John Samuel Smith

John Samuel Smith Died 1796. His father sailed in Commodore George Anson’s circumnavigation of the globe during the early 1740’s. In 1772 Smith was serving in the West Indies as a midshipman, and by 1777 was employed on that station as a sailing master. He was...

Henry Savage

Henry Savage c1737-1823. Savage was commissioned lieutenant on 20 July 1758 and served aboard the Achilles 60, Captain Hon. John Luttrell during 1766-7. By 1777 he was the first lieutenant of the Ardent 64, Captain Lord Mulgrave, serving in home waters during the...

William Stevens

William Stevens Died 1782. Stevens was commissioned lieutenant on 11 May 1757 and promoted commander of the sloop Nymph 14 in the East Indies on 25 January 1780. He was posted captain on 2 January 1782, and served as flag-captain to Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hughes...

Robert Manners Sutton

Robert Manners Sutton 1754-94. He was the third son of the politician Lord George Manners Sutton, and of his wife, Diana Chaplin. One younger brother, Charles Manners Sutton, was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1805-1828, and another younger brother, Thomas Manners...

John Stanhope

John Stanhope 1744-1800. He was born in September 1744, the eldest son of Ferdinand Stanhope, who was a descendent of the 1st Earl of Chesterfield, and of his wife, Mary Phillips. Stanhope was commissioned lieutenant on 15 October 1762. He was further promoted...

Edward Tyrrell Smith

Edward Tyrrell Smith c1752-1824. He was the son of Tennison Smith from a family long settled in Annesbrook, County Meath, Ireland. Smith was commissioned lieutenant on 27 May 1778, and by 1781 was commanding the American-prize Pacahunter 14 in the Leeward Islands. In...

Sir Walter Stirling

Sir Walter Stirling 1718-86. He was born on 18 May 1718, the only son of Walter Stirling of Sherva in Stirlingshire, and of his wife Janet Ruthven. He was the father of Vice-Admiral Charles Stirling, and the grandfather of Admiral Sir James Stirling. Stirling received...

Sir Charles Saxton

Sir Charles Saxton 1732-1808. He was the youngest son of Edward Saxton, a London merchant, and of his wife, Elizabeth Bush. Saxton entered the service in January 1745 aboard the Gloucester 50 as captain’s servant to Charles Saunders, with whom he remained for three...

George Hopewell Stephens

George Hopewell Stephens Died 1819. He was commissioned lieutenant on 7 April 1778, and was the first lieutenant of the Janus 44, Captain Bonovier Glover, which formed part of Captain Hon. William Cornwallis’ squadron that fought a superior French force in the...

Lord Hugh Seymour (Conway)

Lord Hugh Seymour (Conway) 1759-1801. He was born in London on 29 April 1759, the fifth son of the politician, Francis Seymour Conway, first Marquess of Hertford, and of his wife Isabella Fitzroy, the youngest daughter of the 2nd Duke of Grafton. He was the father of...

Hon Henry St. John

Hon. Henry St. John 1740-1780. Born on 1 June 1740, he was the fifth son of John St. John, the 11th Lord Bletso, and of his wife Elizabeth Crowley. Having joined the navy at an early age, St. John was commissioned lieutenant on 15 September 1760. He commanded the...

John Stanton

John Stanton 1730-96. Stanton was promoted lieutenant on 14 February 1756 and posted captain of the Triton 20 on 4 March 1758, although this vessel was burned to prevent her capture by the French off Madras on 28 April. He briefly commanded the huge ex-French...

Andrew Sutherland

Andrew Sutherland Died 1795. Sutherland was commissioned lieutenant on 28 December 1770 and promoted commander of the Vulture 14 in May 1779, participating in Commodore Sir George Collier’s expedition up the Hudson River to drive the Americans out of Stony Point later...

William Swiney

William Swiney 1747-1829. He was born at Pontefract, Yorkshire, the second son of George Swiney and of his wife, Lucy Howes. Having entered the navy aboard the Hero 74, Captain George Edgcumbe, Swiney saw almost immediate action when present at the Battle of Quiberon...

Thomas Davy Spry

Thomas Davy Spry 1754-1828. He was the elder of two sons of Thomas Davy and his wife Mary Spry, the sister of Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Spry. Davy was commissioned lieutenant on 16 May 1769, promoted commander on 29 July 1772, and appointed to the sloop Diligence 12...

