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Sir William Hargood

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth6.5.1762E-WIKI
First Known Service13.1.1780E-WIKI
WifeMaria Cocks - Married 5.1811RNB1823
Last Known Service10.1.1837E-WIKI
Date of Death12.12.1839E-WIKI

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
13.1.1780 LieutenantCSORN
24.6.1789 CommanderCSORN
Rattler (16) 1783-1792
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/532
ADM 6/23
Swallow (16) 1781-1795
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/12
22.11.1790 CaptainCSORN
Terpsichore (32) 1785-1830
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/88
ADM 6/24
Hyaena (24) 1778-1793
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/162
27.5.1793 Hyaena vs Concorde 
Iris (32) 1783-1833
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1809 Renamed "Solebay"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/25/29
Leopard (50) 1790-1814
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
Nassau (64) 1785-1799
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
Intrepid (64) 1770-1815
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
Belleisle (74) 1795-1814
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
21.10.1805 Battle of Trafalgar 
14.9.1806 Commanded the British Ships at the Destruction of the Impétueux 
Northumberland (74) 1798-1850
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
28.4.1808 Appointed Colonel of MarinesRNB1823
31.7.1810 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
Gladiator (44) 1783-1817
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the White
1.8.1811 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
12.8.1812 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
18131814Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Channel IslandsRNB1823
Fylla (22) 1807-1814
British 22 Gun
6th Rate Post Ship
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Red
4.6.1814 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
2.1.1815 Created 1st Knight Commander of the Knight Commander of the Order of the BathTKE1
12.8.1819 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteE-WIKI
19.7.1821 Vice-Admiral of the RedE-WIKI
18331836Appointed Commander-in-Chief — PlymouthE-WIKI
Royal Adelaide (112) 1828-1905
British 112 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Red
10.1.1837 Admiral of the WhiteE-WIKI

Notes on Officer


During the Spanish armament, in 1790, this officer commanded the Swallow sloop, stationed in the Channel. On the 22d Nov. in the same year, he was promoted to the rank of Post-Captain; and some time after appointed to the Hyaena, of 34 guns and 158 men, on the Jamaica station; in which ship he was captured, May 27, 1793, by the French frigate la Concorde, of 44 guns and 340 men.

In 1794, Captain Hargood commanded the Iris frigate, stationed in the North Sea. On the 14th Feb. in the following year, he sailed for the coast of Africa; and on his return from thence, was appointed to the Leopard, of 50 guns, stationed first on the coast of Portugal, and afterwards in the North Sea. He subsequently removed into the Nassau, of 64 guns, and after a short interval joined the Intrepid, of the same force, in which ship he proceeded to the East Indies, where he continued until after the termination of hostilities.

Towards the end of the year 1803, our officer obtained the command of the Belleisle, an 80-gun ship, forming part of the Mediterranean fleet under Lord Nelson, whom he accompanied to and from the West Indies, in pursuit of the combined squadrons of France and Spain[1].

In the ever memorable battle of Trafalgar, the Belleisle was opposed to two of the enemy’s ships, and lost all her masts about an hour after its commencement; notwithstanding this misfortune, Captain Hargood, by the dexterous use of his sweeps, brought her broadsides to bear on his antagonists, so as to keep an effective fire upon them during the remainder of the engagement. The loss sustained by the Belleisle on this glorious occasion, amounted to 33 killed and 93 wounded.

On the 14th Sept. 1806, the subject of this sketch being off Cape Henry, in company with the Bellona and Melampus, discovered a line-of-battle ship to leeward, under jury-masts, standing in for the Chesapeake, to which he immediately gave chase. On perceiving the British squadron, she bore up and ran on shore. Captain Hargood immediately sent boats, and took possession of her. She proved to be l’Impetueux, of 74 guns and 670 men, one of the squadron that had been cruizing under Rear-Admiral Villaumez, from whom she had separated during a heavy gale of wind, wherein she had lost all her masts, bowsprit, and rudder. The same day two suspicious vessels appearing in the offing, Captain Hargood gave directions for the prize to be set on fire, which was carried into effect, after removing her crew, by Captain Poyntz, of the Melampus.

At the general promotion, April 28, 1808, Captain Hargood was nominated to one of the vacant Colonelcies of Royal Marines; and about the same period he obtained the command of the Northumberland, of 74 guns. From that time until his advancement to the rank of Rear-Admiral, which took place July 31, 1810, our officer commanded a squadron stationed in the Adriatic.

Towards the latter end of 1810, Rear-Admiral Hargood hoisted his flag on board the Gladiator, at Portsmouth, and superintended the harbour duty at that place till the year 1813, when he was appointed to the command at Guernsey, Jersey, &c. He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral, June 4, 1814; and, on the 2d Jan. following, created a K.C.B.

Sir William Hargood married, in May 1811, Maria, daughter of the late Thomas Somers Cocks, Esq., banker at Charing-cross, (and brother of the late Lord Somers,) by Anne, daughter of Alexander Thistlethwayte, of Southwick-place, Hants, Esq.

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