John Elphinstone

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1722 - Lopness, Orkney Islands CSORN
First Known Service1739CSORN
Father John Elphinston RNODNB
MotherAnne WilliamsODNB
WifeAmelia Warburton (d. 1786) - Married 23.10.1750ODNB
SonSamuel William Elphinstone (1758-1789)PEER
SonMolyneux Rowley ElphinstonADM 6/23
SonLt.-Gen. Sir Howard, 1st Bt. (1773-1846)PEER
SonSir Howard Elphinston (1st Baronet of Elphinstone) (1773-1846)ADM 6/23
SonThomas ElphinstonePEER
DaughterAnne Charlotte Maria (d. 1809)PEER
DaughterJane Alice Amelia (d. 1856)PEER
DaughterCatherine Sarah PEER
Last Known Service25.3.1783CSORN
Date of Death28.2.1785 - London CSORN
Will Probated9.3.1785, PROB 11/1127/151

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
17391743Service as a merchant seamanADM 107/4
11.7.1745 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/4/6RNLPC
23.8.1746 Lieutenant ADM 6/17/145CSORN
5.5.1757 Commander ADM 6/18/394CSORN
5.5.175723.5.1757London (6), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/394BWAS-1714
23.5.175711.8.1758Salamander (16), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/402BWAS-1714
5.6.175812.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo 
1.2.1759 Captain ADM 6/19/29CSORN
1.2.175931.3.1760Eurus (24), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/29BWAS-1714
24.6.176020.9.1762Richmond (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/176BWAS-1714
6.6.176213.8.1762Operations against Havana 
15.9.176224.4.1763Infanta (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
6.10.176324.10.1766Firm (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/543BWAS-1714
2.3.17685.12.1768Pearl (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/197BWAS-1714
1770 AdmiralPEER
17701774In the service of RussiaPEER
27.5.177028.5.1770Commanded the Russian Squadron at the Action of Nafplio 
7.1.177427.4.1778Egmont (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/1BWAS-1714
2.7.177814.11.1781Magnificent (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/427BWAS-1714
6.7.1779 Battle of Grenada 
21.12.177922.12.1779Action of 1779-12-21 
17.4.1780 Battle of Martinique 
15.5.1780 Action of March 15 1780 
19.5.1780 Action of March 19 1780 
12.4.178125.6.1781Cambridge (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/275ADM 6/22
16.12.178225.3.1783Atlas (98), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/555BWAS-1793


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
PEERThe Peerage dot comVariousWeb Site
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ADM 107/4ADM 107/4 1745-1757 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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