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

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Amanda Laws on Friday 12th of June 2020 10:54

Still researching John Bourmaster born Lerwick c1735 and wonder if any of his living relatives have a portrait of him? Most Admirals would have sat for their likeness in those days.

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 26th of September 2020 08:38E.MorrisBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Montagu' (1779) (74)
Saturday 26th of September 2020 08:22E.MorrisBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Montagu' (1779) (74)
Friday 25th of September 2020 23:54Jon Manuel Byron III Thomas Draper
Thursday 24th of September 2020 19:51Richard BatemanBritish cutter 'Racer' (1810) (10)
Thursday 24th of September 2020 06:58Cliff Thornton Richard Pickersgill (d.1779)