George Stoney

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 Lieutenant ADM 6/19/307CSORN
14.7.176825.7.1771Wells (6), Lieutenant and Commanding Officer ADM 106/1168/66BWAS-1714
19.11.1778 Commander ADM 6/21/476CSORN
19.11.177830.5.1780Furnace (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/476BWAS-1714
30.5.178027.2.1781Duguay Trouin (18), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/138BWAS-1714
27.2.1781 Captain ADM 6/22/391CSORN
27.2.178120.5.1781Hinchingbrooke (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/391
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1st Baronet of Bassingbourn) (1715-1811), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 27.12.1781
20.5.17811.2.1782Lowestoffe (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/504
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1st Baronet of Bassingbourn) (1715-1811), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 15.8.1782
1.2.17821.4.1784Fox (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/252
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1st Baronet of Bassingbourn) (1715-1811), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 23.11.1784
1.4.17849.1786Flora (36), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/303
Issued by James Gambier (1723-1789), North America
Commission confirmed 10.11.1785


ADM 107/5ADM 107/5 1757-1762 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook

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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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