Reply To: Vice-Admiral Sir William Mitchell, KCB (1745/6 to 1816)
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Chris – Many thanks for all that information, which endorses the need for a revised entry for ODNB
Perhaps some more information can be found regarding his naval service prior to receiving his commission, which is even more murky.
The ODNB has this to say about this period:
“……..on joining the DOLPHIN on 8 July 1766 he was rated able…. paying off in June .
Among other ships …….. was the HECTOR (74 guns), …… able seaman, on 31 July 1777. On 1 November 1777 he was rated midshipman and master’s mate, and on 26 August 1778 he left …. to join the VICTORY (100 guns) the next day, again as master’s mate. He served in her, with breaks of a few days, until 12 March 1781, when he moved to the FOUDROYANT (80 guns) as acting lieutenant, staying until the end of October…………
record of service ….. shows no ship from which it is probable that Mitchell deserted when he was a seaman; but the years between 1768 and 1777 are passed over in silence”