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Sir Piercy Brett


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor, Marine 
Date of Birthc.1710CSORN
First Known Service8.9.1723CSORN
Father
Piercy BrettBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1738-1744
ref:719
MotherAnn LoganHPO
WifeHenrietta ColbyHPO
SonPiercy (1748-?)ref:719
SonPiercy Anson (1746-?)ref:719
Son-in-Law
Sir George Bowyer (5th Baronet of Denham Court)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1799
HPO
DaughterHenrietta [Bowyer]HPO
Brother
William BrettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1763
PROB11
SisterAnn (1715-?)ref:1245
Last Known Service29.1.1778CSORN
Date of Death12.10.1781TRN3

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
29.12.1729 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/199RNLPC
6.12.1734 Lieutenant ADM 6/14/205ADM 6/14
28.7.173824.5.1739
Pembroke (60) 1733-1749
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Second Lieutenant ADM 6/15/133
ADM 6/15
30.9.1743 Captain ADM 6/16/413TRN3
22.4.174510.8.1746
Lion (58) 1738-1765
British 58 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/467
BWAS-1714
9.7.1745 Lion v L'Elizabeth 
11.8.174626.8.1747
Yarmouth (64) 1745-1811
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/139
BWAS-1714
3.5.1747 1st Battle of Cape Finisterre 
9.11.174726.8.1748
Yarmouth (64) 1745-1811
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/281
BWAS-1714
25.11.174818.11.1752
Yarmouth (64) 1745-1811
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/412
ADM 6/17
2.1.1753 Appointed Knight BachelorHPO
7.11.175322.10.1755
Royal Caroline (8) 1750-1820
British 8 Gun
Unrated Yacht
1761 Renamed "Royal Charlotte"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/81
BWAS-1714
13.4.17547.10.1774Elected a Member of Parliament for QueenboroughHPO
22.10.17555.11.1756
Cambridge (80) 1755-1808
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/204
BWAS-1714
5.11.175615.11.1756
Royal George (100) 1756-1782
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/319
BWAS-1714
15.11.175629.12.1757
Royal Caroline (8) 1750-1820
British 8 Gun
Unrated Yacht
1761 Renamed "Royal Charlotte"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/324
ADM 6/18
29.12.175729.9.1758
Norfolk (74) 1757-1774
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/465
BWAS-1714
13.5.1758 Appointed First Captain of any ship or vessel wherein the Rt. Hon. Lord Anson shall hoist his flag.ADM 6/18
5.6.175812.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo 
29.9.1758 
Duke (90) 1739-1769
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore
BWAS-1714
10.1759 
Isis (50) 1747-1766
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore
BWAS-1714
1760 
Saint George (90) 1740-1774
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore
BWAS-1714
2.2.1760 Colonel of Marines ADM 192/1/3ADM 192
2.12.1761 Appointed Second in Command — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/19/370ADM 6/19
176210.1762
Newark (80) 1747-1787
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore
BWAS-1714
21.10.1762 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/19/445CSORN
4.11.1762 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/19/448ADM 6/19
11.12.176627.2.1770Appointed Lord Commissioner of the AdmiraltyOHMB
18.10.1770 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/20/302CSORN
24.10.1770 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/20/305CSORN
31.3.1775 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/21/83CSORN
29.1.1778 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/21/359CSORN


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Wednesday 30th of April 2014 01:07

The Gentleman's magazine. v.51 1781.
The late Sir Piercy Brett first signalised himself in the expedition to the South Seas, etc. under Lord Anson, being commissioned as third lieutenant on board the Centurion, The late Sir Charles Saunders and Captain Saumarez were the first and second. In particular, Mr. Brett commanded the detachment that attacked and took Payta, Nov. 10, 1741 and the most valuable drawings referred to in Mr. Walters, or rather Mr. Robin's history of that voyage (etc...) When the Commodore determined to go to Canton on a visit to the Viceroy, he appointed Mr. Brett, then his first lieutenant, Captain of the Centurion under him Sept. 30, 1743 from which he took post. Lieut. Saunders had before been commissioned to the Tryal, and Lieut. Saumarez to the Centurion's prize. From this circumnavigation he returned June 15, 1744. Soon after he was appointed command of a sloop, and in April 1745 to that of the Lion, of 58 guns, in which, on July 9, he had the memorable engagement with the Elizabeth of 64 guns which was convoying the young Pretender in a small ship to Scotland, but was obliged to return to Brest totally disabled. Capt. Brett had 45 men killed, and 107 wounded, himself among them. The Elizabeth had her Captain and 64 men killed and 136 dangerously wounded. In the engagement with the French fleet off Cape Finisterre, May 3, 1747 Capt. Brett commanded the Yarmouth, of 64 guns in Ad. Anson's fleet. On Dec. 21 he was one of the court martial that tried and censured Capt. Fox. In Jan. 1753 he received the honour of knighthood; and was appointed commander of the Royal Caroline Yacht. In the succeeding year he was the Captain of the Cambridge, of 80 guns. In December of 1757 he was elected an Elder Brother of the Trinity House. On March 22, 1760 he was appointed Col. of the Portsmouth division of marines. etc.. In 1761 he was advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral and rose gradually to the rank of Admiral. He died at his seat at Beckenham, in Kent, Oct. 14, 1781. He left one daughter.

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