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George Keith Elphinstone
(ca 1746-1823)

George Keith Elphinstone was born around 1746 and died in Tulliallan on 10 Mar 1823. He served in the Royal Navy.

He married Jane Mercer on 10 Apr 1787 and Hester Thrale on 10 Jan 1808.

He received the title of Viscount Keith in 1814 and was also known as Baron Keith.

Honors:

Knight of the Bath (KB)

Ranks:

Entered Navy (1761)
Lt (1770)
Cdr (1772)
Capt (1775)
RAdm B (1794)
RAdm W (1794)
VAdm B (1795)
VAdm R (1799)
Adm B (1801)
Adm W (1805)
Adm R (1810)

He appears as a character in the books "Master and Commander" (Patrick O'Brian) and "1805" (Richard Woodman).

Notes:

Uncle of Charles Elphinstone Fleming and Charles Adam

• Treasurer and Comptroller of the household to the Duke of Clarence (1 Jun 1789)
• Promoted directly to Vice-Admiral of the Blue from Rear-Admiral of the White
• C-in-C Mediterranean (1799–1802)
• C-in-C Plymouth (1803)
• C-in-C North Sea (1803–May 1807)
• C-in-C Channel (Feb 1812–Jul 1814)

Further Reading:

1803. Biographical Memoirs of the Right Hon. Lord Keith, K.B.: Admiral of the Blue Squadron. The Naval Chronicle. 10:1–23.
Allardyce, Alexander. 1882. Memoir of the Honourable George Keith Elphinstone, K.B., Viscount Keith, etc.. Edinburgh: W. Blackwood & Sons.
Bienkowski, Lee. 2003. Admirals in the Age of Nelson. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.
Bradford, James C. 2006. Admiral Lord Keith and the Naval War Against Napoleon. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.
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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