Thomas Innes

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service1734CSORN
Last Known Service17.2.1748/49CSORN
Date of Death12.3.1749/50 - Hyde Park, London CSORN
Cause of DeathIn a duelCSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
1734 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/203RNLPC
13.4.1738 Lieutenant ADM 6/15/106CSORN
13.4.17386.6.1739Grafton (70), Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/15/106ADM 6/15
31.8.173929.2.1739/40Boyne (80), Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/15/217ADM 6/15
1.3.1739/403.3.1739/40Boyne (80), Third Lieutenant ADM 6/15/252ADM 6/15
4.3.1739/4019.6.1740Suffolk (70), Third Lieutenant ADM 6/15/255ADM 6/15
20.6.174021.11.1740Buckingham (70), Second Lieutenant ADM 6/15/302ADM 6/15
22.11.17405.12.1740Grafton (70), Second Lieutenant ADM 6/15/359ADM 6/15
6.12.1740 Grafton (70), First Lieutenant ADM 6/15/361ADM 6/15
16.1.1743/44 Commander ADM 6/16/260CSORN
16.1.1743/444.4.1744Scipio (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/260BWAS-1714
5.4.17442.4.1746Hind (10), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/286BWAS-1714
3.4.1746 Captain ADM 6/17/84CSORN
3.4.17463.11.1747Aldborough (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/84BWAS-1714
3.11.174729.1.1747/48Fowey (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/449
Issued by Sir Charles Knowles (1st Baronet Knowles) (1704-1777), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 14.3.1748/49
ADM 6/17
29.1.1747/4817.2.1748/49Warwick (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/449BWAS-1714
9.4.1748 Battle of Santiago de Cuba 
12.10.1748 Battle of Havana 

Notes on Officer


Captain Edward Clark was tried in April 1750, sentenced to death he was soon pardoned.


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb 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
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
PMDPrivate manuscript documents Book

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Posted by Brian on Tuesday 20th of May 2014 23:41

Killed in a duel:
1758, Monday 12, At 7 in the morning was fought in Hyde-Park a duel between Capt. Clarke and Capt. Innes, belonging to Adm. Knowles squadron, Capt. Clarke fired first, and the ball went through Capt. Innes breast into his body, of which wound he died at 12 o'clock at night. The coroners jury brought it in willful murder.

Further Circumstances concerning Capt. Clarke - As a suplement to the preceding observations, we shall state the facts as they appeared at the trial, as truth is less liable to be disguised by partiality, or violated by falsehood, as the witnesses are examined with all the accuracy of experienced ability, and their answers delivered under the sanction of oath. Capt. Innes had frequently declared at the court-martial at Deptford, and other places, that Capt. Clarke was a perjured rascal, and had endeavoured to take away his life by giving false evidence against him. Capt. Clarke gave Capt. Innes a verbal challenge, and appointed time, place, and weapons, which were pistols etc. Capt. Clarkes pistol had screw barrels, and were seven inches long, those of Capt. Innes were common pocket pistols 3 inches and a half in length on the outside of the barrel. They were no more than five yards distant when they turned about, an Capt. Clarke fired before Capt. Innes had leveled his pistiol. Capt. Innes, when dying, affirmed that Capt. Clarke endeavoured to take away his life at the court-martial, that in the duel he behaved in general like a man of honour, but that he fired before he was ready. Thus far the trial.

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