Philip Somerville

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service4.9.1782CSORN
Last Known Service6.1815CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
4.9.1782 LieutenantCSORN
9.4.1796 CommanderCSORN
10.17971801Eugenie (16), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
4.8.180116.8.1801Commanded the 1st Division at the Attacks on Boulogne 
29.4.1802 CaptainCSORN
5.18021808Nemesis (28), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
3.18091814Rota (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
28.7.180912.1809Walcheren Expedition 
26.9.1814 Action of 1814-09-26 
5.18156.1815Albion (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Myra Taylor on Sunday 12th of January 2020 03:57

Hi , I am related to Capt Philip Somerville (c1761 - 1817 through his son, George Field Somerville lineage and am trying to locate Philip Somerville’s parents. It has been suggested that his father might have been a William Sommervill who was a mate on HMS Duke and that he married a Mary Henry. This William was listed as Will Somerwell in the ship’s muster. There are inconsistencies between this William and Captain Philip Somerville’s naval récord a dates nd status that bring into question if William Sommerwill and Philip Somerville are indeed father and son. Does anyone else have any thoughts or evidence on this matter?
look forward to hearing from anyone who has.



Posted by Jacek Jadacki on Thursday 1st of November 2018 20:46

I am a professor at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw. I prepared for printing an anthology of philosophical works of the son-in-low of Francis Somerville, Krystyn Lach-Szyrma. I would like to put some of his portraits in this anthology and (on what I really care about) a photograph of his tombstone in Stoke. If somone of you have in possession such portraits and photographs of the tombstone - I would be very grateful if you would send me a copy (scan) of them.
Yours sincerely - Jacek Jadacki (

Posted by Jen Milne on Tuesday 24th of October 2017 22:42

As a direct descendent of Philip Somerville (3rd Gt Grand Daughter) I am very pleased to have located this information. Thank you for making it available.

Posted by Francis Lach-Szyrma on Saturday 7th of October 2017 20:42

Many thanks Brian for posting this obituary. I am descended from his daughter Sarah Frances Field Somerville. I have just found Past captain Philip Somerville's will on Find My Past - Devon Wills Index. Nine pages, too long to post here.
Hi to my cousin Jen Milne. Philip's my gt, gt, gt gf also. Are you related through the Somerville, Lach-Szyrma or other line?

Posted by Jen Milne on Wednesday 6th of April 2016 02:27

The Somerville family in NSW Australia are very pleased to read this and other information regarding my Gt, Gt, Gt, Grandfather Phillip Somerville. Any further information or link would be very much appreciated. Thankyou.

Posted by Brian on Thursday 15th of May 2014 17:54

The Gentleman's magazine. v.121 1817.
At St. Aubyn-street, Plymouth Dock, after a long and painful illness, which he contracted in the West Indies, aged 54, Capt. P. Somerville, of the Royal Navy, leaving a wife and six children. He commenced his naval career at an early age, as cadet, under Earl St. Vincent, in the Foudroyant; and successfully served with him and Lord Radstock as Midshipman. He attained the rank of lieutenant Sept. 4, 1782, and served with Lord Howe as his first Lieutenant in the Queen Charlotte; and on his Lordship striking his flag, had the honour of receiving his promotion as a commander, April 9, 1786 and was appointed to command the Eugenie. He commanded a division of boats under Lord Nelson at the attack of Boulogne, where he was wounded. His division was the only one that succeeded in getting on board the enemy. April 20, 1802 he attained the rank of Post Captain, and was appointed ti the Nemesis; he was removed from her to the Rota in 1809 and continued in the command of that ship until she was paid off, having completed 40 years of active service.

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