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Sir John Knight


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth2.1747 - Dundee ref:676
First Known Service1758CSORN
Father
John KnightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1727-1766
ref:676
MotherJean Hayref:676
WifeMrs. Love Pickman Oliver, nee Frye - Married 1.10.1799ref:676
WifeMargaret Ryoch (d.1798)ref:676
Son
Samuel KnightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1805
ref:676
Son
Hood KnightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1799
ref:676
Son
George William Henry KnightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1815
ref:676
Last Known Service4.12.1810CSORN
Date of Death16.6.1831 - Woodend House, Soberton, Hampshire ref:676

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
17581762
Tartar (28) 1756-1797
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Midshipman
ref:676
5.6.175812.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo 
1763 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/6/42, ADM 6/87/221RNLPC
1763 
Romney (50) 1762-1804
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Midshipman
ref:676
25.5.1770 Lieutenant ADM 6/20/375CSORN
27.5.177015.7.1775
Diligent (8) 1770-1775
British 8 Gun
Unrated Survey Vessel
, Lieutenant and Commanding Officer
TRN3
177731.7.1778
Haerlem (12) 1777-1779
British 12 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Lieutenant and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1714
11.2.1781 Commander ADM 6/22/437ADM 6/22
11.2.178121.9.1781
Jane (16) 1781-1782
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/437
Issued by
Lord George Brydges Rodney (1st Baron Rodney)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados
Confirmed 29.3.1782
ADM 6/22
21.9.1781 Captain ADM 6/22/487CSORN
21.9.17815.2.1782
Shrewsbury (74) 1758-1783
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/487
Issued by , North America
Confirmed 1.7.1782
BWAS-1714
25.1.178226.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts 
5.2.178215.7.1783
Barfleur (98) 1768-1819
British 98 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/98
Issued by
Sir Samuel Hood (1st Viscount Hood of Whitley)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1790
, North America
Confirmed 18.7.1783
ODNB
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 
19.4.1782 Battle of the Mona Passage 
5.4.178623.10.1787
Triumph (74) 1764-1850
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/325
BWAS-1714
3.10.178713.5.1790
Barfleur (98) 1768-1819
British 98 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/422
ODNB
13.5.17904.12.1795
Victory (100) 1765-2019
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/29
W009
16.1.17917.6.1792
Victory (100) 1765-2019
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/102
ADM 6/24
7.6.179229.12.1792
Duke (98) 1777-1843
British 98 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/166
BWAS-1714
29.12.1792 
Victory (100) 1765-2019
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/188
ADM 6/24
13.7.1795 Battle of Hyeres 
4.17961799
Montagu (74) 1779-1818
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1714
11.10.1797 Battle of Camperdown 
1.1.1801 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
10.180311.1804
Guerriere (74) 1798-1810
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1793
23.4.1804 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
18051806
Queen (90) 1769-1811
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
9.11.1805 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
28.4.1808 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
31.7.1810 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
4.12.1810 Admiral of the BlueCSORN
2.1.1815 Appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the BathTKE1


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Thursday 24th of April 2014 16:19

Adm. Sir John Knight, K.C.B.
June 16. At bis seat, Woodend, Hampshire, after a very short illness, aged 83, Sir John Knight, K.C.B. Admiral of I be Red.
This officer was the son of Rear-Admiral John Knight, who died in 180.., witb whom he embarked at an early period of life, and served in the Tartar frigate on the expeditious against Cancalle, Cherbourg, &c.; and was with the squadron under Lord Anson, which escorted her Majesty Queen Charlotte to England, in September, 1761. During the long calm that preceded the war with the colonies we find him assisting in the maritime survey of the coast of North America.
In 1775, Mr. Knight was second Lieutenant of the Falcon, Capl. John Linzce, which was one of the vessels that covered the attack on Bunker's Hill. Some time after, Lieut. Knight bad the misfortune to fall into the hands of the enemy, when attempting to bring off an American vessel that had been driven on shore. After a residence of several months,on parole, at Northampton and South Hadley, in the province of Massachusetts, an exchange of prisoners took place, about Dec. 1776, and our officer returned to the duties of his profession. In Feb. 1777, he was appointed by Lord Howe to the command of the Haerlem, of 12 guns, and bis judicious and spirited conduct in entering an enemy's port, and taking from thence several small vessels, was so much approved, that that nobleman directed his personal share of the prize-money to be distributed among the immediate captors.
in July, 1778, the Haerlem fell in with the French fleet under Count d'Estaiug, and narrowly escaped capture, having received several shot from a 50-gun ship, then in chase of a British frigate. Lieut. Knight immediately gave intelligence of bis falling in with the enemy, to the Commander-in-Chief, and was thereupon removed into the Eagle, of 64 guns, bearing the flag of Lord Howe, with whom be returned to England in the ensuing October.
Towards the conclusion of the American war, Mr. Knight bad the good fortune to be appointed First Lieutenant of the Barfleur, of 98 guns, the flag-ship of Rear-Atlin. Sir S. Hood, on the Leeward Island station; and to that excellent officer he owed his advancement to the rank of Post-Captain, Sept. 21, 1781, when he was appointed to the Shrewsbury, 74. He remained with Sir Samuel Hood, and was present at all his brilliant achievements in 1781 and 1789; and in such estimation were his abilities held, that, in the hour of battle wilt M. de Grasse's superior fleet at St. Kitt's, the Rear-Admiral removed him {torn the Shrewsbury, to command his own flagship the Barfleur. On the evening of the memorable 12th April, 1782, Capt. Knight received and presented to bis Admiral the sword of Count de Grasse, and those of all the surviving officers of the Ville de Paris. A few days after the action, Sir Samuel Hood was detached ill pursuit of the beaten enemy ; and on the l9th came up with, and captured, two ships of 64 guns each, together with a frigate and a sloop.
For six months preceding the peace of 1783, Prince William Henry, the present sovereign of this country, performed the duty of a midshipman in the Barfleur, a portion of each day being allotted, by the Admiral's desire, for a particular part of naval education and study under Capt. Knight, from whose tuition his Royal Highness derived acknowledged advantage. When the account of a cessation of hostilities bad reached Jamaica, in March 1783, Lord Hood permitted the Prince to visit Cape Francois, and the Havanuah ; after which his Lordship returned to England with the squadron under his command, and arrived at Spithead on the 26th June. It being a period of profound peace, Capt. Knight remained without any appointment until the year 1790; when, on the appearance of a rupture with Spain, Lord Hood again hoisted his flag, and Capt. Knight was again appointed his Lordship's Captain, in the Victory of 100 guns, which he continued to command until the final adjustment of the dispute with Spain, and that which subsequently took place between Great Britain and Russia in 1791.

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