Robert Devereux Fancourt

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1742CSORN
Baptism29.8.1742 - St Clement Danes, London CSORN
First Known Service2.8.1759CSORN
FatherEdward Fancourtref:951
WifeMartha Clements - Married 1772ref:1336
WifeMargaret Brown - Married 1778ref:1336
Last Known Service27.5.1825CSORN
Date of Death7.6.1826 - Ripley, Surrey ref:1336
Will Probated26.6.1826, PROB 11/1713/401

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
6.9.1765 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/6/81RNLPC
29.1.1777 Lieutenant ADM 6/21/327CSORN
18.5.178217.12.1782Substitute (10), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
17.12.1782 Commander ADM 6/23/92CSORN
17.12.1782 Substitute (10), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/92
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies
Commission confirmed 5.7.1783
ADM 6/23
8.6.17872.12.1789Bulldog (16), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/398BWAS-1714
2.12.1789 Captain ADM 6/24/137CSORN
2.12.17899.1791Ambuscade (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/137
Commission confirmed 29.9.1791
16.10.1793 Chichester (68), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/275ADM 6/24
11.17964.1802Agamemnon (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
2.4.1801 Battle of Copenhagen 
18051807Zealand (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
28.4.1808 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
25.10.1809 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
31.7.1810 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
12.8.1812 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
4.6.1814 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
12.8.1819 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
27.5.1825 Admiral of the BlueCSORN

Notes on Officer


This officer was first Lieutenant of the Gibraltar, of 80 guns, bearing the broad pendant of the late Sir Richard Bickerton, in Feb. 1782, at which period that officer sailed for the East Indies, with several men of war, to reinforce the squadron on that station under Sir Edward Hughes. On his passage the Commodore touched at Rio Janeiro, where he purchased a cutter on Government account, and promoted Mr. Fancourt into her, with the rank of Commander. In this vessel, .which we believe was named the Substitute, and mounted 14 guns, Captain Fancourt proceeded to India, and continued there during the remainder of the war.

In 1790, a dispute arose with Spain relative to Nootka Sound; and Captain Fancourt, who had been advanced to post rank, on the 2d Dec., in the preceding year, was appointed to the command of the Ambuscade frigate, stationed in the Mediterranean. Soon after the commencement of the war with France, in 1793, we find him in the Chichester, of 44 guns, employed principally in escorting the trade to and from the West Indies and Mediterranean. This vessel, in company with the Intrepid, 64, captured la Sirenne, French corvette, off St. Domingo, about the month of Aug. 1794.

In the year 1797, Captain Fancourt was removed into the Agamemnon, of 64 guns, attached to Admiral Duncan’s fleet in the North Sea. This ship appears to have been implicated in the mutiny at the Nore, but previous to its suppression seceded from the rebellious cause. In the summer of 1800, she formed part of the squadron sent to Elsineur under the orders of Vice-Admiral Dickson, for the purpose of giving weight to the arguments adduced by the British Minister in support of the right claimed by Great Britain to search neutral vessels.

We next find Captain Fancourt accompanying Sir Hyde Parker on an expedition against Copenhagen, in the spring of 1801; but from the unfortunate circumstance of the Agamemnon striking upon a shoal when approaching the Danish line of defence, he was prevented from participating in the glorious victory achieved by Lord Nelson, to whose division he had been attached. On the Agamemnon’s return to England, she was stationed as a guard ship in Hosely Bay. Captain Fancourt subsequently commanded the Zealand, 64, bearing the flag of the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore. He was advanced to the rank of Rear-Admiral, April 28, 1808; and Vice-Admiral, Aug. 12, 1812.

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