Robert Tilliard


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service21.4.1743CSORN
Last Known Service2.6.1749CSORN
Date of Death23.1.1753CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
28.8.1743 Lieutenant ADM 6/17/292ADM 6/17
1744 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 6/86/111RNLPC
21.4.17448.7.1744Faversham (44), Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/16/518
Commission confirmed 25.7.1745
ADM 6/16
12.9.174722.1.1747/48Bedford (70), Third Lieutenant ADM 6/17/292
Issued by The Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)
Commission confirmed 7.12.1747
ADM 6/17
31.3.174826.7.1748Vanguard (68), Third Lieutenant ADM 6/17/339ADM 6/17
26.7.17482.6.1749Vanguard (68), Second Lieutenant ADM 6/17/370ADM 6/17


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Posted by Albert Parker on Wednesday 23rd of September 2020 04:18

On April 27, 1747, in a dispatch to Vice-Adm. Henry Medley, British c-in-c in the Mediterranean, Rear-Adm. Hon. John Byng mentioned "Lieutenant Tilliad of the Bedford, who was appointed some time ago by Mr. [Adm. Thomas] Mathews, in an armed vessel, to cruise upon the coast of Provence, and who is well acquainted with the coast."* This must have been one of the several small craft that Mathews bought or converted from prizes for inshore work; it might never have been named or registered as a warship with the Admiralty. Mathews was recalled in the middle of 1744. It looks like the recall and cashiering of Mathews left Tilliard without a patron. He apparently did not impress Mathews' successors in the Mediterranean fleet, Joshua Rowley, Medley, and Byng, at least not sufficiently for them to promote him to a vacancy in an unrated ship that needed a commanding officer (which would have made him a commander and in line for promotion to post captain when command of a rated ship became vacant). Since he died only three years after the war ended and only ten years after his lieutenant's commission, he either died young or was old for a lieutenant, having spent a long time as a midshipman or having been recruited into the navy as an adult during the officer shortage during the great expansion of the navy between 1739 and 1743 after the declaration of war on Spain.
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* Great Britain, Historical Manuscripts Commission, _Report on the Manuscripts of Lady du Cane,_ Cd. 2367 (London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1905), p. 175/211.

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