Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814)

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Campbell, Captain Thomas. RN. (? - 1823).

Unfortunately very little is known about this man. He was appointed lieutenant on 23rd September 1779 and Gower requested he be commissioned to HMS Medea from half pay in December 1781. He sailed as first lieutenant with Gower to the East Indies 1 TNA - ADM 1/1839. . After the capture of Chaser he was placed in command of her and sailed her to Calcutta. He was superceded as first lieutenant of Medea on 28th August, 1783, by order of Vice-admiral Hughes. He served with Gower again as first lieutenant in HMS Lion, 1792-4, and played a very active part in that voyage 2 TNA - ADM 6/24. . He was rewarded with promotion to commander on 14th October, 1794 and captain on 22nd January 1806 (the same day as Philip Carteret junior). He obtained the out-pension of Greenwich Hospital on 19th August 1817 and died on 29th September 1823. Nothing further has been found. Said by George Barrow to be 'an old Scotch lieutenant, who should have known better' in 1794 when he is reputed to have encouraged the outrageous gambling habits of Mr Crewe on board HMS Lion.

Cathcart, Honourable Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Allan, (1759-1788) army officer and MP.

Second son of Charles Schaw Cathcart, ninth Lord Cathcart (1721-1776) and his wife Jane (Hamilton). Younger brother to William Schaw Cathcart, tenth Lord Carthart (later first Earl Cathcart), (1755-1843). Other siblings were Archibald Hamilton Cathcart (1764-1841), Church of England clergyman, Jane (1754-1790) married John Murray, fourth Duke of Atholl 3 Nephew of Admiral Honourable George Murray (qv). , Mary (1757-1792) married army officer Thomas Graham, later Baron Lynedoch, and Louisa (1758-1843) married diplomatist David Murray, seventh Viscount Stormont and second earl of Mansfield.

On 31st December 1777 Cathcart was appointed captain in 77th Regiment of Foot or Athol Highlanders, in Ireland. Appointed quarter-master-general of His Majesty's troops in India by General Sir Eyre Coote, Charles Cathcart's company was the Honourable Lieutenant-Colonel Cathcart's Company, 98th Regiment of Foot. He particularly distinguished himself in leading his grenadiers against Cuddalore in the last few days of the war in 1783, immediately prior to the arrival of Gower with a peace mission. He was a close friend of Gower's from India. See Bates, Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814), Chapter - Knighthood. Elected member for Clackmannan and Kinrosshire in Scotland in 1784.

On 19th November 1784 the Court of Directors of the East India Company voted to present Lieutenant-colonel Cathcart with a sword valued at One Hundred Guineas in appreciation of his gallant and distinguished behaviour in storming the French redoubts at Cuddalore in 1783. Cathcart accepted their gift five days later.

He was chosen by Henry Dundas [qv] to lead an embassy to China in 1787/8 but he died (aged 28) of tuberculosis near Java and the embassy returned to England, having achieved nothing. See Bates, Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814), Chapter - Knighthood, regarding his choice of Gower as preferred captain. During this embassy the draftsman, Ibbetson, was appointed to record the places and people visited. The voyage included visits to Madeira, the Cape of Good Hope and Java. Cathcart's death forced Ibbetson to return to England without reaching China. He exhibited an oil painting (now lost) of 'The Burial of Col. Cathcart in Java' at the Royal Academy in 1789. Cathcart's burial site on Anjer Island off the Sumatran coast was destroyed by the massive tsunamis following the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.

The will of The Right Honourable Charles Cathcart showed his address as Charles Street, Berkeley Square, Middlesex. Probate was granted 20th August 1789.

Chapman, Lieutenant Patrick. RN.

With Gower in HMS Lion. On the death of the Lion's gunner, Gower appointed Chapman as gunner and recommended to the Admiralty that he be confirmed a lieutenant as he had served his time, passed his examination and was an excellent officer. Served again under Gower in HMS Triumph when his promotion to lieutenant was confirmed in 1794. Remained in Triumph as lieutenant under Captain William Henry Essington, and was wounded at the Battle of Camperdown on 11th October 1797.

Clarke, Dr Henry George Charles MD (1801-1870).

Gower's presumed son. See Bates, Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814), Appendix A - Associated People.

Clies, John. (Born c. 1700).

