John Harrison

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1720ADM107/3
First Known Service2.5.1732CSORN
FatherRobert Harrison (d.1739)
SisterEleanor [Wall]PROB11
Last Known Service27.3.1779CSORN
Date of Death15.10.1791CSORN
Will Probated2.11.1791, PROB 11/1211/2

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
2.5.17324.6.1734Tiger (50), Volunteer-per-order ADM 6/14/106ADM 6/14
4.6.173417.8.1738Roebuck (40), Volunteer-per-order ADM 107/3/397ADM107/3
27.11.1740 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/397RNLPC
2.2.1740/41 Lieutenant ADM 6/15/375CSORN
11.3.1748/4924.1.1750/51Mercury (20), Lieutenant ADM 6/17/447ADM 6/17
17.2.1755 Commander ADM 6/18/349CSORN
17.2.17554.7.1755Kingfisher (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/349
Issued by Charles Watson (1714-1757)
Commission confirmed 27.1.1757
4.7.1755 Captain ADM 6/19/132CSORN
4.7.17552.3.1758Cumberland (66), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/132
Issued by Charles Watson (1714-1757)
Commission confirmed 29.1.1760
11.1.175614.1.1756Capture of Geriah 
7.3.17571.4.1757Expedition against Chandernagore 
2.3.175819.12.1760Yarmouth (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/292
Issued by George Pocock (1705/6-1792), East Indies
Commission confirmed 16.3.1760
29.4.1758 Battle of Cuddalore 
3.8.1758 Battle of Negapatam 
10.9.1759 Battle of Pondicherry 
11.2.176224.2.1763Namur (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/385BWAS-1714
6.6.176213.8.1762Operations against Havana 
1763 Suffered a Stroke of the Palsy from which he never fully recovered and held no further commands as a resultB051
1.1.177927.3.1779Included in the list of captains receiving half-pay.ADM104
27.3.1779 Superannuated Rear-Admiral ADM 6/21/533ADM104

Notes on Officer


He was Buried in Westminster Abbey, where his memorial monument reads:

Near, lies buried rear-admiral JOHN HARRISON, son of captain Robert Harrison, who educated him from his infancy in the navy, having himself served in it forty years. He was captain of the Namur, the ship of admiral sir George Pocock in several successful engagements with the French fleet, commanded by the count D'Ache in one of which he was wounded. He conducted under the same British admiral, the armament against the Havannah, and brought the fleet and treasure safe to England. In consequence of excessive fatigue, soon after his return he lost the use of one side by a paralytic stroke, and remained helpless twenty-eight years. He was firm in action, prudent in conduct, polished in society, generous and humane. in a profession, and upon an element where human virtue is of the most rigid kind, and human nature is nost severely tried, his modesty was equal to his virtues.


ADM107/3ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
PROB11England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 Archive
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IIIJohn CharnockDigital Book
ADM104ADM 104 Officers entitled to Half Pay Document

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