Sir Robert Moorsom

Sir Robert Moorsom 1760-1835. He was born on 8 June 1760, the second son of a ship-owner, Richard Moorsom, of Airy-Hill, near Whitby, Yorkshire, and of his wife, Mary Ward. Having been classically educated at Scorton near Richmond in Yorkshire, Moorsom entered the...

Paul Minchin

Paul Minchin 1757- 1810. Baptised on 31 January 1757, he was the third son and ninth born of eleven children of Humphrey Minchin and his wife, Clarinda Cuppaidge of Tipperary, Ireland. Minchin was commissioned lieutenant on 20 October 1779 and posted captain on 18...

George Paris Monke

George Paris Monke Died 1828. He was the only son of a captain in the Horse Guards. Monke joined the navy in June 1775 aboard the Worcester 64, Captain Mark Robinson, going out to Cape Finisterre and Gibraltar in the following year. In March 1777 he was accepted...

Robert M’Douall

Robert M’Douall 1729-1816. Having been commissioned lieutenant on 7 September 1759 M’Douall had to wait another twenty-one years before he was eventually promoted commander on 23 March 1780. In November he joined the sloop Shark 16 at Spithead where he remained...

Robert Murray

Robert Murray c1763-1834. He was the illegitimate son of Admiral Hon. Robert Digby. Murray went to sea at a very early age and fought at the Battle of Ushant on 27 July 1778 aboard the Ramillies 74 under the command of his father. Remaining with Digby on his...

Sylverius Moriarty

Sylverius Moriarty 1735-1809. He was born at Ballyferriter near Tralee, County Kerry, the son of Redmond Moriarty of Ballyneanig. Having enjoyed a humble and rural education Moriarty entered the navy and was commissioned lieutenant at the grand old age of 41 on 6 July...

Hon. Dunbar MacLellan

Hon. Dunbar MacLellan Died 1782. He was the third son of William MacLellan, who was known as Lord Kirkcudbright, and of his wife, Margaret Murray. MacLellan was commissioned lieutenant of the Lizard 28, Captain Thomas Mackenzie, in the St Lawrence on 11 May 1776....

Robert Montagu

Robert Montagu 1763-1830. He was the eldest of five children of the Earl of Sandwich, the high profile first lord of the Admiralty in 1763 and again from 1771-83, and of his mistress, a milliner’s assistant by the name of Marta Ray, who was shot dead by a rejected...

John M’Laurin

John M’Laurin Died 1792. M’Laurin entered the navy after serving in the merchant marine. In 1762 he was employed on the Lisbon station as the master of the Hornet 10, Commander George Johnstone, and having been made prize-master of a captured French vessel he...

Hon. George Murray

Hon. George Murray 1741-97. He was born on 22 August 1741, the fourth and youngest son of Lord George Murray, who was a general serving Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 1745 rebellion, and of his wife, Amelia Murray. His father escaped abroad in 1746 and never returned to...

John Macartney

John Macartney 1725-81. Macartney was commissioned lieutenant on 20 January 1756. On 22 September 1759 he was promoted commander and appointed to succeed Commander John Jervis aboard the Porcupine 16 at the newly conquered Quebec. He continued there under the orders...

Robert Man

Robert Man c1748-1813. He was the son of Captain Robert Man, who was fatally wounded when commanding the Milford 28 in an action with the French privateer Gloire 16 on 7 March 1762. He was also the nephew of Admiral Robert Man, commander-in-chief in the Leeward...

Thomas Mackenzie

Thomas Mackenzie 1753-1813. He was the son of Vice-Admiral George Mackenzie, who flew his broad pennant as a commodore and commander-in-chief at Jamaica in the early 1770’s, and who commanded in the Downs in 1777. He died in 1780. Mackenzie entered the service aboard...

Sir Andrew Mitchell

Sir Andrew Mitchell 1757-1806. He was born in 1 October 1757, the second son of Charles Mitchell of Baldridge, near Dunfermline, who died when he was just two years old, and of his wife, Margaret Forbes. After being educated at the High School, Edinburgh, Mitchell...

