Sir Roger Curtis (Baronet )

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth4.6.1746 - Downton, WiltshireTRN3
First Known Service1762ref:616
FatherRoger Curtisref:616
MotherChristabella Blachfordref:616
WifeSarah Brady (d. 1817) - Married 12.12.1778 - St Mary, Portsea ref:616
Son Lucius Curtis (1786-?)NBD1849
SonRoger Curtis (d.1802)ref:676
Last Known Service31.7.1810ref:616
Date of Death4.11.1816 - Gatcombe, near PortsmouthTRN3

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
176227.12.1762Royal Sovereign (104), Unknownref:616
1763 Assistance (50), Unknownref:616
1769 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/6/177, ADM 6/87/261RNLPC
17691770Venus (36), Unknownref:616
177019.1.1771Albion (74), Midshipmanref:616
19.1.1771 Lieutenant ADM 6/20/339CSORN
28.1.177126.11.1773Otter (14), Lieutenant ADM 6/20/344ref:616
26.7.177511.7.1776Chatham (50), Second Lieutenant ADM 6/21/107ref:616
2.7.17764.7.1776Staten Island Landings 
11.7.1776 Commander ADM 6/21/200CSORN
11.7.177630.4.1777Senegal (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/200BWAS-1714
30.4.1777 Captain ADM 6/21/464CSORN
30.4.17776.12.1777Eagle (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/464
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (1st Earl Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 29.10.1788
12.12.1778 Married Sarah at St Mary, Portsearef:616
1.7.177931.12.1779Included in the list of captains receiving half-pay.ADM104
17801782Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Gibraltar ADM 6/23/187ADM 6/23
7.11.178023.12.1782Brilliant (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/195BWAS-1714
29.11.1782 Appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the BathTKE2
6.12.17829.12.1782Victory (100), Captain and Commanding OfficerW009
23.12.17826.5.1784San Miguel (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/559BWAS-1714
6.5.178415.12.1787Ganges (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/208BWAS-1714
15.5.179012.10.1790Queen Charlotte (100), Captain and Commanding Officer: On board from 21.5.1790 ADM 6/24/30BWAS-1714
12.10.1790 Appointed First Captain ADM 6/24/76

to Richard Earl Howe

ADM 6/24
11.12.179031.12.1790Brunswick (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/94BWAS-1714
31.12.179028.8.1791Brunswick (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/99ADM 6/24
28.8.17917.1.1793Brunswick (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/130ADM 6/24
7.2.17933.4.1794Queen Charlotte (100), First Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/205BWAS-1714
4.7.1794 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/25/55CSORN
11.7.1794 Appointed First Captain ADM 6/25/60

To Earl Howe

ADM 6/25
11.7.17941795Queen Charlotte (100), First Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/25/60ADM 6/25
10.9.1794 Appointed Baronetref:616
1.6.1795 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/25/179CSORN
1.6.179517.9.1795Canada (76), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
23.6.1795 Action of Ile Groix 
18.9.179530.3.1796Powerful (74), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Redref:616
31.3.179610.1796Formidable (98), as Flag Officer, First Captain ADM 6/25/265BWAS-1714
10.17961799Prince (98), as Flag Officer, Rear-AdmiralBWAS-1714
17991801Lancaster (64), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1793
14.2.1799 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
5.180024.2.1803Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Cape of Good Hoperef:616
1801 Jupiter (50), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
18011802Commander of the British ships on the Cape of Good Hope Station, 1801  
1.1.1801 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
23.4.1804 Admiral of the BlueCSORN
9.11.1805 Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
18091810Royal William (84), as Flag Officer, AdmiralBWAS-1714
5.18091812Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Portsmouthref:616
31.7.1810 Admiral of the RedCSORN
2.1.1815 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the BathTKE1

Notes on Officer


Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood described him as ‘an artful sneaking creature, whose frowning, insinuating manners creep into the confidence of whoever he attacks, and whose rapacity would grasp all honours and profits that come within his view.’


TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM104ADM 104 Officers entitled to Half Pay Document
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
TKE2The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IIWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book
W009HMS VictoryUnknownWeb Site
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
ADM 6/25ADM 6/25 Commission and Warrant Book 1794-1796 Apr.  Archive
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 Brian Stephens on Sunday 20th of April 2014 15:47

Edinburgh Advertiser, November 19, 1816
We regret to have to announce the decease of that distinguished Officer, Admiral Sir Roger Curtis, Bart. and G.G.B. The public services of this eminent man, particularly at the famous siege of Gibraltar, by the combined powers of France and Spain, where his conduct rendered him as conspicuous for humanity as for heroism and professional skill, must be fresh in the general recollection; the kindness of his heart, and the benignity of his manners, endeared him to the circle of his family and friends. He was knighted in 1782 for his gallant, humane, and judicious conduct at the siege of Gibraltar. He was on board the Royal Charlotte, with Lord Howe, and greatly distinguished himself in the memorable action of the glorious 1st of June 1794 after which he was created a Baronet; and was Commander in Chief at the Cape of Good Hope in 1801. He was both a very able and a very good man. He died at his seat at Gatcombe, near Portsmouth at a very advanced age, and is succeeded in his titles and estates by his only son, a Captain in the navy, now Sir Lucius Curtis, Bart.

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