Sir Thomas Rich (5th Baronet Rich)

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1733 - Berkshire HPO
First Known Service25.3.1758CSORN
FatherSir William Rich, 4th Bt. (d.1762)HPO
MotherElizabeth RoyallHPO
MistressElizabeth Burtref:676
WifeAnn WillisHPO
Illegitimate SonSir Henry, MP Bt.ref:676
Illegitimate SonCharles Richref:676
Illegitimate SonGeorge Frederick Rich (d.1863)ref:676
Illegitimate DaughterGrace [Abdy]ref:676
Last Known Service1.1.1801CSORN
Date of Death6.4.1803TRN3

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
25.3.1758 Lieutenant ADM 6/19/413CSORN
17.7.1762 Succeeded as 5th Baronet RichEWIKI
1.6.176318.6.1765Anson (6), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1.3.1769 Commander ADM 6/20/230CSORN
1.3.176914.2.1771Senegal (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/230BWAS-1714
14.2.1771 Captain ADM 6/20/416CSORN
14.2.177120.9.1773Gibraltar (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/416
Issued by James Gambier (1723-1789), North America
23.5.177526.1.1780Enterprise (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/93BWAS-1714
26.1.178030.5.1781Princessa (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/104
Issued by Lord George Brydges Rodney (1st Baron Rodney) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 1.4.1780
29.4.178130.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal 
27.7.178123.8.1781Sandwich (90), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
31.3.178416.6.1790Elected a Member of Parliament for Great MarlowHPO
11.6.178625.6.1789Culloden (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/340BWAS-1714
10.5.179010.9.1791Vengeance (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/26BWAS-1714
22.12.179212.4.1794Culloden (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/186BWAS-1714
12.4.1794 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/25/31CSORN
12.4.17941795Culloden (74), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
1.6.1794 Glorious 1st of June 
4.7.1794 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/25/55CSORN
1.6.1795 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/25/179CSORN
13.7.1795 Battle of Hyeres 
14.2.1799 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
1.1.1801 Admiral of the BlueCSORN


HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Pamela Langton on Monday 24th of October 2016 05:55

I have been researching my family tree and I am very confused about Sir Thomas Rich and Ann. I have an Ann Willis in my tree who had a son William Willes. He in turn had 6 natural children with Mary Brooks born 1799. She is my 4th great grand mother. There is no proof of these links. Do you know if William Willes Sir Thomas Richs son? If so, I wonder why he did not take the Rich name when the 6 natural children he had with Elizabeth Burt did. Any help would be appreciated. regards. Pamela Langton

Posted by Bill Norton on Sunday 11th of October 2015 17:05

Sir Thomas Rich 5th Bt. Of Sonning. An Admiral of the Blue & M.P. (c.1733-6 April 1803). Son of Sir William Rich, 4th Bt., of Sonning by Elizabeth, da. of William Royall of Minstead, Hants. m. Ann, da. and coh. of Richard Willis of Digswell, Herts.

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