Lord James Saumarez (1st Baron de Saumarez)

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth11.3.1757 - St Peters Port, Guernsey, Guernsey ODNB
First Known Service9.1767ODNB
FatherMathew Saumarez (1718-1778)ODNB
MotherCarteret le MarchantODNB
UnclePhilip Saumarez (1710-1747)ref:1359
UncleThomas Saumarez (1720-1766)ref:1359
BrotherPhilip (1750-?)ref:1359
SisterAnn (1752-?)ref:1359
BrotherJohn (1755-?)ref:1359
BrotherThomas (1760-?)ref:1359
SisterCharlotte (1763-?)ref:1359
BrotherRichard (1764-?)ref:1359
BrotherNicholas (1766-?))ref:1359
SisterMary (1768-?)ref:1359
BrotherCarteret (1770-?)ref:1359
Last Known Service22.7.1830ODNB
Date of Death9.10.1836 - St Peters Port, Guernsey, Guernsey ODNB

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
8.177011.1770Montreal (32), MidshipmanODNB
8.11.177015.2.1772Winchelsea (32), Midshipmanref:1359
15.2.17724.1775Levant (28), Midshipmanref:1359
9.8.1775 Passed the Lieutenant's Examinationref:1359
9.10.177511.7.1776Bristol (50), Midshipmanref:1359
11.7.17767.9.1776Bristol (50), Acting LieutenantODNB
7.9.1776 Lieutenant ADM 6/21/491ADM 6/21
25.1.177819.4.1779Spitfire (8), Lieutenant and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/508
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (1st Earl Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 9.2.1779
17815.8.1781Fortitude (74), LieutenantODNB
5.8.1781 Battle of Dogger Bank 
5.8.17816.9.1781Preston (50), Acting Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
23.8.1781 Commander ADM 6/22/329NL1865-3
23.8.17817.2.1782Tisiphone (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/329ODNB
12.12.1781 2nd Battle of Ushant 
7.2.1782 Captain ADM 6/22/536NL1865-3
7.2.17825.1782Russell (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/536
Issued by Sir Samuel Hood (1st Viscount Hood of Whitley) (1724-1816), North America
Commission confirmed 2.11.1782
ADM 6/23
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 
22.1.17933.1794Crescent (36), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/196ODNB
19.10.1793 Crescent vs Reunion 
6.11.1793 Appointed Knight BachelorTKE2
17951799Orion (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
23.6.1795 Action of Ile Groix 
14.2.1797 2nd Battle of Cape St Vincent 
1.8.1798 Battle of the Nile 
14.8.1798 Commander of the Saumarez's Squadron 1798  
3.179931.12.1799Caesar (80), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
1.1.1801 Rear-Admiral of the BlueNL1865-3
1.1.180113.8.1802Caesar (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1793
13.6.1801 Created 1st BaronetODNB
6.7.1801 Commanded the British Squadron at the Battle of Algeciras Bay 
12.7.1801 The Gut of Gibraltar 
5.9.1801 Appointed Knight Companion of the Order of the BathTKE1
1803 Albion (74), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1793
6.18036.1805Diomede (50), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1793
23.4.1804 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteNL1865-3
9.11.1805 Rear-Admiral of the RedNL1865-3
18061808Inconstant (20), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
4.18077.1807Prince of Wales (98), as Flag Officer, Vice-AdmiralBWAS-1793
18.3.18089.12.1808Victory (98), as Flag Officer, AdmiralW009
25.8.180826.8.1808Commanded the English Squadron at the Capture of the Vsevolod 
8.4.180912.1809Victory (98), as Flag Officer, AdmiralW009
11.3.18103.12.1810Victory (98), as Flag Officer, AdmiralW009
31.7.1810 Vice-Admiral of the RedNL1865-3
2.4.181125.12.1811Victory (98), as Flag Officer, AdmiralW009
14.4.181215.10.1812Victory (98), as Flag Officer, AdmiralW009
3.6.1814 Admiral of the BlueNL1865-3
4.6.1814 Admiral of the BlueNL1835-3
2.1.1815 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the BathTKE1
18.7.181921.11.1821Appointed Rear-Admiral of the United KingdomEWIKI
12.8.1819 Admiral of the WhiteTRN3
21.11.182115.2.1832Appointed Vice-Admiral of the United KingdomEWIKI
22.7.1830 Admiral of the RedTRN3
1831 Created 1st Baron de SaumarezEWIKI


ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ref:1359Man of War, The Fighting Life of Admiral James SaumarezAnthony SullivanBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
NL1865-3The Navy List 1865 - MarchThe AdmiraltyDigital Book
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
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
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
W009HMS VictoryUnknownWeb Site
NL1835-3The Navy List 1835 - MarchThe AdmiraltyDigital Book
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 16th of June 2012 21:27

1795 March until 1796 Dec cap Sir J. Saumarez appointed to Orion 74 under Lord Bridport on Rochefort blockade

Posted by Cy on Sunday 1st of April 2012 09:15

The email you supplied has been bounced as invalid so I can't reply to you directly

Posted by Bob Brooks on Saturday 31st of March 2012 19:34

Although he had recieved a commission as "acting [flag?] Lieutenant" by Sir Peter Parker on 11 July 1776, his initial formal commission as a Lieutenant was on 07 Sep 1776 when he was commissioned in America by Lord Howe as [supernumerary or "flag"] 5th Lieutenant, HMS Chatham, 4th/50 (confirmed by Admiralty on 22 Dec 1778 with six other "supernumerary" lieutenants' commissions [ADM 6/21/491]. His commission dated 25 Jan 1778, also by Lord Howe, was for the command of HM Armed Gally Spitfire (confirmed by Admiralty on 09 Feb 1779 [ADM 6/21/508])

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