son of Francis Cooke, cashier to the navy, and of his wife Margaret. Cooke entered the navy in 1773 aboard the cutter Greyhound, Lieutenant John Bazely, seeing service in the...

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...