Marriot Arbuthnot

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1711 - Weymouth ODNB
Baptism6.3.1711/12 - Wyke Regis, Weymouth ref:844
First Known Service25.3.1731ODNB
A.K.A.Marriot ArbuthnottODNB
FatherRobert Arbuthnotref:676
MotherSarah Buryref:676
WifeMartha Taver - Married 25.7.1745 - Fleet, Dorset ODNB
SonJohn Arbuthnot (d.1810)ref:844
SonCharles Arbuthnotref:844
Last Known Service1.2.1793ODNB
Date of Death31.1.1794 - 13 Leicester Square, London TRN3
Burial19.2.1794 - Wyke Regis, Dorset ref:719

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
25.3.173124.4.1733Prince Frederick (70), Volunteer ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
25.4.17335.11.1733Princess Amelia (80), Midshipman ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
6.11.173329.12.1734Princess Louisa (40), Midshipman ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
30.12.173428.8.1735Winchelsea (20), Midshipman ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
1.3.1736/3727.7.1737Lichfield (50), Midshipman ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
28.7.173721.8.1737Lichfield (50), Able Seaman ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
22.8.17378.9.1737Argyll (50), Able Seaman ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
9.9.173729.7.1738Argyll (50), Midshipman ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
30.7.173827.11.1738Argyll (50), Acting Lieutenant ADM 6/15/344ADM107/3
20.12.173829.5.1739Argyll (50), Midshipman ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
30.5.173918.8.1739Portland (50), Master's Mate ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3
18.8.1739 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/344RNLPC
21.8.1739 Lieutenant ADM 6/15/212ADM 6/15
25.6.1746 Commander ADM 6/17/120BWAS-1714
25.6.174622.6.1747Jamaica (10), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/120BWAS-1793
22.6.1747 Captain ADM 6/17/239TRN3
22.6.174712.10.1749Triton (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/239BWAS-1714
12.10.17497.12.1752Nightingale (22), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/499BWAS-1714
5.6.175420.12.1757Garland (24), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/103BWAS-1714
15.11.17585.10.1761Portland (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/4BWAS-1714
18.8.175919.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay 
20.11.1759 Battle of Quiberon Bay 
5.10.176111.11.1761Modeste (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/354ADM 6/19
11.11.176120.9.1763Orford (68), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/362BWAS-1714
6.6.176213.8.1762Operations against Havana 
20.10.177028.9.1773Terrible (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/303BWAS-1714
15.8.17755.1776Appointed Resident Commissioner at Halifax ADM 6/21/115ODNB
26.4.17766.1778Appointed Governor of Nova ScotiaODNB
23.1.1778 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/21/356TRN3
22.2.17794.1781Appointed Commander-in-Chief — North America ADM 6/21/513ADM 6/21
19.3.1779 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/21/524ADM 6/21
1.17805.1780Operations against Charleston 
4.17801781Roebuck (44), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
26.9.1780 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/22/175TRN3
17816.1781Royal Oak (74), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
16.3.1781 Battle of Cape Henry 
14.4.1781 Action of 1781-04-14 
6.1781 Sailed for England and half-pay retirement.ODNB
24.9.1787 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/23/416TRN3
1.2.1793 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/24/200TRN3


ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ref:844Descendants of Robert Arbuthnot Family History
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book Family History
ADM107/3ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive

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Posted by Brian on Sunday 24th of January 2016 03:12

The Gentleman's Magazine, 1794, (Deaths) Jan. 31 - At his house in Great-Suffolk street, Charing-cross, in his 83rd year, Marriot Arbuthnot, esq. Admiral of the Blue. His last surviving son, who died a few years ago, married Elizabeth, the daughter of the Rev. Joseph Rumney, Vicar of Berwick upon Tweed. An amiable and beautiful young lady, to whom it is said, the Admiral has left his fortune.

Posted by Brian Stephens on Monday 7th of April 2014 20:00

Edinburgh Advertiser May 2, 1780
Extract of a letter from an officer in Admiral Arbuthnot's fleet, dated Charles-Town Bar, the 9th March.
We are in sight of the rebel flee, which is at anchor off Sullivan's Island. We expect to go in tomorrow with his Majesty's ships Renown, Romulus, Raleigh, Roebuck, Blonde, Perseus, Camilla, and the Germain armed ships. The rebel ships in sight are the Boston, Providence, Queen of France, Ranger, and Notre Dame with the Bricole of 20 twenty-four pounders, the Chamier frigate of 32 guns, and another ship of 20 guns. The last three are French. We are just now going over the bar. Our army will have a battery of 40 pieces of cannon against Charles-Town tomorrow.

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