George Wilson

George Wilson 1756-1826. He was born at Redgrave, Suffolk, on 4 March 1756 to a family that originated from Westmoreland, the third son of Hon. Thomas Wilson who served as chief judge of Dominica, and of his wife, Lucinda Holt. His maternal uncle, Rowland Holt,...

Thomas West

Thomas West West was commissioned lieutenant on 11 April 1769 and promoted commander on 30 May 1777, being appointed to the sloop Zephyr 14. On 23 August 1778 this vessel was captured by the French corvette Gracieuse 26 and carried into Toulon. After being exchanged...

Thomas Wells

Thomas Wells 1759-1811. Heralding from a family of long-established Thames shipbuilders, he was the eldest of three sons of William Wells, a director of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich, and of his wife, Susanna Neave. Having joined the navy in 1774, Wells was...

Martin Waghorn

Martin Waghorn Died 1787. After being promoted lieutenant of the prize ship Manila by Vice-Admiral Sir Samuel Cornish following the capture of Manila on 16 December 1762, Waghorn served in the Liverpool 32, Captain Edward Clark, returning to England in August 1763. He...

Charles Wood

Charles Wood 1731-82. He was born on 13 February 1731, the fourth and youngest son of a lord-lieutenant of Yorkshire, Francis Wood and of his wife, Mary Dorothy Palmer. Wood was commissioned lieutenant on 15 October 1756 but had to wait another twenty-three years for...

Charles Wolseley

Charles Wolseley 1741-1808. He was born on 25 October 1741, the second son of William Wolseley, 5th Baronet, and of his first wife, Anne Fieldhouse. The family emanated from Staffordshire. His elder brother, Charles, succeeded to the baronetcy, whilst the third and...

James Williams

James Williams Died 1792. Having been promoted from the lower deck, Williams was commissioned lieutenant on 22 April 1769. He was serving aboard Rear-Admiral Hon. Robert Digby’s flagship Prince George 98, Captain Philip Patton, at the Moonlight Battle on 16 January...

George Wilkinson

George Wilkinson Died 1782. He came from a Cumbrian family. Wilkinson was commissioned lieutenant on 9 January 1760, and he was to remain in this rank for a long twenty years. He was promoted commander with effect from 27 May 1780, and he commanded the Spanish prize...

Samuel Hood Walker

Samuel Hood Walker Died 1780. He was the second son of Alderman Edward Walker, a mayor of Exeter, and his second wife, Elizabeth Hood, the daughter of the Reverend Samuel Hood, vicar of Butleigh in Somerset. He was thus the nephew of Admiral Viscount Hood and Admiral...

Thomas Wilkinson

Thomas Wilkinson Died 1777. He was the father of Admiral Philip Wilkinson-Stephens. Wilkinson was commissioned lieutenant on 22 August 1759. He was promoted commander on 4 September 1766 of the Hound 10, although she was paid off that month, and in early 1768...

Sir James Hawkins-Whitshed

Sir James-Hawkins-Whitshed 1762-1849. He was born in County Louth, Ireland, the third son of Rev. Dr. James Hawkins, the Protestant Bishop of Raphoe in County Donegal, and of his wife, Catherine Keene. In 1773 Hawkins was entered onto the books of the sloop Ranger,...

Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson 1737-80. He was the great nephew of Admiral of the Fleet William Rowley, nephew of Admiral Sir Joshua Rowley, the brother-in law of Richard Rundle Burges, and the father of Captain Joshua Rowley Watson. Watson was commissioned lieutenant on 6 September...

Samuel Wallis

Samuel Wallis 1728- 95. He was born on 23 April 1728 in Fentonwoon, Lanteglos-by-Camelford, near Camelford, Cornwall, the son of a local landowner. Having seen service in the Austrian War of Succession as a midshipman, Wallis was commissioned lieutenant on 19 October...

King William IV

King William IV 1765-1837. He was born at Buckingham House on 21 August 1765, the third son of King George III and Queen Charlotte. As Prince William, he first went to sea on 14 June 1779 with the rating of able seaman aboard Rear-Admiral Hon. Robert Digby’s flagship...

Sir Jacob Wheate

Sir Jacob Wheate c1745-1783. He was the second son of Sir George Wheate, the 3rd Baronet of Glympton, Oxfordshire, and of his wife, Avice Ackworth, the daughter of the Surveyor of the Navy from 1715-49, Sir Jacob Acworth. The family settled in Holborn, London, and...

John Williamson

John Williamson @1746- 1798. He was apparently of Irish extraction. Williamson joined the navy in 1759 aboard the Dorsetshire 70, Captain Peter Denis, which ship fought at the Battle of Quiberon Bay on 20 November. In 1760 he transferred with this officer to the newly...

Hon. Robert Boyle Walsingham

Hon. Robert Boyle Walsingham 1736-1780. Born in March 1736, he was the fifth son of the eminent Irish politician Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon, and of his wife Lady Henrietta Boyle, the youngest daughter of Charles, 2nd Earl of Burlington in the English peerage and...

George Robinson Walters

George Robinson Walters Died 1789. He was the son of Major William Walters and of his wife Rebecca Palliser, the elder sister of Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser. Walters was commissioned lieutenant on 27 December 1762. He was posted captain on 2 September 1773, joining the...

James Watt

James Watt Died 1782. He was commissioned lieutenant on 24 June 1762 and saw duty aboard the Pearl 32, Captain Charles Saxton, being her senior lieutenant when she was paid off in 1766 after service on the Newfoundland station. During the winter of 1776-7 Watt was a...

William Peere Williams – Freeman

William Peere Williams-Freeman 1742-1832. He was born on 6 January 1742 in the Episcopal Palace at Peterborough, the son of Rev Dr Frederick Williams, prebendary of Peterborough, and the grandson of William Peere Williams, a law-reporter of repute and a politician....

John Wheelock

John Wheelock 1720-1779. He was born in 1720, the son of Bryan Wheelock, the deputy secretary to the Board of Trade and Plantations. Wheelock was commissioned lieutenant on 26 June 1741 and from 1746 served on the fireship Duke, Commander Robert Coleman, although he...

Hon. Thomas Windsor

Hon. Thomas Windsor 1752-1832. He was born on 19 May 1752, the second son of Other Lewis Windsor, the 4th Earl of Plymouth, and of his wife, Hon. Catherine Archer. Windsor saw early service in North American waters, but although promoted lieutenant of the Salisbury 50...

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson Died 1785. He was of Yorkshire descent, being the third son of Andrew Wilkinson, the MP for Aldborough in the Duke of Newcastle’s interest from 1735-65 and 1768-72, and of his wife, Barbara Jessop, the sister of Lord D’Arcy of Navan. Commissioned...

Sir James Wallace

Sir James Wallace 1731-1803. He was born in Loddon, Norfolk, the younger son of Thomas Wallace and his wife Mary Beamish. In 1746 Wallace was enrolled at the Royal Naval Academy at Portsmouth, and after serving in the Syren 24, Vigilant 64, and Intrepid 64 he passed...

William Williams

William Williams Died 1778. He was the father of Admiral Sir Thomas Williams. He was commissioned lieutenant on 10 February 1757 and promoted commander on 2 March 1759, joining the fireship Salamander 8 a vessel that was re-rated a sloop of sixteen guns in August...