Thomas Griffin

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1692E-WIKI
First Known Service1709ODNB
WifeElizabeth (1709-1781)ODNB
Last Known Service21.10.1762ODNB
Date of Death1771CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
17091711Service as a merchant seamanADM 107/3
1715 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/301RNLPC
4.8.1715 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/27RNLPC
17.2.1715/161.2.1716/17Weymouth (50), UnknownNMM-GRI
1.2.1716/1711.12.1717Panther (54), UnknownNMM-GRI
27.4.171827.10.1718Barfleur (90), UnknownNMM-GRI
11.8.1718 Battle of Cape Passaro 
28.10.1718 Lieutenant ADM 6/12/220CSORN
8.8.172729.7.1728Gibraltar (20), Lieutenant ADM 6/13/148ADM 6/13
29.7.17287.7.1730Princess Louisa (40), First Lieutenant ADM 6/14/213ODNB
1.4.1731 Captain ADM 6/14/71CSORN
1.4.173129.10.1733Shoreham (8), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/71BWAS-1714
27.2.1733/3417.2.1735/36Blenheim (96), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/169BWAS-1714
16.5.173811.6.1739Oxford (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/117ODNB
12.6.173913.1.1740/41Princess Caroline (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/185BWAS-1714
23.11.174125.11.1741Nassau (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/483ODNB
26.11.174113.1.1741/42Saint George (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/484ADM 6/15
14.1.1741/422.7.1742Burford (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/33
Confirmed 23.3.1741/42
28.10.17439.1.1745/46Captain (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/233ODNB
15.1.1745/467.1748Appointed Commander-in-Chief — East IndiesODNB
15.3.1745/4614.7.1747Princess Mary (60), as Flag Officer, Commodore ADM 107/3/35BWAS-1714
15.7.1747 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/17/246CSORN
15.7.17473.8.1749Princess Mary (60), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
12.5.1748 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 3/17/354CSORN
22.8.17493.5.1750Exeter (60), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
12.1750 Tried by court martial, found guilty of negligence, and sentenced to be suspended from his rank and employment as a flag-officer. The trial lasted from the 3rd to the 7th of December.ODNB
1.1752 His rank was reinstated by George II.ODNB
15.4.175426.3.1761Elected a Member of Parliament for ArundelODNB
4.2.1755 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/18/129CSORN
8.12.1756 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/18/331ADM 6/18
24.2.1757 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/361ADM 6/18
21.10.1762 Admiral of the White ADM 6/19/445CSORN

Notes on Officer


Griffin served in the Baltic Fleet, 1716 to 1717, in the Weymouth and then in the Panther. He became a lieutenant in 1718 and was in the Barfleur and Orford, Mediterranean Station, until 1720; from 1727 to 1730 he served in the Gibraltar, the Princess Louisa and the Falmouth on the same station. He was promoted to captain in 1731, served in the West Indies in the Shoreham from 1731 to 1733 and on the Channel Station under Sir John Norris (ca. 1670-1749) from 1735 until 1740 in the Blenheim, Oxford and Princess Caroline. It was in the latter ship that he sailed to join Admiral Vernon's fleet in the West Indies in October 1740. During the abortive attack on Cartagena in 1741 he commanded the Burford. Griffin was then at Portsmouth until 1743 in the St George . It was during his service in the Captain, 1744 to 1745, that he was accused of an error of judgement, court-martialled but acquitted. He was made rear-admiral, in 1747, when he hoisted his flag in the Princess Mary and went to the East Indies. In the following year he was promoted to vice-admiral and, on his arrival back in England, found himself the object of criticism over an alleged failure to attack eight French ships: he requested a court martial, was found guilty of negligence and suspended from his rank. Although reinstated in 1752, he had no further active employment

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