Francis Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd Baron Ducie

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Francis Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd Baron Ducie

Francis Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd Baron Ducie (28 March 1739 – 19 August 1808) was a British politician and naval officer.

He served in the Royal Navy, being commissioned lieutenant with a date of seniority of 12 April 1762. By the outbreak of the American War of Independence he had been promoted Captain and was stationed in the West Indies in command of HMS Monarch. He commanded Monarch during the Battle of the Chesapeake in September 1781 and remained with her throughout 1782 and saw action during the Capture of Sint Eustatius, the Battle of Saint Kitts, the Battle of the Saintes and, the Battle of the Mona Passage.

From 1784 to 1785, Reynolds-Moreton served as Member of Parliament for Lancaster before inheriting his title from his brother Thomas.[1]

Ducie Island, in the Pacific Ocean, was named after him by Captain Edward Edwards of HMS Pandora, who had served under Ducie during his time in command of HMS Augusta.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The official baronage of England, vol. 1
  2. ^ Heffernan. Stove by a Whale. p. 80. 

References[edit]

  • Heffernan, Thomas Farel (1990). Stove by a Whale: Owen Chase and the Essex. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 0-8195-6244-0. 
  • Information taken from a period 1784 gazetteer in private hands. The front of the first leaf is signed AJ Hamond. The entry for Captain Francis Reynolds is annotated "now Lord Ducie" in the same hand as the signature noted.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Wilson Gale-Braddyll
Abraham Rawlinson
Member of Parliament for Lancaster
1784–1785
With: Abraham Rawlinson
Succeeded by
Sir George Warren
Abraham Rawlinson
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Moreton
Baron Ducie
1785–1808
Succeeded by
Thomas Moreton