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George Stoney


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1740ADM 107/5
First Known Service1754CSORN
Last Known Service9.1786CSORN
Date of Death1786CSORN
Will Probated5.9.1786, PROB 11/1146/18

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
17541757Service as a merchant seamanADM 107/5
5.11.1760 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/5/305RNLPC
13.4.1761 LieutenantCSORN
14.7.176825.7.1771
Wells (6) 1764-1780
British 6 Gun
Unrated Cutter
, Lieutenant and Commanding Officer ADM 106/1168/66
BWAS-1714
19.11.1778 CommanderCSORN
19.11.177830.5.1780
Furnace (8) 1778-1783
British 8 Gun
Unrated Fireship
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/476
BWAS-1714
30.5.178027.2.1781
Duguay Trouin (18) 1780-1783
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/138
BWAS-1714
27.2.1781 CaptainCSORN
27.2.178120.5.1781
Hinchingbrooke (28) 1778-1783
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/391
Issued by
Sir Peter Parker (1st Baronet of Bassingbourn)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1799
, Jamaica
Confirmed 27.12.1781
BWAS-1714
20.5.17811.2.1782
Lowestoffe (28) 1761-1801
British 28 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/504
Issued by
Sir Peter Parker (1st Baronet of Bassingbourn)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1799
, Jamaica
Confirmed 15.8.1782
BWAS-1714
1.2.17821.4.1784
Fox (32) 1780-1816
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/252
Issued by
Sir Peter Parker (1st Baronet of Bassingbourn)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1799
, Jamaica
Confirmed 23.11.1784
BWAS-1714
1.4.178413.5.1786
Flora (36) 1780-1808
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/303
Issued by
James GambierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1800
, North America
Confirmed 10.11.1785
BWAS-1714


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Posted by Ffiwsia on Tuesday 28th of September 2021 17:26

The painting of Admiral Hughes at Tredegar House is now correctly identified. Hughers appears to have been a friend of Sir Charles Gould (later Morgan) who inherited Tredegar House via his wife. Their daughter Jane married Hughes's stepson Captain Ball, although the marriage did not work out and they separated within a few months.


Posted by Ffiwsia on Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 15:13

Stoney's wil (made in Port Royal immediately before his last voyage) states that he is 'commanding His Majesty's Ship Flora'. The will is available from the National Archives.


Posted by Pieter van der Merwe on Sunday 11th of March 2018 11:45

Newspapers inc. the 'Public Advertiser' of 4 Sept 1786 cite a ship-news letter from Portsmouth of 30 August including the arrival there of 'Flora' from the West Indies and that 'she was commanded by Captain Stoney, who died of a putrid fever on his passage: He was an Officer of exact discipline and order, and is a great loss to the service.' The National Trust, at Tredegar House, south Wales, holds a head-and-shoulders portrait by Violante Beatrice Siries still (March 2018) misidentified as Stoney, apparently for provenance reasons, though it was pointed out in 1978 that it is in fact of Captain (later Admirald Sir) Edward Hughes: it is a version of Siries' full-length of Hughes in the National Maritime Museum. Both are dated 1761 and show Hughes in the 1748-67 uniform, which Stoney (a captain of 1781) never wore.


Posted by Paul Martinovich on Friday 5th of June 2015 15:15

George Stoney apparently died while commanding HMS Flora; Schomberg indicates this and the death date from "Commissioned Sea Officers" (1784) also suggests that he didn't continue in command until 1786, as your summary indicates. Note that while Winfield often lists the deaths of commanding officers, he doesn't always do so.

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