Admiral Sir Richard Onslow

By R.D. Franks, published November 1981


Son of a distinguished but non-naval family, Onslow was at sea by 1756, being promoted to Captain by 1762. Between spells of unemployment, he served in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, returning to the Atlantic for hostilities against the American colonies, then in the Caribbean, against the French. Brought home in 1780, he was briefly involved in the Spithead Mutiny before confronting the Dutch fleets in the North Sea. On 11 October 1797 he took part in the Battle of Camperdown in which, for his outstanding bravery, he was awarded a Baronetcy.

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Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
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