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Edward Pellew
(1757-1833)

Edward Pellew was born in Dover on 19 Apr 1757 and died in Teignmouth on 23 Jan 1833. He served in the Royal Navy.

He married Susannah Frowd on 28 May 1783.

Sons who served as naval officers: Fleetwood Broughton Reynolds Pellew and Pownoll Bastard Pellew

He received the title of 1st Viscount Exmouth on 10 Dec 1816 and was also known as Baron Exmouth.

Honors:

Baronet in Mar 1796
Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB) on 5 Jan 1815
Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (GCB) on 16 Mar 1816

Ranks:

Lt (1779)
Cdr (1780)
Capt (1782)
RAdm W (1804)
RAdm R (1805)
VAdm B (1808)
VAdm R (1810)
Adm B (1814)
Adm W (1821)
Adm R (1830)

Ship Ranks:

First Lieutenant on the Apollo
Captain on the Arethusa from 1793
Captain on the Nymphe from 11 Jan 1793

He appears as a character in the books "King's Cutter, A" (Richard Woodman), "Relentless Pursuit" (Alexander Kent), "Hornblower and the Hotspur" (C.S. Forester), "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" (C.S. Forester), "Private Revenge, A" (Richard Woodman) and "Mutiny" (Julian Stockwin).

Notes:

Son of Samuel and Constance (née Longford) Pellew. Elder brother of Israel Pellew. Father-in-Law of Sir Lawrence William Halsted and Richard Harward.

• Taken prisoner after General Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga (17 October 1777).
• Colonel of Marines (1 Jan 1801–23 Apr 1804)
• MP Barnstaple (1802–1804)
• Promoted directly to Rear-Admiral of the White from Post-Captain.
• C-in-C East Indies (30 Apr 1804–Feb 1809).
• Promoted directly to Vice-Admiral of the Red from Vice-Admiral of the Blue
• As Admiral on board of Queen Charlotte, 100 (Captain James Brisbane), he was in command of the British fleet during the Bombardment of Algiers (27 Aug 1816).
• C-in-C Plymouth (1817–Feb 1821)
• Vice-Admiral of England (15 Feb 1832)
• Wife, Susannah, died in Bath (1837).

Further Reading:

Bienkowski, Lee. 2003. Admirals in the Age of Nelson. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.
Osler, Edward. 1835. The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
Parkinson, C. Northcote. 1934. Edward Pellew: Viscount Exmouth: Admiral of the Red. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd.

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