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John Lewis Gidoin


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1727ADM 107/4
First Known Service28.6.1742ref:676
WifeMary Legassicke - Married 15.11.1763ref:676
Last Known Service1.6.1795ref:676
Date of Death2.1796 - Modbury, DevonTRN3

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
11.10.1748 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/4/198RNLPC
19.1.1755 LieutenantCSORN
9.3.1759 CommanderADM 6/19
9.3.175920.3.1759
Port Royal (12) 1757-1763
British 12 Gun
Unrated Storeship
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/314
BWAS-1714
20.3.175922.7.1761
Port Antonio (12) 1757-1763
British 12 Gun
Unrated Storeship
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/325
Issued by
Thomas CoatesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1722-1762
, Jamaica
Confirmed 26.6.1761
ADM 6/19
3.5.176215.7.1763
Zephyr (10) 1757-1778
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
1757 Renamed "Zephyr"
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/405
BWAS-1714
15.7.176311.2.1767
Jamaica (10) 1744-1770
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/520
BWAS-1793
26.5.1768 CaptainCSORN
26.5.1768 
Surprise (24) 1746-1770
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/203
ADM 6/20
13.3.177622.7.1779
Richmond (32) 1757-1781
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/169
BWAS-1714
11.8.1778 Howe's encounter with d'Estaing 
13.5.1779 Action in Cancale Bay 
9.7.177925.12.1779Included in the list of captains receiving half-pay.ADM 104
25.12.177917.3.1783
Torbay (74) 1749-1784
British 74 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
1750 Renamed "Torbay"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/70
BWAS-1714
17.4.1780 Battle of Martinique 
29.4.178130.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal 
25.1.178226.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts 
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 
12.4.1794 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
4.7.1794 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
1.6.1795 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN


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Posted by Lorraine on Tuesday 26th of January 2021 17:10

Thx for the info, very helpful. On review, it looks as though he was born circa 1727


Posted by Cy on Sunday 24th of January 2021 15:21

To pass the lietenants exam, you are supposed to be at least 20 years of age with 6 years service, 2 of which must be as a master's mate or midshipman. The exam is a verbal one in front of a board of three senior officers. While some officer passed early, it is simply not possible for him to have been 8 at the time.
John's passing certificate states "...appears to be 21 years of age", hence the estimated date of birth. His first service was aa a captain's servant on the Deptford, c.1742.


Posted by Lorraine on Sunday 24th of January 2021 11:45

The earliest entry is John's Lieut's exam in 1748. What would the youngest age of such a man be and what does the exam entail? My problem is that I have an estimated birthyear for John of 1740! Or does anyone have a confirmed birthyear please?

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