John Bourmaster

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1736TRN3
First Known Service1751TRN3
DaughterHarriet [Dickson] (1781-1863)PROB11
Last Known Service23.4.1804TRN3
Date of Death1807 - Titchfield, Hampshire TRN3
Will Probated23.12.1807, PROB 11/1470/357

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
17511756Service as a merchant seamanADM 107/5
10.10.1759 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/5/151RNLPC
19.10.1759 Lieutenant ADM 6/19/105CSORN
7.3.176012.7.1764Valiant (74), Fifth Lieutenant ADM 6/19/144ADM 6/19
29.3.176111.6.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle 
6.6.176213.8.1762Operations against Havana 
3.177430.5.1776Appointed Agent for Transports for BostonADM354
30.5.1776 Commander ADM 6/21/248CSORN
30.5.17762.6.1776Albany (16), Commander and Commanding Officer: On board from 3.6.1776 ADM 6/21/248
Issued by Lord Molyneaux Shuldham (Baron Shuldham) (1717-1798), North America
Commission confirmed 8.1.1777
ADM 6/21
9.9.1777 Captain ADM 6/21/456CSORN
9.9.177726.11.1779Renown (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/456
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (1st Earl Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 1.10.1778
ADM 6/21
13.8.1778 Renown vs Languedoc 
1.7.177926.11.1779Included in the list of captains receiving half-pay.ADM104
26.11.17794.4.1782Royal George (100), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/54BWAS-1714
8.1.1780 Attack on the Caracas Convoy 
16.1.1780 Battle of Cape St. Vincent 
8.4.17829.4.1782Ocean (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/445BWAS-1714
9.4.178219.4.1782Victory (100), Captain and Commanding OfficerW009
26.11.178220.4.1783Bombay Castle (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/545ADM 6/22
26.4.17861.5.1789Elizabeth (74), Captain and Commanding Officer: On board from 29.4.1786 ADM 6/23/330BWAS-1714
30.3.17918.9.1791Barfleur (98), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/114ODNB
7.7.179423.10.1794Glory (98), Captain and Commanding Officer: On board from 13.7.1794 ADM 6/25/47BWAS-1714
23.10.1794 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/25/99CSORN
23.10.17946.7.1795Glory (98), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blueref:676
1.6.1795 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/25/179CSORN
14.2.1799 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
1.1.1801 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
23.4.1804 Admiral of the BlueCSORN


TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
PROB11England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 Archive
ADM 107/5ADM 107/5 1757-1762 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM354ADM 354 - Navy Board: Bound Out-letters 1738-1809 Document
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ADM104ADM 104 Officers entitled to Half Pay Document
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
W009HMS VictoryUnknownWeb Site
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Amanda Laws on Tuesday 27th of November 2018 13:54

Titchfield History Society now has quite a bit of information of the background and life of Admiral Bourmaster which we are happy to share when complete.

Posted by Marilyn on Thursday 19th of October 2017 16:27

We are in Titchfield researching Admiral Bourmaster in the hope of erecting a blue plaque for him. If anyone knows where he was born, could they please e-mail me

Posted by Daniel Ravenhill on Monday 11th of November 2013 06:48

This is my 6x great grandpa. He was a very interesting man

Posted by Simon English on Wednesday 9th of October 2013 00:27

Thank you for this information on John Bourmaster. My ggggggrandfather. I note that he commanded the 'Victory' .........all be it briefly.

Make a comment about this page

Recent comments to other pages
Date postedByPage
Saturday 19th of October 2019 05:24Tim OakleyBritish Fourth Rate frigate 'Cornwallis' (1805) (50)
Friday 18th of October 2019 16:20AvMBritish Merchant merchantman 'Duff' (1796)
Friday 18th of October 2019 15:27AvMBritish Merchant merchantman 'Duff' (1796)
Friday 18th of October 2019 14:52AvMBritish Merchant merchantman 'Duke of Argyll' (1833)
Friday 18th of October 2019 14:48AvMBritish Merchant merchantman 'Duke of Argyll' (1833)