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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
Isaac Florimond OurryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1746
George OurryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1793
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 LieutenantCSORN
27.4.1756 CommanderCSORN
Proserpine (8) 1756-1756
British 8 Gun
Unrated Fireship
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/259
3.2.1757 CaptainCSORN
Success (20) 1740-1779
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/352
8.175710.1757Louisbourg Expedition 
5.6.175812.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo 
Actaeon (28) 1757-1766
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/118
29.3.176111.6.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle 
7.1.176210.2.1762Operations against Martinique 
Hero (74) 1759-1810
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1800 Renamed "Rochester"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/543
Firm (74) 1759-1791
British 74 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/279
Fame (74) 1759-1814
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1801 Renamed "Guildford"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/303
Dublin (74) 1757-1784
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/410
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.ADM 104

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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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