Sir Thomas Bladen Capel

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth25.8.1776 - WatfordNBD1849
First Known Service12.4.1792NBD1849
FatherWilliam Anne Holles Capel, 4th Earl of EssexNAO
MotherHarriet Isabella Bladen (d1821)NAO
WifeHarriet Catherine Smyth (d 1866/07/30)NAO
NephewAlgernon Henry Capel (1807-?)NBD1849
Last Known Service28.4.1847NBD1849
Date of Death4.3.1853 - Rutland Gate, LondonEWIKI

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
22.3.1782 His name entered into the muster book of the PhaetonNBD1849
12.4.179226.6.1792Assistance (50), Captain's ServantNAO
1.3.17935.9.1794Assistance, MidshipmanNAO
24.9.179423.1.1795Apollo (38), MidshipmanNAO
25.1.179515.3.1795Leviathan (74), MidshipmanNAO
16.3.179528.3.1795Sans Pareil (80), MidshipmanNAO
6.1795 Sans Pareil (80), MidshipmanADM 171/8
23.6.1795 Action of Ile Groix 
5.4.1797 LieutenantCSORN
23.4.179711.4.1798Cambrian (40), Third LieutenantNAO
11.4.179813.8.1798Vanguard (74), LieutenantNAO
1.8.1798 Battle of the Nile 
3.8.17984.9.1798Mutine (18), Commander and Commanding OfficerNAO
2.10.1798 CommanderCSORN
7.12.17984.1.1799Alecto (12), Commander and Commanding OfficerNAO
27.12.1798 CaptainCSORN
11.1.179913.9.1800Arab (22), Captain and Commanding OfficerNAO
18019.6.1801Meleager (32), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
6.18021803Revolutionaire (36), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
13.9.18021.1806Phoebe (36), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
21.10.1805 Battle of Trafalgar 
18061810Endymion (44), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
19.2.180720.2.1807Forcing the Dardanelles 
1.3.18073.3.1807Passage of the Dardanelles 
1.1809 Evacuation at Corunna 
7.18112.1812Barham (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
12.18111814Hogue (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
6.1815 Appointed Companion of the Companion of the Order of the BathODNB
10.5.1816 Married Harriet (no children)ODNB
27.5.1825 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteNL1834
22.7.1830 Rear-Admiral of the RedODNB
20.2.1832 Appointed 6th Knight Commander of the Knight Commander of the Order of the BathTKE1
18341837Appointed Commander-in-Chief — East IndiesEWIKI
10.1.1837 Vice-AdmiralODNB
1847 Received the Naval General Service Medal with a clasp for an action with the French fleet and the capture of 3 sail of the line whilst serving on Sans Pareil on 23.6.1795ADM 171/8
28.4.1847 AdmiralODNB
18481852Appointed Commander-in-Chief — PortsmouthEWIKI
7.4.1852 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the BathODNB

Notes on Officer

Details from the Pay Books of the Sans PareilNAO

Ship's pay book number: (SB 511)

29 March 1795 to 1 May 1795 Comments: Lent to another ship.
2 May 1795 to 19 October 1795 Rank/rating: Midshipman

20 October 1795 to 24 December 1795 Comments: Lent to another ship.

25 December 1795 to 15 May 1796 Rank/rating: Midshipman

Ship's pay book number: (SB 798)
16 May 1796 to 20 August 1796 Rank/rating: Acting Lieutenant

21 August 1796 to 2 January 1797 Rank/rating: Midshipman

Ship's pay book number: (SB 863)
3 January 1797 to 8 February 1797 Rank/rating: Acting Lieutenant

8 February 1797 to 8 March 1797 Comments: Lent to another ship.

9 March 1797 to 16 March 1797 Rank/rating: Acting Lieutenant

17 March 1797 to 4 April 1797 Rank/rating: Midshipman


NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
NL1834The Navy List 1834The AdmiraltyDigital Book
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book

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