Paul Henry Ourry

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth3.10.1719 - St Helier, Jersey HPO
First Known Service13.11.1742CSORN
FatherLouis Ourry (d.1771)HPO
MotherAnne Louise Beauvais (d.1732)HPO
WifeCharity Treby (1727-1805) - Married 26.8.1749 - Wembury, Devon HPO
BrotherGeorge Ourry (1732-1800)ref:676
BrotherIsaac Florimond Ourry (1721-1773)ref:676
Last Known Service1.7.1773CSORN
Date of Death31.1.1783CSORN
Will Probated16.4.1783, PROB 11/1102/287

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
13.11.1742 Lieutenant ADM 6/17/12CSORN
27.4.1756 Commander ADM 6/18/259CSORN
27.4.175611.6.1756Proserpine (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/259BWAS-1714
3.2.1757 Captain ADM 6/18/352CSORN
3.2.175711.12.1759Success (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/352BWAS-1714
8.175710.1757Louisbourg Expedition 
5.6.175812.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo 
11.12.175929.8.1763Actaeon (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/118BWAS-1714
29.3.176111.6.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle 
7.1.176210.2.1762Operations against Martinique 
6.10.176324.10.1766Hero (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/543BWAS-1714
24.5.177020.10.1770Firm (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/279BWAS-1714
20.10.17707.11.1771Fame (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/303BWAS-1714
7.11.17711.7.1773Dublin (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/410BWAS-1714
10.10.17747.2.1775Elected a Member of Parliament for Plympton ErleHPO
177531.1.1783Appointed Resident Commissioner at Plymouth DockyardHPO
1.1.177931.12.1779Included in the list of captains receiving half-pay.ADM104


HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM104ADM 104 Officers entitled to Half Pay Document

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Posted by Cy on Sunday 15th of September 2019 09:24

Actually Postboy is in Winfield, in the Miscellaneous Hired Vessels section, as a snow or cutter, hired 5.1746 and captured by the French 21.10.1746.
As such she is also on Three Decks. Lt. Ourry is not listed as a commander as I have no comission or other 'official' documentation to confirm the appointment. Probably have to look at the muster books of the Salisbury (50) of which he was 1st Lt. from 23.1.1745/46 to 12.1748.

Posted by Albert Parker on Sunday 15th of September 2019 01:32

Lt. Ourry commanded a mysterious vessel involved in the Lorient Expedition,Sept.-Oct. 1746, named _Post Boy_. This must have been a hired or purchased cutter; she is not in Winfield or the list in Lyon (_Sailing Navy List_) of "unregistered" hired or purchased vessels. The name had been used for navy vessels in the 17th century, but there's no record of it thereafter. _Post Boy_ was used for inshore work and message carrying. It is interesting that she was sent to Guernsey to try to find pilots familiar with the French Biscay coast (esp. Lorient and Quiberon Bay where Adm. Richard Lestock's squadron was operating without charts) since Lt. Ourry was a Channel Islander. He might have thought that he had, or Lestock might have hoped that he had, local connections that would convince islanders familiar with the French coast to assist the squadron.
[Source: P. Diverrès, “L’Attaque de Lorient par les anglais (1746), _Mémoires de la Société d’histoire et d’archéologie de Bretagne_, 12: (1931), 76, for mission to Guernsey; M.E.S. Laws, "The Royal Artillery in the Expedition Against l'Orient, 1746," _Journal of the Royal Artillery, 78:4 (Oct. 1951), 266–80, for mentions of other missions by _Post Boy_.]

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