Lord Washington Shirley (5th Earl Ferrers)

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth26.5.1722CSORN
First Known Service10.7.1735CSORN
FatherLaurence Shirley (1693-1743)ref:952
MotherAnne Clarges (d.1782)ref:952
WifeAnne Elliot (1723-1791) - Married 1.12.1747 - St George’s, East Stonehouse, Devon ref:952
BrotherLaurence, 4th Earl Ferrers (1720-1760)ref:952
BrotherRobert, 6th Earl Ferrers (1723-1787)ref:952
BrotherRev. Walter (1726-1786)ref:952
BrotherThomas Shirley (1733-1814)ref:952
Last Known Service29.1.1778CSORN
Date of Death1.10.1778 - Chartley Manor Place, Staffordshire CSORN
Burial11.10.1778 - Staunton Harold, Leicestershire ref:1220

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
1738 Entered the NavyODNB
17.7.1741 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationRNLPC
6.1.1741/42 Lieutenant ADM 6/16/1ADM 6/15
26.8.1745 Commander ADM 6/16/534ADM 6/16
26.8.17454.3.1745/46Hawk (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/534ADM 6/16
19.4.1746 Captain ADM 6/17/92ODNB
19.4.174623.1.1746/47Fox (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/92BWAS-1714
24.1.1746/475.12.1747Dover (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/193BWAS-1714
1.12.1747 Married Anne, no childrenODNB
5.12.174722.12.1747Gloucester (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/291ADM 6/17
27.1.1747/4815.4.1751Fame (30), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/315BWAS-1714
3.1.175420.1.1754Bridgewater (24), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/86ADM 6/18
20.1.17548.11.1756Mermaid (24), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/88BWAS-1714
22.5.175514.6.1755British attack on Fort Beauséjour 
8.11.175617.2.1757Monmouth (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/320ADM 6/18
7.3.175810.1.1759Duc d'Aquitaine (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/493BWAS-1714
5.6.175812.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo 
10.1.175922.2.1760Temple (68), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/21BWAS-1714
20.11.1759 Battle of Quiberon Bay 
5.5.1760 Succeeded as 5th Earl Ferrersref:952
14.12.17611.10.1778Elected a Fellow of the Royal Societyref:1220
31.3.1775 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/21/83ODNB
7.12.1775 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/21/155ADM 6/21
29.1.1778 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/21/359ODNB


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ref:952Cracroft's Peerage Web Site
ref:1220La Renommée 1744David StockmanWeb Site
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive

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Posted by David Stockman on Tuesday 21st of July 2015 02:59

Please use "Renown" instead of "Fame". The Admiralty changed the name before Washington took command. Previous to becoming a RN ship he captured her from the French in Sept. of 1747 and was named then la Renommée. He requested to command her and it was approved. Thanks!

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