William Scott

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service27.4.1755CSORN
Last Known Service17.7.1783CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
14.4.17591.10.1760Service as a merchant seamanADM 107/5
10.7.1761 Lieutenant ADM 6/20/83CSORN
13.7.1761 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 6/87/98RNLPC
21.8.1781 Commander ADM 6/22/482ADM 6/22
21.8.178125.9.1781Beaumont (16), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/482
Issued by Thomas Graves (1st Baron of Gravesend in the County of Londonderry) (1725-1802), North America
Commission confirmed 19.6.1782
ADM 6/22
25.9.1781 Captain ADM 6/22/482CSORN
25.9.178117.7.1783Bedford (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/482
Issued by Thomas Graves (1st Baron of Gravesend in the County of Londonderry) (1725-1802), North America
Commission confirmed 19.6.1782
ADM 6/22
25.1.178226.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts 
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM 107/5ADM 107/5 1757-1762 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive

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Posted by Cy on Friday 24th of May 2019 07:30

There is a book being published this Autumn "ROYAL NAVY OFFICERS OF THE SEVEN YEARS WAR" by Helion & Co. which has details of his RN service not shown on this site, but has, unfortunately, no family or personal details, I couldn't find them.

Posted by Rosie Drysdale on Friday 24th of May 2019 05:52

Hi. We believe that this William Scott was our ancestor as we know that he served in the RN with dates that fit this fellow. Could you please direct me to any source which would give me any personal information about this William at all? Our William was born 1729-31, place unknown, but we know that he lived at Portsea, Hampshire from 1763 onwards with his death at his daughter's in Looe, Cornwall in 1808. Three of his sons were sponsored by the Duke of York in to the RN, one of which froze to death in the incident at Sandy Hook in 1783, and the other drowning at sea on the 'Courageous' in 1796. Our William remained friends with the Duke all of his life and also he was great friends of Sholto Charles Douglas of Scottish Royalty. He was that outraged about the choice of wife his son had made that he deliberately set out to conceal every piece of evidence about his heritage and his past...even to his wife, that we just cannot find any true trace of this man. Unfortunately, there is not one living Scott male to use in dna identification. We have been searching for William's story for 7 years now, and apart from knowing that he had a naval/military background, we know very little about this man except that he was probably from a substantial lineage and was well connected. Thank you so much for your time, and with my best wishes. Rosie Drysdale Melbourne, Australia

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