George Henry Ayton

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service3.12.1807CSORN
WifeHarriette SmithNBD1849
Last Known Service10.11.1863CSORN
Date of Death1865

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
3.12.1807 Entered the NavyNBD1849
3.12.18073.1808Royal William (84), LandmanNBD1849
3.18082.1809Daphne (22), MidshipmanNBD1849
2.18091812Victorious (74), MidshipmanNBD1849
28.7.180912.1809Walcheren Expedition 
18127.1814Victorious (74), Master's MateNBD1849
16.2.1812 Action of 1812-02-16 
1814 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationRNLPC
7.18149.1814Victorious (74), Acting LieutenantNBD1849
9.18144.3.1815Rosario (10), Acting LieutenantNBD1849
4.3.1815 LieutenantCSORN
4.3.1815 Placed on Half-PayNBD1849
23.11.1835 Married HarrietteNBD1849
10.11.1863 Superannuated CommanderCSORN

Notes on Officer


George Henry Ayton entered the Navy, 3 Dec. 1807, as L.M., on board the Royal William, Capt. Hon. Courtenay Boyle, flag-ship of Admiral Geo. Montagu, at Spithead; and, in the following March, joined the Daphne 20, Capts. Fras. Mason and Philip Pipon. On 25 April, 1808, he served in the boats of that ship and the Tartarus, commanded by Lieut. Wm. Elliott, at the cutting out, with a loss to the British of only 5 persons wounded, of a convoy of 10 deeply laden vessels, moored close under the fort of a castle mounting 10 guns, in the harbour of Fladstrand, near the Skawe, defended also by a heavy fire from another battery, as well as from the crews of the vessels assembled on the beach, and made fast to the shore by hawsers. Removing, in Feb. 1809, to the Victorious 74, Capts. Graham Eden Hamond and John Talbot, he took part in the ensuing expedition to Flushing, and, on 21 Feb. 1812, assisted, as Master’s Mate, while cruising in the Gulf of Venice, in company with the Weazle 18, at the capture – after a most gallant conflict of four hours and a half, in which the Victorious had 27 men killed, and 99, including himself, wounded, and the enemy 400 killed and wounded – of the French 74-gun ship Rivoli, whose consorts, three brigs and two gunboats, were also defeated. In Sept. 1814, Mr. Ayton, who for the two previous months had been acting as Lieutenant of the Victorious, on the North America station, joined the Rosario 10, Capt. Thos. Ladd Peake, in which vessel he served for nearly twelve months. He was then promoted to his present rank, by commission dated 4 March, 1815, and has since been on half-pay.

Lieut. Ayton married, 23 Nov. 1835, Harriette, eldest daughter of Saville Smith, Esq., of Bollington. Agents – Holmes and Folkard.


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook

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Posted by Cy on Sunday 18th of November 2018 16:08

No, neither can I so I've removed the honorific

Posted by Richard Alan Wood on Sunday 18th of November 2018 07:38

Can anyone show me that he was knighted? I'm not finding any evidence of that. I own a daguerreotype portrait of George Henry Ayton, so I'm interested in any other info on his life.

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