William Peacock

William Peacock c1750- 82. He was of Irish descent.Peacock was commissioned lieutenant on 12 June 1776, and in 1777 was serving on the Leeward Islands station aboard the Beaver 14, Commander James Jones, being present at her capture of the American privateer Oliver...

John Perkins

John Perkins c1745-1812. His early life is largely a mystery, but it is estimated that he was born before 1750 at Kingston, Jamaica to a mother who was in slavery, was illegitimate and of mixed race. He would become unique in being a ‘black’ officer in the Georgian...

Sir George Parker

Sir George Parker 1767-1847. The son of George Parker of Wexford and of his wife, Katherine Gore, he was the nephew of Admiral Sir Peter Parker, cousin of Vice-Admiral Christopher Parker, and a descendant of the Rev. Dr Matthew Parker, an Archbishop of Canterbury who...

Nathaniel Portlock

Nathaniel Portlock c1748-1817. It is thought that he was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and that his brother was pressed into the Navy at the same time as him and later served in the Russian Navy where he commanded the Benefactor 130 and rose to the rank of commodore.It...

Edward Pakenham

Edward Pakenham Died 1798. He was the son of Edward Pakenham and Elizabeth Weller, and the brother of Vice-Admiral John Pakenham. His grandfather was Rear-Admiral John Weller.Pakenham was promoted lieutenant with seniority from 17 July 1777, and in 1778 commissioned...

Peter Puget

Peter Puget 1765-1822. Of French Huguenot ancestry, he was baptised on 16 November 1765 in London, one of two sons and three daughters of John and Esther Puget. His father, a banker and merchant, died two years after his birth, and his mother appears to have...

John Pilford

John Pilford 1769-1834. He was baptised on 20 January 1769, the second son of Charles Pilford, a farmer and landowner of Horsham, Sussex, and of his wife Bathia White. His elder brother, Charles, joined the Navy, but lacking patronage sought employment in the East...

Thomas Peyton

Thomas Peyton 1757-1801. He was the fifth and youngest son of Admiral Joseph Peyton and of his wife Katherine Strut. His brothers were Rear-Admiral Joseph Peyton and Rear-Admiral John Peyton, and he was the uncle of Commodore Sir John Strutt Peyton. Thomas Peyton was...

Hon. Thomas Pitt 2nd Lord Camelford

Hon. Thomas Pitt, 2nd Lord Camelford 1775-1804. He was born at Boconnoc, Cornwall on 19 February 1775, the only son of Thomas Pitt, the nephew of the Earl of Chatham, who became a politician and the 1st Lord Camelford, and of his wife Anne Wilkinson. He was a distant...

Lord Henry Paulet

Lord Henry Paulet 1767-1832. He was born on 31 March 1767, the second son of the courtier and former M.P George Paulet, 12th Marquis of Winchester, and of his wife, Martha Ingoldsby.Paulet joined the service during the latter stages of the American Revolutionary War...

Philippe Pipon

Philippe Pipon 1771-1829. He was born on 14 June 1771 on Jersey in the Channel Islands, the son of Thomas Pipon the attorney-general for the island, and of his wife, Jeanne Pipon, from St. Aubin.After an education in Reading Pipon first went to sea in 1787 aboard the...

Arthur Phillip

Arthur Phillip 1738-1814. He was born on 11 October 1738 at All Hallows, Bread Street, in London, the son of an immigrant from Frankfurt, Jacob Phillip, who by various accounts was a language teacher, a merchant vessel owner, a merchant captain, or a common seaman....

Hon. James Charles Pitt

Hon. James Charles Pitt 1761-80. He was born on 24 April 1761, the third son and youngest child of William Pitt, the 1st Earl of Chatham, and his wife, Hester Grenville. His elder brothers were General Hon. John Pitt, the 2nd Earl of Chatham, and William Pitt, the...

Sir Henry Prescott

Sir Henry Prescott 1783-1874. He was born at Kew on 4 May 1783, the younger son of Admiral Isaac Prescott and of Jane Walter. His parents separated in November 1782 and were divorced in 1785 as a consequence of his father’s cruel, barbaric and inhumane treatment of...

John Willett Payne

John Willett Payne 1752-1803. He was born at St. Kitts in the Leeward Islands on 23 April 1752, the youngest of three sons of Ralph Payne, the lieutenant-governor of that island by his second wife, Margaret Gallwey, also of that island. An elder step-brother became...

