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Adam Duncan
(1731-1804)

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.

Ranks:

Lt (1755)
Cdr (1759)
Capt (1761)
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).

Notes:

• 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).

Further Reading:

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. [1900]. Adam Duncan. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.

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