Francis Temple

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth28.7.1770 - Mamhead, Devon ref:1387
Baptism2.6.1771 - Mamhead, Devon ref:1387
First Known Service8.10.1793CSORN
FatherRev William Johnston Temple (1739-1796)ref:1387
MotherAnn Stow (1741-1793)E-WIKI
WifeSusan Warren - Married 1815ref:1387
BrotherOctavius (1784-1834)ref:1387
BrotherWilliam Johnston (1769-1787)ref:1387
SisterAnne [Powlett] (1772-1827)ref:1387
BrotherRobert George (1774-?)ref:1387
BrotherJohn James (1776-1800)ref:1387
BrotherFrederick (1779-?)ref:1387
SisterLaura (1780-?)ref:1387
Last Known Service21.1.1854CSORN
Date of Death19.1.1863ref:1387

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
8.10.1793 LieutenantCSORN
4.7.1803 CommanderCSORN
4.7.18036.1804Tartarus (10), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
6.180416.12.1804Hound (14), Commander and Commanding OfficerNBD1849
16.12.180412.3.1805Theseus (74), Acting Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
12.3.1805 CaptainCSORN
12.3.180521.9.1805Theseus (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
8.18122.1813Armide (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
10.1.1837 Superannuated Rear-AdmiralNBD1849
17.8.1840 Rear-Admiral of the BlueNBD1849
21.12.1847 Vice-Admiral of the BlueNBD1849

Notes on Officer


This officer received his first commission in 1793, and was promoted to the rank of Commander for his gallant conduct in attacking and capturing the French national brig Venteux, of 10 guns and 82 men, an event already noticed in our memoir of Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland, from whose official letter to Sir John Colpoys we make the following extract:

“When it is considered that the Venteux, perfectly prepared, manned with 82 men, all of whom were upon deck, and covered with very heavy batteries, was opposed to the crews of two of our boats (as the third, from rowing heavy, did not get up till the brig was completely gained possession of) I feel confident you will view it in the light that I do, as one of those brilliant exploits which add lustre to the British arms; of which, though so many instances occurred during the late war, no one has before been happy enough to have thrown in his way during the present. The success of Mr. Temple’s daring attempt speaks sufficiently for his conduct, and that of every one under his command, to render it superfluous for me to enter into any eulogiurn on the present occasion.”

Captain Temple’s advancement to the rank of Commander took place July 4, 1803; and in Jan. following the Committee for managing the Patriotic Fund at Lloyd’s voted him a sword, value 50l., as a token of the sense entertained by that society of his distinguished merit in combat with an enemy of such superior force. His post commission bears date Mar. 12, 1805. Towards the close of the war we find him commanding the Armide frigate on channel service. He married, in 1815, Susan, youngest daughter of the late George Warren, of Penpool, Cornwall, Esq.


Francis Temple was educated at the Royal Naval College, and embarked, in 1786, as Midshipman, on board the Thisbe 28, Capts. Isaac Coffin and Sam. Hood. In that ship, in the Salisbury 50, bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Milbanke, and in the Charon 44, Capt. Edm. Dodd, he was employed on the coasts of North America and Africa until made Lieutenant, 8 Oct. 1793, into the Recourse, Capts. Thos. Hamilton and Jas. Ross, on the West India station, whence he invalided in 1794. During the remainder of the war he served at Spithead, at Halifax, and in the Channel and Mediterranean, in the Prince 98, Capt. Parry, Bonetta sloop, Capts. Jas. Wemyss and John Tremayne Rodd, Resolution 74, flag-ship of Rear-Admiral Murray, Juste 80, Capts. Wm. Hancock Kelly and Thos. Pakenham, Princess Royal 98, bearing the flag of Sir John Orde, and Nymphe 36, Capts. Percy Fraser and Jas. Douglas. He joined next, 1 Nov. 1802, the Loire 38, Capt. Fred. Lewis Maitland; and on the night of 27 June, 1803, he boarded and carried, with two of the boats belonging to that frigate, Le Venteux, a French national brig mounting 4 long 18-pounders and 6 36-pounder brass carronades, with a complement of 82 men. This, one of those brilliant exploits which, in the words of Capt. Maitland, add lustre to the British arms, was achieved after a desperate conflict of 10 minutes, fought under the batteries of Ile de Bas, in the course whereof the enemy sustained a loss of 3 men killed and 13 wounded, and the British of 6 wounded. As a reward for his valorous conduct Mr. Temple was promoted, 4 July following, to the command of the Tartarus bomb, off Boulogne, and was presented by the Patriotic Society with a sword valued at 50l, He removed, we believe, in June, 1804, to the Hound bomb; served, from 16 Dec. in the same year until 21 Sept. 1805, as Acting-Captain and Captain (commission dated 12 March, 1805) in the Theseus 74, in the West Indies; and held command, from Aug. 1812 until Feb. 1813, of the Armide 38, in the Channel. He was placed on the Retired List of Rear-Admirals 10 Jan. 1837; was transferred to the Active List 17 Aug. 1840; and advanced to his present rank 21 Dec. 1847.

Vice-Admiral Temple married, in 1815, Susan, youngest daughter of the late Geo. Warren, Esq., of Penpool, co. Cornwall, and has issue.



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