Sir Thomas Pye

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1713HPO
First Known Service11.4.1728TIMES
FatherHenry Pye (1683-1749)ODNB
MotherAnne BathurstODNB
MistressMrs. Anna Maria Bennett (d.1808) - Married 16.3.1764ODNB
DaughterMary ODNB
SonThomas Pye BennettEWIKI
DaughterHarriet [Esten] (c.1761–1865)EWIKI
BrotherHenry, MP (1709-66)HPO
Last Known Service1783TIMES
Date of Death26.12.1785 - London HPO

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
12.6.1734 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/252RNLPC
18.4.1735 Lieutenant ADM 6/14/208CSORN
18.4.173530.8.1739Preston (50), Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/15/208ADM 6/14
13.4.1741 Captain ADM 6/15/408CSORN
13.4.174116.6.1744Seaford (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/408BWAS-1714
19.8.174411.12.1747Norfolk (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/327
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 4.3.1747/48
6.4.174821.4.1748Greenwich (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 3/17/341ADM 6/17
21.4.174823.3.1748/49Norwich (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 3/17/347BWAS-1714
7.4.174928.12.1750Humber (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/453BWAS-1714
6.4.17511.2.1752Gosport (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/545BWAS-1714
4.2.175222.5.1756Advice (50), Commodore and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/24BWAS-1714
28.3.17521756Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Barbados & the Leeward Islands ADM 6/18/29ADM 6/18
5.7.1758 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/529ADM 6/18
19.3.1759 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/19/66ADM 6/19
21.10.1762 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/19/445CSORN
6.17632.1766Appointed Commander-in-Chief — PlymouthEWIKI
17.2.17661767Lark (32), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
17.2.17661769Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Barbados & the Leeward Islands ADM 6/20/107ADM 6/20
8.17678.1769Chatham (50), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
18.10.1770 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/20/302CSORN
177118.5.1774Appointed Commander-in-Chief — PortsmouthEWIKI
9.3.17719.10.1774Elected a Member of Parliament for RochesterHPO
1772 Royal Oak (74), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
24.6.1773 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/20/500CSORN
24.6.1773 Appointed Knight BachelorTKE2
10.5.17771783Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Portsmouth ADM 6/21/285ADM 6/21
1778 Princess Amelia (80), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
29.1.1778 Admiral of the White ADM 6/21/359CSORN
26.9.17803.1783Appointed Lieutenant-general of MarinesEWIKI

Notes on Officer


The Times, December 28th, 1785:

" ......Monday died, at his house in Suffolk-street, Cavendish-Square, in the 74th year of his age, Sir Thomas Pye, Admiral of the White, and Lieutenant-General of the Marines.

He was a person of strictest probity of principle, the nicest sense of honour, and the most benevolent spirit, this or any age has produced. He was, perhaps, the best judge of maritime duty of his time, having served his King and Country in the Royal Navy sixty years, without exciting the enmity of any one person who was not also an enemy to virtue and sensibility...."


HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
TIMESThe Times (Newspaper) Document
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
TKE2The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IIWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive

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