Sir Thomas Pakenham

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth29.9.1757TRN3
First Known Service16.5.1776TRN3
FatherThomas Pakenham, 1st Baron Longford (1713–1766)EWIKI
MotherElizabeth Cuffe, 1st Countess of Longford (1719-1794)EWIKI
BrotherLord Edward Michael Pakenham (2nd Baron Longford) (1743-1792)EWIKI
Last Known Service19.7.1821TRN3
Date of Death2.2.1836TRN3

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
16.5.1776 Lieutenant ADM 6/21/200CSORN
21.9.1779 Commander ADM 6/22/62CSORN
21.9.17792.3.1780Victor (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/62
Issued by Marriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794), North America
Commission confirmed 7.12.1779
2.3.1780 Captain ADM 6/22/158CSORN
2.3.17806.11.1780San Carlos (22), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/158
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1st Baronet of Bassingbourn) (1715-1811), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 9.8.1780
13.12.178030.5.1781Crescent (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/209BWAS-1714
30.5.1781 Action of 1781-05-30 
10.11.178120.3.1783Minerva (38), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/363BWAS-1793
6.5.179318.10.1795Invincible (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/236BWAS-1714
1.6.1794 Glorious 1st of June 
18.10.179531.10.1796Juste (80), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
14.2.1799 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
1.1.1801 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
23.4.1804 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
9.11.1805 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
31.7.1810 Admiral of the BlueCSORN
12.8.1812 Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
16.5.1820 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the BathTKE1
19.7.1821 Admiral of the RedTRN3


TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 19th of June 2016 21:38

For the temporary surrender of the Crescent Pakenham refused to resume the command, maintaining that by his surrender to the Den Briel his commission was cancelled, and that when recaptured the ship was on the same footing as any other prize.

For the loss of his ship he was tried by court-martial and honourably acquitted, it being proved that he did not strike the flag till, by the fall of her masts and the disabling of her guns, further resistance was impossible. He was therefore at once appointed to the frigate Minerva, which he commanded in the following year at the relief of Gibraltar by Lord Howe.

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