Sir John Beresford, 1st Baronet
|Sir John Poer Beresford|
|Died||2 October 1844|
|Years of service||1782 - 1835|
|Commands held||HMS Hussar
|Battles/wars||War of 1812|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order|
Admiral Sir John Poo Beresford, 1st Baronet, GCH (1766 – 2 October 1844) was an officer in the Royal Navy who rose to the rank of Second Sea Lord. He was a Tory (subsequently Conservative) politician in the United Kingdom.
During the War of 1812, he served as captain of HMS Poictiers, during which time he ineffectually bombarded the town of Lewes, Delaware. More importantly, Poictiers participated in an action where, four hours after USS Wasp, commanded by Jacob Jones, captured HMS Frolic, Capt. Beresford hove in sight, captured Wasp and recaptured Frolic, and brought both to Bermuda. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1830.
On his death was succeeded to the title by his son from his first marriage to Mary Molloy, the daughter of Captain Anthony James Pye Molloy. He married secondly to Harriet Elizabeth Peirse, who died on 28 February 1825, and had issue who later inherited the Baronetcy.
- Laughton, John Knox (1885). "Beresford, John Poo". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Lambert, Andrew. "‘Beresford, Sir John Poo, first baronet (1766–1844)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2197. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir John Beresford
- Leigh Rayment's list of baronets [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
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