Benjamin Marlow

Benjamin Marlow 1715- 1795. Marlow was commissioned lieutenant on 25 July 1743. As a lieutenant he temporarily commanded the Dolphin 24 for Captain Carr Scrope in Vice-Admiral Hon. John Byng’s controversial Battle of Minorca on 20 May 1756, and he was posted captain...

John MacBride

John MacBride c1735-1800. He was Scottish born, the son of Robert MacBride, a Presbyterian minister who moved shortly afterwards to Ballymoney, Country Antrim, and of his wife, a Miss Boyd. His uncle, David MacBride, was an esteemed author on medical matters. After...

Mark Milbanke

Mark Milbanke 1724-1805. Baptised on 12 April 1724, he was the third of six sons of Sir Ralph Milbanke, 4th baronet of Halnaby in Yorkshire, and of his second wife, Ann Delaval. In February 1737 Milbanke entered the Royal Naval Academy at Portsmouth, and leaving three...

John Moutray

John Moutray 1723-1785. He originated from Roscobie in Fifeshire, being the younger son of James Moutray, the 5th Laird of Roscobie, and of his wife, Emelia Malcolm of Innerteel. Having been commissioned lieutenant of the Orford 70, Captain Perry Mayne, in the West...

Sir Samuel Marshall

Sir Samuel Marshall 1741-95. He was baptised on 7 March 1741 at Aleverstoke, Hampshire, the son of Captain Sir Samuel Marshall and of his wife Edith Pratt. Marshall joined the service in 1753 as a captain’s servant to his father aboard the Portsmouth guardship Tyger...

Lord Robert Manners

Lord Robert Manners 1758-82. He was born on 6 February 1758, the second son of Lieutenant-General John Manners, the Marquis of Granby, and grandson of John, 3rd Duke of Rutland. His mother was Lady Frances Seymour. Manners was educated at Eton from 1763-71 before...

Sir George Montagu

Sir George Montagu 1750-1829. He was born on 12 December 1750, the second son of Admiral John Montagu, and the brother of Captain James Montagu and of Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Montagu of the Indian Army, 1755-99, who was killed in action at the Siege of Seringapatam....

John Montagu

John Montagu 1719-95. He was the fourth born son of ten children to James Montagu of Lackham, Wiltshire, by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Eyles of Southbroom, Bishop’s Canning, Wiltshire. His father was a cousin of the Earl of Sandwich, and Montagu was the...

Hon. Frederick Lewis Maitland

Hon. Frederick Lewis Maitland 1730-1786. He was born on 19 January 1730 in Edinburgh, the sixth son of Charles Maitland the 1st Earl of Lauderdale, and of his wife, Lady Elizabeth Ogilvie. His younger brother was Colonel Hon. John Maitland, who died shortly after...

Charles Middleton Lord Barham

Charles Middleton 1st Lord Barham 1726-1813. He was born on 14 October 1726 at Leith, the second son of Robert Middleton, a customs collector in Linlithgowshire, and of Helen, daughter of Captain Charles Dundas and a cousin of the future Lord Melville. He became the...

James Montagu

James Montagu 1752-94. He was born on 12 August 1752, the third son of Admiral John Montagu and his wife, Sophia Wroughton. He was the brother of Admiral Sir George Montagu, and of Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Montagu 1755-99, who was killed in the Army at Seringapatam....

Christopher Mason

Christopher Mason 1734-1802. He was the son of Christopher Mason of Greenwich and his wife Anne Buckle He was commissioned lieutenant on 21 November 1762, joining the Somerset 70, Captain John Clark, at the end of the year and after this vessel returned home was...

Anthony James Pye Molloy

Anthony James Pye Molloy @1754-1814. He was of Irish extraction and the nephew by marriage of Admiral Sir Thomas Pye. Of his early service little is known, but Molloy was commissioned lieutenant on 3 August 1768 and first came to attention when as second lieutenant of...

John Morris

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