Maurice Suckling, by Thomas Bardwell, 1764
|Born||4 May 1726
|Died||July 1778 (aged 52)|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Great Britain|
|Battles/wars||Seven Years' War|
Seven Years War
It was Suckling who was responsible for Nelson's early training. Young Nelson was entered on the books of the newly commissioned Raisonnable, commanded by Suckling, and joined the crew several months later, in early 1771. Suckling was transferred to the Nore guardship and arranged for his nephew to sail to the West Indies in a merchantman, gaining experience of seamanship and life at sea. Suckling also used his influence to have Nelson appointed to the Carcass for a 1773 expedition in search of the Northwest Passage. Suckling became Comptroller of the Navy in 1775 and was able to speed Nelson's career. He continued to use his influence on Nelson's behalf until his death in 1778.
Captain Maurice Suckling's sister was Catherine Suckling (1725–95), wife of Reverend Edmund Nelson. Maurice and Catherine were the grandnephew and grandniece of the first British Prime Minister Robert Walpole.
Suckling's nephew, Lieutenant Maurice William Suckling (1761–1820), also served with his uncle. Suckling introduced his other nephew Horatio Nelson into the Royal Navy at age 12. Horatio Nelson would later become Britain's most beloved hero in history.
Sir Hugh Palliser
|Comptroller of the Navy