The Keppel-Palliser Affair, 1778-1779

By J.H. Bromfield, published August 1961


A naval cause celebre, the dispute between Augustus Keppel and Sir Hugh Palliser after the inconclusive battle of Ushant in 1778 led to the courts martial (and acquittals) of both admirals. The causes of the affair are discussed with its repercussions for both officers.

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Filed under: English Channel | American Revolution | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Biography | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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