Sir Piercy Brett

RolesNaval Sailor, Marine 
Date of Birthc.1710CSORN
First Known Service8.9.1723CSORN
Father Piercy Brett (d.1752)ref:719
MotherAnn LoganHPO
WifeHenrietta ColbyHPO
SonPiercy (1748-?)ref:719
SonPiercy Anson (1746-?)ref:719
Son-in-LawSir George Bowyer (5th Baronet of Denham Court) (1740-1800)HPO
DaughterHenrietta [Bowyer]HPO
Brother William Brett (c.1718-1769)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
28.7.173824.5.1739Pembroke (60), Second Lieutenant ADM 6/15/133ADM 6/15
30.9.1743 Captain ADM 6/16/413TRN3
22.4.174510.8.1746Lion (58), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/467BWAS-1714
9.7.1745 Lion v L'Elizabeth 
11.8.174626.8.1747Yarmouth (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/139BWAS-1714
3.5.1747 1st Battle of Cape Finisterre 
9.11.174726.8.1748Yarmouth (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/281BWAS-1714
25.11.174818.11.1752Yarmouth (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/412ADM 6/17
2.1.1753 Appointed Knight BachelorHPO
7.11.175322.10.1755Royal Caroline (8), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/81BWAS-1714
13.4.17547.10.1774Elected a Member of Parliament for QueenboroughHPO
22.10.17555.11.1756Cambridge (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/204BWAS-1714
5.11.175615.11.1756Royal George (100), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/319BWAS-1714
15.11.175629.12.1757Royal Caroline (8), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/324ADM 6/18
29.12.175729.9.1758Norfolk (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/465BWAS-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), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
10.1759 Isis (50), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
1760 Saint George (90), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-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
176210.1762Newark (80), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-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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