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John Harrison

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1720ADM 107/3
First Known Service2.5.1732CSORN
Robert HarrisonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1743

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
Tiger (50) 1722-1742
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Volunteer-per-order ADM 6/14/106
ADM 6/14
Roebuck (40) 1733-1743
British 40 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
, Volunteer-per-order ADM 107/3/397
ADM 107/3
27.11.1740 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/397RNLPC
2.2.1740/41 Lieutenant ADM 6/15/375CSORN
Mercury (20) 1745-1753
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Lieutenant ADM 6/17/447
ADM 6/17
17.2.1755 Commander ADM 6/18/349CSORN
Kingfisher (14) 1745-1763
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/349
Issued by
Charles WatsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1758

Confirmed 27.1.1757
4.7.1755 Captain ADM 6/19/132CSORN
Cumberland (66) 1748-1760
British 66 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/132
Issued by
Charles WatsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1758

Confirmed 29.1.1760
11.1.175614.1.1756Capture of Geriah 
7.3.17571.4.1757Expedition against Chandernagore 
Yarmouth (64) 1745-1811
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/292
Issued by
George PocockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1766
, East Indies
Confirmed 16.3.1760
29.4.1758 Battle of Cuddalore 
3.8.1758 Battle of Negapatam 
10.9.1759 Battle of Pondicherry 
Namur (90) 1756-1804
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/385
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.ADM 104
27.3.1779 Superannuated Rear-Admiral ADM 6/21/533ADM 104

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.

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