The Hon. William Clement Finch

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth25.5.1753ref:676
First Known Service7.7.1772TRN3
FatherHeneage Finch, the 3rd Earl of Aylesfordref:676
MotherLady Charlotte Seymourref:676
WifeMary Brounckerref:676
BrotherThe Hon. Seymour Finch (1758-1794)BURKES
Last Known Service4.7.1794TRN3
Date of Death30.9.1794 - Portsmouth ref:676

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
7.7.1772 Lieutenant ADM 6/20/489CSORN
10.4.1776 Commander ADM 6/21/200CSORN
10.4.177620.12.1776Cygnet (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/200
Issued by Charles Cornewall (1669-1718)
Commission confirmed 11.7.1776
20.12.177618.3.1777Camel (24), Commander and Commanding OfficerADM 6/21
18.3.1777 Captain ADM 6/21/267CSORN
18.3.17776.12.1777Camel (24), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/267BWAS-1793
4.9.1777 Action of 1777-09-04 
6.12.177719.4.1779Porcupine (24), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/342BWAS-1714
19.4.17797.1781Amazon (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/541BWAS-1714
7.178111.9.1781Terrible (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
5.9.1781 Battle of the Chesapeake 
2.5.178225.12.1782Polyphemus (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/462BWAS-1714
20.10.1782 Battle of Cape Spartel 
2.8.1789 Married Mary (3 sons, 2 daughters)ref:676
17901794Elected a Member of Parliament for Surreyref:676
10.9.17902.12.1790Warrior (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/66ADM 6/24
29.8.179320.3.1794Excellent (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/264BWAS-1714
4.7.1794 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/25/55CSORN


ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
BURKESBurke's Peerage, 2001Peter Beauclerk DewarBook
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive

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