Edward Nathaniel Greensword

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1774CSORN
First Known Service7.9.1790CSORN
Last Known Service5.1.1842CSORN
Date of Death17.6.1845 - Boulogne-sur-MerNBD1849

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
7.9.179011.9.1790Berwick (74), Able SeamanIPC
12.9.179016.12.1790Berwick (74), MidshipmanIPC
17.12.17905.12.1791Hector (74), Able SeamanIPC
23.7.179317.1.1794Rose (28), Able SeamanIPC
18.1.179417.7.1794Rose (28), MidshipmanIPC
18.7.179419.8.1796Sceptre (64), Master's MateIPC
2.7.179512.6.1796Coromandel (54), MidshipmanNBD1849
5.17968.10.1798Belliqueux (64), MidshipmanW005
20.8.179618.11.1796Moselle (24), Master's MateIPC
19.11.179612.7.1797Royal George (100), Master's MateIPC
13.7.179710.10.1797Triumph (74), Master's MateIPC
11.10.1797 Battle of Camperdown 
11.10.179713.5.1798Triumph (74), Acting LieutenantIPC
6.6.1798 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationIPC
12.7.17988.10.1798Ramillies (74), Acting LieutenantPMD
8.10.1798 LieutenantCSORN
8.10.179824.2.1800Woolwich (24), LieutenantW005
12.17992.1800Canada (76), LieutenantPMD
24.2.1800 Sent sick to Haslar hospitalNBD1849
1803 Obtained a commission in the Sea Fencibles 
18042.8.1808Tigress (12), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerW005
23.8.1807 Aciton of 1807-08-23 
18091810Manly (12), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerPMD
18101812Fyen (74), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
26.11.1830 Superannuated CommanderNBD1849
5.1.1842 Promoted to the senior list of retired commandersNBD1849

Notes on Officer

Early service?NBD1849
His name had been 'on the books' of the Brine and London for seven years prior to actually going to sea.

Two documents relating to Edward Greensword have kindly been supplied by his descendant Gary Greensword.

These can be viewed by following these links:

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Gordon Simmonds on Wednesday 30th of October 2019 11:40

There are three incorrect entries in the above list of ships. He never served in Coromandel, Belliqueux or Woolwich. These ships are only associated with him in the O'Byrne NBD. His own handwritten list of his service linked to this page does not mention any of these but additionally lists Childers as his first ship as a Lieutenant between 8 Oct 1798 and Dec 1799.

Posted by Gordon Simmonds on Tuesday 9th of January 2018 15:14

As an ancestor I have researched this officer's career and I can add some more information and detail. He commanded Tigress from 10 July 1804 until 2 Aug 1808 when it was captured by a flotilla of Danish Gunboats. After acquittal by Court Martial he commanded Manly from 9 June 1809 until 17 Dec 1810 when he exchanged with a Lt Richard Simmonds into the Danish 74 Prize, then serving as a Prison Ship at Chatham.

Posted by Ian Bates on Wednesday 8th of August 2012 03:46

The two links under "Documents" are giving a 404 page load error.
Cheers - Ian

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