Admiral Sir Walter Stirling (1718–1786)

c.1780 by James Northcote (1746-1831)

Sir Walter Stirling

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth18.5.1718WWNH
First Known Service18.2.1744/45WWNH
A.K.A.SterlingADM 6/18
Father Walter Stirling (1686–1732ODNB
MotherJanet RuthvenODNB
Wife Dorothy Willing (d.1782) of PhiladelphiaODNB
SonWalter, 1st Bt. (1758–1832)EWIKI
DaughterAnne Dorothearef:676
SonCharles Stirling (1760-1833)EWIKI
Last Known Service1785WWNH
Date of Death24.11.1786CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
18.2.1744/45 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationODNB
18.2.1744/45 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationRNLPC
18.2.1745/46 Lieutenant ADM 6/17/65CSORN
18.2.1745/4619.5.1747Ludlow Castle (44), Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/17/65ADM 6/17
20.6.174816.2.1748/49Captain (70), Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/17/438
Issued by Henry Osborne (1694-1771)
Commission confirmed 7.2.1748/49
ADM 6/17
9.12.1756 Commander ADM 6/18/455CSORN
9.12.175625.10.1757Speaker (10), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/455
Issued by Robert Frankland (d.1757)
Commission confirmed 22.11.1757
ADM 6/18
25.10.175710.1.1759Saltash (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/448ADM 6/18
29.12.1758 Capture of Goree 
10.1.1759 Captain ADM 6/19/21CSORN
10.1.175916.6.1761Lynn (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/21ADM 6/19
4.6.17618.6.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle 
16.6.176111.4.1763Lowestoffe (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/323BWAS-1714
17622.1763Shannon (28), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
4.4.176310.1766Rainbow (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/478BWAS-1714
21.2.176921.11.1770Dunkirk (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/228BWAS-1714
17.11.17707.8.1771Seaford (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/400
Issued by George Mackenzie (d.1780), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 4.9.1771
7.8.177110.1772Portland (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/393BWAS-1714
1.7.1779 Included in the list of captains receiving half-pay.ADM104
13.10.17807.2.1781Gibraltar (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/182BWAS-1714
1781 Appointed Knight BachelorADM 6/19
17811782Duke (90), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
12.12.1781 2nd Battle of Ushant 
12.12.1781 Action of 1781-12-12 
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 
17831785Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The NoreWWNH


WWNHWho's who in naval historyAlastair Wilson, Joseph F. CalloBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM104ADM 104 Officers entitled to Half Pay Document

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