Lord St Vincent’s Early Years (1735-55)

By Ruddock F. Mackay, published February 1990


With Anson’s influence, Jervis’s father became Auditor at Greenwich Hospital.   When the boy insisted on a sea career, a meeting was arranged with the new Jamaican commander-in-chief.  Jervis joined Gloucester aged fourteen.  In Kingston, a hurricane provided foul-weather experience, and his father provided a mortifying one when he bounced his son’s cheque. Aged seventeen, he was rated midshipman in the flagship.  In England, after the lieutenant’s exam, Jervis served under the disciplinarian Boscawen.   Then the Greenwich Hospital Treasurer was appointed by Anson to the Mediterranean command and took Jervis as lieutenant.  At twenty-five, Jervis was posted to Gosport.

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