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Sir Thomas Mansell

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth9.2.1777 - Guernsey ref:976
First Known Service17.4.1799CSORN
WifeCatherine Lukis - Married 1806ref:1059
Last Known Service9.10.1849CSORN
Date of Death22.4.1858ref:976

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
17.4.1799 LieutenantCSORN
17.9.1808 CommanderCSORN
Rose (16) 1805-1817
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer
Pelican (16) 1812-1850
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer
7.6.1814 CaptainCSORN
1837 Appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Orderref:1059
9.10.1849 Superannuated Rear-Admiralref:1059

Notes on Officer


MANSELL, Sir THOMAS (1777–1858), rear-admiral, son of Thomas Mansell of Guernsey, was born 9 Feb. 1777. He entered the navy in January 1793, on board the Crescent frigate with Captain James Saumarez, whom he followed to the Orion, in which he was present in Lord Bridport's action off Lorient, at the battle of Cape St. Vincent, and at the battle of the Nile; after which he was promoted by Nelson to be acting-lieutenant of the Aquilon, a promotion which was confirmed by the admiralty to 17 April 1799. He subsequently served in the Channel and on the French coast, and at the reduction of the Cape of Good Hope, whence he was sent home by Sir Home Popham in command of an armed transport. He was flag-lieutenant to Sir James Saumarez in the Diomede, Hibernia, and Victory, and on 17 Sept. 1808 was promoted to the command of the Rose sloop, in which he took part in the capture of Anholt in the Baltic, 18 May 1809, and was at different times engaged with the Danish gunboats. In 1812 he was presented by the emperor of Russia with a diamond ring, in acknowledgment of his having piloted a Russian squadron through the Belt; and by the king of Sweden with the order of the Sword, 'in testimony of the esteem in which he held his services. In 1813 Mansell commanded the Pelican on the north coast of Spain, and on 7 June 1814 was advanced to post rank. It is stated that while in command of the Rose and Pelican he captured at least 170 of the enemy's vessels, some of them privateers of force. In 1837 he was nominated a K.C.H. and knighted. On 9 Oct. 1849 he became a rear-admiral on the retired list, and died in the early summer of 1868. In 1806 he married Catherine, daughter of John Lukis, a merchant of Guernsey, and by her had issue four daughters and four sons. These latter all entered the navy or marines. The second, Arthur Lukis, for some years commanded the Firefly, surveying ship, in the Mediterranean, and died, a retired vice-admiral, in 1890.

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Posted by Luke Hughes on Saturday 21st of August 2021 10:56

We have an oil portrait of Sir Thomas Mansell, and another of his wife, in the possession of the family. If anyone would like images of either, please get in touch.

Posted by Jacob Paint on Wednesday 28th of April 2021 07:12

It appears that there is a typo in "Notes on Officer" section. It starts by saying he lived from 1777-1858 then towards the end says he died in 1868. The info at the top of the page also says 1868. 81 or 91 are both good ages for him to have lived to.

Posted by Jacob Paint on Wednesday 28th of April 2021 07:07

I believe this Mansell would be my direct ancestor but I'm not sure where the Mansell line in Guernsey connected with the Paint family tree. Mansell is a common given name in each generation of the Paint family with my Grand uncle Mansell Paint as well as my father, brother and nephew all having it as their middle name. I was aware of an Admiral Mansell in my ancestry, according to research by family in Guernsey (I'm Australian) but due to distance I am not close with my Guernsian relatives (my Grandfather moved here when he was a young man) and don't have access to their research. Are their other Mansell lines in guernsey's naval history?

Posted by jeff Cuffe on Friday 10th of April 2020 16:37

Hi Just to let you know that my GGGG Grandfather William Cuffe served under this Captain on HMS Rose 1807-1812. He was a Captain of the main tops. I am writing up the History of the ship and its actions and my ancestor. I have the complete logs of the ship 1805-1812. I also have a huge history of Captain Manell and his family and the other Captains of this vessel. I have had a world renowned gold medal model maker make me a model of the ship in 1998 and also a world renowned illustrator produce a painting of Roses famous action against the Danish navy at the Scaw in 1810.

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