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Frank Scott
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    As a starting point there is the biography by Hugh Popham, A Damned Cunning Fellow: the eventful life of Rear-Admiral Sir Home Popham, KCB, KCH, KM, FRS, 1762-1820, Twyadreath 1991, 2nd edition 2002 (ISBN 0-9516758-0-X).
    The first edition of Sir Home Popham’s Telegraphic Signals, or Marine Vocabulary; with observations on Signal Flags, and the best mode of applying them was published in 1800, and there were several editions or revisions thereafter, all of which should be in the Admiralty Library [Naval Historical Branch, Portsmouth]. [The British Library has only the 1812 edition, St Pancras Reading Rooms shelfmark 6756.d.19].
    For Popham’s work in Spain, you should consult The Keith Papers, vol 3 (1803-1815), Navy Records Society 1955, ed. Christopher Lloyd.