Thomas Brodrick

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1704TRN3
First Known Service13.1.1723/24TRN3
Father William Brodrick, attorney-general of JamaicaODNB
Wife Mary Robins (d. 1760) - Married 29.5.1728 - Saint Paul Covent Garden, Westminster ODNB
SisterCatherine [Ward]PROB11
Last Known Service1759TRN3
Date of Death1.1.1769CSORN
Cause of DeathCancerTRN3
Will Probated19.1.1769, PROB 11/945/160

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
10.1.1727/28 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/180ODNB
11.1.1727/28 Lieutenant ADM 6/13/187CSORN
23.9.1740 Commander ADM 6/16/172ADM 6/16
23.9.174024.3.1741/42Cumberland (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/172
Commission confirmed 22.4.1743
4.3.1740/415.1741Operations against Cartagena 
25.3.1741 Captain ADM 6/16/162CSORN
25.3.174111.5.1743Shoreham (8), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/162
Commission confirmed 28.3.1742
7.174110.1741Operations against Santiago 
27.7.174313.3.1743/44Phoenix (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/200ADM 6/16
14.3.1743/4422.11.1744Exeter (58), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/279BWAS-1714
23.11.174410.2.1744/45Ipswich (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/390ADM 6/16
12.2.1744/458.9.1748Dreadnought (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/440BWAS-1714
30.1.1755 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Jamaica ADM 6/18/126ADM 6/18
10.7.175515.5.1756Hampton Court (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/179BWAS-1714
15.5.17564.6.1756Prince George (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/265BWAS-1714
4.6.1756 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/278CSORN
24.2.1757 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/18/362ADM 6/18
6.175710.1757Princess Amelia (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
5.9.17576.10.1757Raid on Rochefort 
10.175713.4.1758Prince George (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
1759 Prince (90), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
14.2.1759 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/19/36CSORN
18.8.175919.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay 
21.10.1762 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/19/445CSORN
5.8.1767 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/20/176ADM 6/20

Notes on Officer


BRODRICK, THOMAS (d. 1769), vice-admiral, entered the navy about 1723. In 1739 he was a lieutenant of the Burford, Vernon's flagship at Porto Bello, and commanded the landing party which stormed the Castillo de Fierro. In recompense for his brilliant conduct Vernon promoted him to the command of the Cumberland fireship, in which he in 1741 took part in the expedition to Cartagena. On 25 March he was posted into the Shoreham frigate, and continued actively employed during the rest of that campaign, and afterwards in the expedition to Cuba. After other service he returned to England in 1743, and early in the following year was appointed to the Exeter of 60 guns. In March of the following year he was appointed to the Dreadnought, which was sent out to the Leeward Islands, and continued there till after the peace in 1748. In May 1756 Brodrick was sent out to the Mediterranean in command of reinforcements for Admiral Byng, whom he joined at Gibraltar just before the admiral was ordered home under arrest. He had meantime been advanced to be rear-admiral, in which rank he served under Sir Edward Hawke till towards the close of the year, when the fleet returned home. In January 1757 he was a member of the courtmartial on Admiral Byng; and was afterwards, with his flag in the Namur, third in command in the expedition against Rochfort. Early in 1758 Brodrick was appointed as second in command in the Mediterranean, with his flag on board the Prince George of 90 guns. On 13 April, being then off Ushant, the Prince George caught fire, and out of a complement of nearly 800, some 250 only were saved; the admiral himself was picked up, stark naked, by a merchant-ship's boat, after he had been swimming for about an hour. Brodrick and the survivors of his ship's company were taken by the Glasgow frigate to Gibraltar, where he hoisted his flag in the St. George. In the following February he was promoted to be vice-admiral, and was shortly afterwards superseded by Admiral Boscawen, under whom he commanded during the blockade of Toulon, and in the action of 18-19 Aug., culminating in the burning or capture of the French ships in Lagos Bay. When Boscawen returned to England, Brodrick blockaded the French ships at Cadiz so closely, that even the friendly Spaniards could not resist making them the subject of insolent ridicule. They are said to have stuck up a notice in some such terms as 'For sale, eight French men-of-war. For particulars apply to Vice-admiral Brodrick.' The French ships did not stir out till the passage was cleared for them by a gale of wind, which compelled the blockading squadron to put into Gibraltar. Brodrick then returned to England. He had no further employment, and died 1 Jan. 1769 of cancer in the face.

[Charnock's Biog. Nav. v. 69; Beatson's Naval and Mil. Mem. (under date); official documents in the Public Record Office.]

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Posted by Brian on Sunday 24th of January 2016 00:36

The Gentleman's Magazine 1769, Jan. 1, Deaths: Vice Admiral Broderick, of cancer in his face.

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