Sir Peter Denis (1st Baronet of St Mary's)

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1713WWNH
First Known Service25.11.1732WWNH
FatherRev. Jacob DenisHPO
MotherMartha LeachHPO
WifeElizabeth Pappet (d.1765) - Married 2.9.1750ref:1059
Last Known Service29.1.1778WWNH
Date of Death10.6.1778CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
16.10.1734 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/264RNLPC
12.11.1739 Lieutenant ADM 6/14/234CSORN
12.11.173927.12.1739Centurion (60), Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/14/234ADM 6/15
3.11.174020.6.1743Centurion (60), Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/16/360
Confirmed 7.9.1744
ADM 6/16
25.6.1744 Commander ADM 6/16/329CSORN
25.6.17442.8.1744Swift (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/329BWAS-1714
9.2.1744/45 Captain ADM 6/16/438CSORN
9.2.1744/4530.6.1745Greyhound (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/438BWAS-1603
1.7.17457.2.1745/46Folkestone (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/503BWAS-1714
14.2.1746/4727.8.1748Centurion (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/200B051
3.5.1747 1st Battle of Cape Finisterre 
20.6.1747 Action of June 20 1747 
18.4.175419.3.1768Elected a Member of Parliament for HedonHPO
30.1.175515.11.1756Medway (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/126BWAS-1714
15.11.175617.12.1756Royal George (100), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/324ADM 6/18
17.12.175627.1.1758Namur (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/332BWAS-1714
5.9.17576.10.1757Raid on Rochefort 
27.1.175821.2.1760Dorsetshire (68), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/478BWAS-1714
29.4.1758 Action of 29 April 1758 
20.11.1759 Battle of Quiberon Bay 
25.2.176021.11.1760Bellona (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/139BWAS-1714
5.17622.1763Bellona (74), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
10.5.1762 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Basque Roads ADM 6/19/408ADM 6/19
14.12.176318.10.1770Royal Charlotte (8), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/555BWAS-1714
28.10.1767 Created 1st Baronet of St Mary'sE-WIKI
18.10.1770 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/20/302CSORN
24.10.1770 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/20/305ADM 6/20
7.12.17706.1771Appointed Commander-in-Chief — River Medway and The Nore ADM 6/20/322ADM 6/20
26.5.177124.9.1774Trident (64), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
24.6.1771 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/20/384ADM 6/20
31.3.1775 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/21/83CSORN
7.12.1775 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/21/155ADM 6/21
29.1.1778 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/21/359ADM 6/21

Notes on Officer


vice-admiral, son of a protestant minister expelled from France, consequent on the revocation of the edict of Nantes, and younger brother of Charles Denis [q. v.], was promoted to be a lieutenant in the navy on 12 Nov. 1739; and was serving in one of the ships which left England under Commodore Anson, when, on 2 Nov. 1740, he was moved by the commodore into the Centurion, in which ship he continued during the rest of the voyage; and on her return home and Anson's being called to a seat at the admiralty, was promoted to be post-captain 9 Feb. 1744–5. In 1746 he commanded the Windsor of 60 guns, and in 1747 his old ship, the Centurion, with a reduced armament of 50 guns. In her he took part in Anson's action with De la Jonquière, and afterwards carried home Anson's despatches. In the autumn, he joined the fleet under Hawke, but not till after the defeat of L'Etenduère. In 1754 he was returned to parliament for the borough of Hedon in Yorkshire, and early in 1755 was appointed to command the Medway of 60 guns. In her he continued on the home station during 1756, and sat as a member of the court-martial which tried and condemned Admiral John Byng. In 1757 he had command of the 90-gun ship Namur, which formed part of the fleet under Sir Edward Hawke in the unsuccessful expedition against Rochefort. In 1758 he commanded the Dorsetshire of 70 guns, in which ship he captured, after a sharp action, the French 64-gun ship Raisonnable on 19 April, and the following year shared in the great victory in Quiberon Bay. In March 1760 he was moved into the Thunderer, and in August 1761 commanded the Charlotte yacht, as flag-captain to Lord Anson, on the occasion of bringing over George III's bride, the Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg. He continued to command the yacht until 18 Oct. 1770, when he was promoted to be rear-admiral of the blue, having already been made a baronet, 19 Sept. 1767. In the spring of 1771 he was commander-in-chief of the Medway, and in the summer went out to the Mediterranean, with his flag in the Trident. His command there was uneventful. After his return he was advanced to be vice-admiral of the blue, 31 March 1775; and died vice-admiral of the red, on 12 June 1778. He married, on 2 Sept. 1750, Miss Pappet, natural daughter of John James Heidegger [q. v.] She died in 1765, without issue.

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 12th of April 2014 12:29

DENIS, SIR PETER, BART. was one, of Lord Anson.’s lieutenants. Behaved with great courage in the Centurion, in the year 1747,. In 1758, he took the Raisonable, of 64 guns, when captain of the Dorsetshire. In the action off Belleisle, in 1759, he gained great honour, by the gallant manner in which ‘he led the fleet into action. Was captain of the yacht in 1761, and convoyed the present queen to England. Was made a baronet in 1767 ; commanded in the Mediterranean in 1773.

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