Eldest son of Francis Clies, gentleman, of Mylor, Cornwall 4 Noted specifically in his father's will, Francis Clies, of Mylor, Cornwall, in 1740. TNA - Prob 11/721. . He was a merchant with the East India Company in Lisbon, Portugal. He married, firstly, Elizabeth Gibbs, and secondly, Margaret Gower, [qv Margaret Clies] of Glandovan, [sister of Abel Gower, and therefore aunt to Erasmus]. Children of John Clies’ first marriage, all baptised at the British Factory Chaplaincy, Lisbon, Portugal, were John (1731) 5 Bapt 26th February 1731. Shown as a Merchant at Oporto, Portugal, in 1756. Nothing else known. , Frances (1732) 6 Presumably died in infancy. Not mentioned in the will of grandfather Francis Clies, dated 1740. , Elizabeth (1734) 7 Bapt 21st September 1734, Elizabeth married Philip Hitchcock of Falmouth, Cornwall, on 20th January 1756. It is believed she died at Falmouth in 1799. and Francis (1735) 8 Nothing else found regarding Francis. May have died young. Not mentioned in the will of grandfather Francis Clies, dated 1740. . From his marriage to Margaret Gower, on 2nd June 1742, he had one daughter, Henrietta (baptised 26th March, 1743) 9 David Spinney, Rodney, 57, says Henrietta Clies was the same age as Jane Compton. This is incorrect. Henrietta was born in 1743 and baptised in Lisbon. It was her step-sister, Elisabeth, baptised in 1734, who was almost the same age as Jane Compton. . Henrietta, married, in 1764, George Bridges Rodney [see ODNB]. Admiral Rodney was, therefore, married to Erasmus’ cousin who was a year younger than Erasmus. While in Lisbon, John and Margaret Clies were close to the Compton family. The Honourable Charles Compton 10 Son of George Compton, 4th Earl of Northampton and Jane Fox. was Envoy Extraordinary, while Clies was his main agent for affairs and the business of the port. Charles and Mary Compton's daughter, Jane, baptised in 1730 in Lisbon, became George Bridges Rodney's first wife in 1753. Another daughter, Catherine, (Baptised 1731), married John Percival, 2nd Earl of Egmont 11 Architect of the voyages of Byron, Wallis and Carteret. Said to be Carteret's patron, or at least his 'friend'. .

No record of the death of John Clies has been located, but it was between 1742 and April 1756, when his widow, Margaret, made her will in Falmouth, Cornwall. There is much misinformation published about the origins of John Clies but it is certain that he was the son of Francis Clies of Mylor in Cornwall. Francis (in his will dated 1740) named John as his eldest son, and sole executor of his will. He also named two of John's children (by his first marriage), John and Elizabeth, and left them substantial legacies. John Clies was to inherit all the residual lands, estates and real estate. On the death of his father in 1742 he renounced the role of executor, in favour of his younger brother, Captain William Clies. Probate was granted on 20th October 1742, while John Clies was still in Lisbon. William Clies, brother of John, was a ship's captain of Flushing, Cornwall. His will is dated 1749 and probate was granted in 1760. His widow was Elizabeth. Their only surviving child was Margaret.

Clies, Margaret (nee Gower) (1703-1773).

Gower's aunt. See Bates, Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814), Appendix A - Associated People.

Curtis, Surgeon Charles. RN.

Having sailed out to India as surgeon in the troopship Manilla, Curtis joined Gower in HMS Medea in India by warrant in 1783. Published An Account of the Diseases of India in 1807 with a dedication to Gower. His description of the dismasting of HMS Medea is detailed in my chapter - India and Respect. His book was later referred to as a rare but excellent book on the treatment of cholera 12 The British Critic and Quarterly Theological Review, Volume 32, 1809. Nothing of his later career has been discovered. He possibly died in Edinburgh in 1813 13 The Scots Magazine...Vol. LXXV 1813.

De Burgh, Honourable Lieutenant-General John Thomas, (1744-1808).

13th and 1st Earl Clanricarde. Educated between 1754 and 1758 at Eton College, he was commissioned on 30 July 1762 with the rank of Ensign, in the 1st Foot Guards. A veteran of the American War of Independence, he was lieutenant-colonel in the 68th Foot and gained the rank of major-general in 1793. In November 1794, he led a sortie of 3000 men from Nimeguen, near Rottedam, Holland, against the French, and was wounded. A few nights later he succeeded in extracting his troops from overwhelming odds, although many Dutch troops were lost in the confusion of the retreat. In 1795 he commanded the forces in Corsica, where he became a friend of Horatio Nelson. He succeeded as thirteenth earl of Clanricarde in 1797, held the office of Representative Peer [Ireland] between 1801 and 1808 and Governor of Hull between 1801 and his death in 1808. He gained the rank of General in 1803. The Honourable John de Burgh was an active cricketer at Hambledon. He played for Surrey in 1773 but was possibly a guest player as his name only occurs a handful of times in match reports. His only first-class match is that recorded between Surrey XI v Kent XI at Laleham, June 21-22, 1773, in which De Burgh was out for no runs in both innings. De Burgh’s main contribution to the sport was as a Hambledon Club member. He joined prior to June 1772 when the club's minutes began and was president of the club in 1784. De Burgh also had his own pack of hounds and was an early master of the Hambledon Hunt. A mutual friend of Gower and Horatio Nelson. 14 See letter from Nelson to General de Burgh in Bates, Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814) Chapter Admiral's flag Nelson said of him "General de Burgh [is] one of the most gentlemanlike in the world. He is cool and well skilled in his profession; and his reputation for spirit and courage is established on sure testimony of his former conduct and actions, which have been very distinguished in this war". 15 Naishe, Nelson's Letters to his wife... 1958 NRS p.344.

Donkley, Jane (nee Gower) (1698-1783).

Gower's aunt, wife of Captain John Donkley. See Bates, Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814), Appendix A - Associated People.

Donkley, Captain John RN (1696 - 1758).

Gower's uncle, who took him to sea. See Bates, Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814), Appendix A - Associated People.

Druce, John .

Clerk (Ticket Office) on the Navy Board 1781 to 1799. In partnership with Francis Ommanney (qv), trading as Ommanney & Druce, he was Gower’s navy agent in 1811 and co-executor of his Will. Died 1818. Probate of the Will of John Druce of Strand , Middlesex was granted on 27th July 1818.
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