John Willett Payne

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1752TRN3
First Known Service21.4.1766TRN3
Last Known Service29.4.1802TRN3
Date of Death17.11.1803CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
21.4.17661769Royal Naval Academy, Scholar ADM 6/20/116ADM 6/20
9.3.1777 Lieutenant ADM 6/21/521CSORN
17781.1778Florida (6), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
10.1.177920.8.1779West Florida (6), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
6.11.1779 Commander ADM 6/22/63CSORN
6.11.17798.7.1780Cormorant (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/63
Issued by George Johnston (1730-1787), Portugal
Commission confirmed 10.12.1779
8.7.1780 Captain ADM 6/22/189CSORN
8.7.17808.1.1781Artois (40), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/189
Issued by Gideon Johnstone (1739-1788), North America
Commission confirmed 30.10.1780
15.8.17817.1.1783Enterprise (28), Captain and Commanding Officer: On board from 31.8.1781 ADM 6/22/325BWAS-1714
5.1.178316.4.1783Leander (52), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/227
Commission confirmed 1.7.1784
16.4.178320.7.1783Princess Amelia (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/147
Issued by Hugh Pigot (1722-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 2.10.1783
ADM 6/23
1.10.17879.10.1788Phoenix (36), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/421BWAS-1714
20.3.17931796Russell (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/222BWAS-1714
1.6.1794 Glorious 1st of June 
1.17952.1796Jupiter (50), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
23.6.1795 Action of Ile Groix 
9.17963.1799Impetueux (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
14.2.1799 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
1.1.1801 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
29.4.1802 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN


TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Cam on Sunday 3rd of July 2016 16:09

Researching ancestry

Posted by Bob Brooks on Wednesday 1st of May 2013 15:51

Midshipman John Willett Payne joined Lord Howe's flagship HMS Eagle (3d/64) on 06 Nov 1776 [from HMS Greyhound?] (ADM 34/272 #511) whence he as assigned 2d in command of HM Armed Sloop Mary (6x4pdrs; 28 men; 74-48/94 tons) commanded by Master's Mate Thomas Goldesbrough. Carrying dispatches from New York to Rhode Island, the Mary wrecked on the east end of Long Island in late Feb 1777. Apparently Payne's conduct was preferred by Lord Howe over Goldesborough's as Lord Howe commissioned Payne as 2d Lieutenant, HMS Brune (5th rate; 32 guns) on 09 Mar 1777 whereas Goldesbrough was not commissioned until 15 Apr 1777 as 1st Lieutenant, HMS Vigilant, Armed Ship [floating battery].

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