Adam Duncan was born in Dundee on 1 Jul 1731 and died in Cornhill, Berwickshire on 4 Aug 1804 from apoplexy. He served in the Royal Navy.
He married Henrietta Dundas on 30 May 1777.
Sons who served as naval officers: Henry Duncan
He received the title of 1st Viscount Duncan of Camperdown on 30 Oct 1797 and was also known as Baron Duncan of Lundie.
RAdm B (1787)
RAdm W (1790)
VAdm B (1793)
VAdm W (1794)
Adm B (1795)
Adm W (1799)
He appears as a character in the books "King's Cutter, A" (Richard Woodman), "Mutiny Run, The" (Frank Eccles), "Fireship, The" (C. Northcote Parkinson) and "Lord Hornblower" (C.S. Forester).
• C-in-C North Sea (Feb 1795–1801)
• As Admiral on board Venerable, 74 (Captain William George Fairfax), he was in command of the British fleet during the Battle of Camperdown (11 Oct 1797).
1801. Biographical Memoirs of the Right Honourable Adam Duncan, Lord Viscount Duncan, Knight of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Alexander Newski, and Admiral of the Blue Squadron. Naval Chronicle. 4:81–113.
Bienkowski, Lee. 2003. Admirals in the Age of Nelson. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.
Wilson, H.W. . Adam Duncan. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.