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James Gambier
(1756-1833)

James Gambier, also known as 'Gloomy Jemmy/Preaching Jemmy', was born in New Providence, Bahamas on 13 Oct 1756 and died on 19 Apr 1833. He served in the Royal Navy.

He received the title of Baron Gambier on 3 Nov 1807.

Honors:

Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (GCB) on 7 Jun 1815

Ranks:

Lt (1777)
RAdm W (1795)
VAdm B (1799)
VAdm W (1801)
Adm B (1805)
Adm W (1810)
Adm Fleet (1830)

He appears as a character in the books "Baltic Mission" (Richard Woodman), "Only Victor, The" (Alexander Kent), "Flying Colours" (C.S. Forester) and "Balance of Dangers, A" (Anthony Forrest).

Notes:

Son of James and Deborah (née Stiles) Gambier. Nephew of James Gambier and Charles Middleton. Uncle of Robert Gambier and George Cornish Gambier.

• As Captain of Defence, 74, he took part in the Glorious First of June (1794).
• Colonel of Marines (3 Jul 1794)
• Commissioner of the Admiralty (7 Mar 1795–19 Feb 1801)
• Promoted directly to Rear-Admiral of the White from Post Captain
• Promoted directly to Vice-Admiral of the Blue from Rear-Admiral of the White
• Governor of Newfoundland (Sept 1802– )
• Commissioner of the Admiralty (6 Apr 1807–9 May 1808)

Further Reading:

Bienkowski, Lee. 2003. Admirals in the Age of Nelson. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.
[Cochrane, Thomas?]. 1810. Notes, on the Minutes of a Court Martial: Holden on Board His Majesty's Ship Gladiator, in Portsmouth Harbour, On Wednesday, the 26th day of July, 1809, &c. on the Trial, of the Right Honourable James, Lord Gambier; Admiral of the Blue, &c. London: J. Budd.

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