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John Jervis
(1735-1823)

John Jervis, also known as 'Old Jarvie', was born in Meaford on 9 Jan 1735 and died on 13 Mar 1823. He served in the Royal Navy.

He married Martha Parker on 5 Jun 1783.

He received the title of Earl St. Vincent on 23 Jun 1797 and was also known as Viscount St. Vincent, Baron Jervis of Meaford.

Honors:

Knight of the Bath (KB)

Ranks:

Lt (1755)
Capt (1760)
RAdm B (1787)
Adm B (1795)
Adm W (1799)
Adm R (1805)
Adm Fleet (1821)

Ship Ranks:

Midshipman on the Gloucester from 1748

He appears as a character in the books "Ramage's Diamond" (Dudley Pope), "Ramage and the Guillotine" (Dudley Pope), "Signal—Close Action!" (Alexander Kent), "Ramage and the Drum Beat" (Dudley Pope), "Brig of War, A" (Richard Woodman), "Corvette, The" (Richard Woodman), "Ramage and the Renegades" (Dudley Pope), "Post Captain" (Patrick O'Brian), "Hornblower and the Atropos" (C.S. Forester), "Lord Hornblower" (C.S. Forester) and "Sails on the Horizon" (Jay Worrall).

Notes:

Son of Swynfen and Elizabeth (n้e Parker) Jervis. Uncle (by marriage) and Second Cousin of William Parker. Uncle of William Henry Jervis.

• C-in-C Mediterranean (1795–1799)
• As Admiral (Blue) on board of Victory, 100 (Captain George Grey; Captain of the Fleet Robert Calder), he was in command of the British fleet during the Battle of Cape St. Vincent (14 Feb 1797).
• Lieutenant-General of Marines (1800)
• C-in-C Channel Fleet (1800–1801)
• First Lord of the Admiralty (19 Feb 1801–15 May 1804)
• C-in-C Channel Fleet (1806–1807)
• General of Marines (7 May 1814)
• Privy Counsellor

MAR: POB

Further Reading:

1801. Biographical Memoirs of the Right Honourable John Jervis, Earl of St. Vincent, Knight of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, and Admiral of the White Squadron. Naval Chronicle. 4:1–42.
Bienkowski, Lee. 2003. Admirals in the Age of Nelson. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.
Brenton, Edward Pelham. 1838. Life and Correspondence of John, Earl of St. Vincent, G.C.B., Admiral of the Fleet, &c., &c., &c. London: Henry Colburn. [2 volumes]
Davidson, James D.G. 2006. Admiral Lord St. Vincent: Saint or Tyrant? Barnsley: Pen and Sword Books.
James, William Milbourne. 1950. Old Oak: The Life of John Jervis, Earl of St. Vincent. London: Longmans Green.
Le Fevre, Peter and Richard Harding (eds.). 2000. Precursors of Nelson: British Admirals of the Eighteenth Century. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

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