Hugh Pigot (1)

Hugh Pigot (1) 1722-1792. Born on 28 May 1722, he was the third son of Richard Pigot of Westminster, and his wife, Frances Goode. He was the younger brother of Lord George Pigot, twice the governor and commander-in-chief of Madras, and of Major-General Sir Robert...

Thomas Parr

Thomas Parr Died 1800. Parr entered the navy at a young age, and after much service sailed for India in November 1773 aboard the Salisbury 50, Captain George Walters, flying the broad pennant of Commodore Edward Hughes. He was commissioned lieutenant of the Seahorse...

Thomas Piercy

Thomas Piercy c1731-93 Piercy was commissioned lieutenant on 14 February 1757 and promoted commander on 18 April 1778. Commanding the hired ship Countess of Scarborough 20, he was present when the Medea 28, Captain James Montagu, captured the Dunkirk-based cutter...

George Palmer

George Palmer 1755-1834. Palmer was commissioned lieutenant on 23 April 1778 and promoted commander on 1 December 1780. Following the unsuccessful Battle of Chesapeake Bay on 5 September 1781 his command, the fireship Vulcan, was marooned in the York River, and so he...

James Pigott

James Pigott Died 1822. Pigott was commissioned lieutenant on 28 March 1771, and after being promoted commander on 25 August 1773 he joined the sloop Swallow and served in the East Indies for the next three years. He was posted captain on 22 February 1776 in order to...

Sir Thomas Pasley

Sir Thomas Pasley 1734-1808. He was born on 2 March 1734, the fifth son of James Pasley of Craig, Dumfriesshire, and of his wife, Magdalen Elliott. He was the uncle of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Malcolm, Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm, and Admiral Sir Thomas Briggs....

John Child Purvis

John Child Purvis 1747-1825. He was born at Stepney on 13 March 1747, the second son of George Purvis, the secretary to the Sick and Wounded Board, and of his wife Mary Oadham. He was the grandson of Captain George Purvis, the M.P. for Aldeburgh and comptroller of the...

Hon. Sir Thomas Pakenham

Hon. Sir Thomas Pakenham 1757-1836. He was born on 29 September 1757, the fourth and youngest son of Thomas, the first Lord Longford, and of his wife, Elizabeth Cuffe. He was the younger brother of Captain Lord Longford who commanded the America 74 at the Battle of...

John Pakenham

John Pakenham 1743-1807. He was the son of Edward Pakenham and Elizabeth Weller, and the brother of Captain Edward Pakenham. Pakenham was commissioned lieutenant on 17 June 1769 and promoted commander on 1 April 1779. He commanded the Porcupine 20 in Captain Hon. John...

Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker 1761-1804. He was baptised on 27 October 1761 at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, and was the only surviving son of Admiral Sir Peter Parker and his wife, Margaret Nugent. He became the father of Captain Sir Peter Parker. Aged fourteen, the...

Sir Richard Pearson

Sir Richard Pearson 1731-1806. He was born in March 1731 at Lanton Hall, near Appleby in Westmorland, the son of Richard and Hannah Pearson. In 1745 Pearson joined the Dover 50, Captain Hon. Washington Shirley, moving afterwards to the Seaford 20, commanded by his...

Taylor Penny

Taylor Penny Died 1786. He originated from Weymouth.Penny was commissioned lieutenant on 6 August 1745, and one of his early commands was the Firebrand 20 which he had joined in the autumn of 1755 prior to him being promoted commander on 31 December.He was posted...

Joseph Peyton (2)

Joseph Peyton (2) 1750-1816. He was born on 27 July 1750, the eldest son of Admiral Joseph Peyton and of his wife Katherine Strutt. He was the brother of Rear-Admiral John Peyton and Captain Thomas Peyton, and the uncle of Commodore Sir John Strutt Peyton. He was...

John Alexander Panton

John Alexander Panton Died 1781. Panton was commissioned lieutenant on 1 November 1772, and whilst serving in the East Indies was promoted commander of the sloop Swallow at Bombay on 22 February 1776. At the beginning of the following year he was serving in the Red...

Sir Charles Morice Pole

Sir Charles Morice Pole 1757-1830. Born on 18 January 1757, he was the second son of Reginald Pole of Stoke Damerel in Devon, and of his wife, Anne Buller. His elder brother, Reginald Pole-Carew, was a member of parliament for all but a few years during the period...