Herbert Sawyer (1)

Herbert Sawyer 1731-98. He was the second son of John Sawyer, the M.P. for Downton, by his wife, Anne Duncombe, the sister of Lord Feversham. In 1747 Sawyer entered the navy, spending three years in the West Indies aboard the Gloucester 50, Commodore George Townshend....

Richard Smith

Richard Smith 1735-1811. He was apparently the son of George Smith of Curzon Street, St. George, Hanover Square, a gardener at the palace, and of his wife Mary Jackson, a wet nurse to the future King George III who later became his laundress. Smith was commissioned...

Hon. Sir Henry Edwyn Stanhope

Hon. Sir Henry Edwyn Stanhope 1754-1814. He was born on 21 May 1754, the only son of Hon. Edward Francis Stanhope and his wife Catherine Brydges, the daughter of the Marquess of Caernarfon. He was a distant cousin of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Francis Austen,...

Hon. Keith Stewart

Hon. Keith Stewart 1739-95. He was the second surviving son of the Jacobite-supporting Alexander Stewart, the 6th Earl of Galloway, and of his wife, Lady Catherine Cochrane, the daughter of the 4th Earl of Dundonald. His brother John became Viscount Garlies, and his...

John Stott

John Stott Died 1778. He was of Cornish extraction. Stott’s early service was as a boatswain to the famous Admiral Hon. Edward Boscawen. Having been master of the Grafton 70, Captain Alexander Hood, he was commissioned lieutenant on 17 February 1757 and appointed the...

Robert Simonton

Robert Simonton Died @1797. Enjoying the patronage of Captain Hon. Samuel Barrington, Simonton saw early service aboard the Achilles 60 with that officer, from which ship he was commissioned lieutenant on 27 June 1759 and appointed to the Duke 90, Captain Samuel...

Evelyn Sutton

Evelyn Sutton Died 1817. He was the natural son of Lord Robert Manners-Sutton, the second son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland, who died unmarried in 1762. Sutton was commissioned lieutenant on 17 November 1765, promoted commander on 26 May 1768, and after commissioning the...

Matthew Squire

Matthew Squire @1745- 1800. Squire was commissioned lieutenant on 20 September 1765, seeing service off North America in the Mermaid 28, Captain James Smith. He was promoted commander of the Bonetta 10 on 21 January 1771 whilst still serving in North America, and this...

John Symons

John Symons @1733-99. He was commissioned lieutenant on 24 April 1755 and promoted commander of the bomb Mortar 8 on 15 January 1761, cruising in the Bay of Biscay and then going out to the Mediterranean in December 1762 with news of the ending of hostilities. She was...

John Schanck

John Schanck @1740-1823. He was born at Castlerig, Fifeshire, the son of Alexander Schanck and his wife Mary Burnet, daughter of the minister of Moniemusk, Aberdeenshire. His early time at sea was with the merchant marine before he entered the navy in 1758 aboard the...

Thomas Symonds

Thomas Symonds 1731-1792. He was born on 10 August 1731, the second son of Rev John Symonds of Horringer, Suffolk and his wife Mary, daughter of Sir Thomas Spring of that county. His elder brother John was an eminent academic. Family folklore had it that Thomas...

Lord James Saumarez

James Saumarez 1st Baron de Saumarez 1757-1836. He was born to an eminent family at St. Peter Port in Guernsey on 11 March 1757, the third son of Doctor Matthew Saumarez and his wife Carteret le Marchant. He was the brother of the physician Richard Saumarez...

Alexander Scott

Alexander Scott @1739- 1811. He was apparently born in Leith near Edinburgh, the son of a merchant captain who was summarily executed for his part in the 1745 rebellion, the family eventually settling in Rotherhithe London. His brother Robert, who also entered the...

Lord Molyneux Shuldham

Lord Molyneux Shuildham @1717-98. He was born at Ballymulvy, County Longford, the second son of the Reverend Lemuel Shuldham and his wife, Elizabeth Molyneux. He entered the Navy in 1732 aboard the Cornwall 80, Captain George Forbes, the future Earl of Granard,...