George Campbell (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir George Campbell
Sir George Campbell.jpg
Born 14 August 1759
Died 23 January 1821 (1821-01-24) (aged 61)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1772–1821
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Terrible
HMS Berwick
The Downs
Portsmouth Command
Battles/wars French Revolutionary Wars
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir George Campbell GCB (14 August 1759 – 23 January 1821) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth.

Naval career[edit]

Campbell joined the Royal Navy in 1772.[1] He was given command of HMS Terrible and took part in the Battle of Genoa in 1795 during the French Revolutionary Wars; he subsequently commanded HMS Berwick.[2] In 1802 he went to Jamaica where he commanded the Squadron.[3] He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, The Downs in 1808[4] and Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1818[5] and committed suicide in that role in 1821.[6] Campbell was a Groom of the Bedchamber from 1816 until his death.[6]

In the summer of 1809 he served on the panel of judges at the Court-martial of James, Lord Gambier which assessed whether Admiral Lord Gambier had failed to support Captain Lord Cochrane at the Battle of Basque Roads in April 1809. Gambier was controversially cleared of all charges. [7]

Family[edit]

He married Eustacia Campbell-Hooke.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Garrison Church, Portsmouth - Memorials
  2. ^ Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. p.48, ISBN 1-86176-246-1.
  3. ^ The gentleman's magazine, Volume 7, p. 658
  4. ^ The Annual biography and obituary. A & R Spottiswoode, London. 1827. p. 448. 
  5. ^ History in Portsmouth Archived 27 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b The Gentleman's magazine, Volume 129, p. 87
  7. ^ Gurney, W.B. (1809). Minutes of a court-martial . . . on the trial of James Lord Gambier. Mottey, Harrison & Miller. 
  8. ^ The Peerage.com
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Paxton
Member of Parliament for Carmarthen
1806–1813
Succeeded by
John Frederick Campbell
Military offices
Preceded by
Bartholomew Rowley
Commander-in-Chief, The Downs
1808–1811
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Foley
Preceded by
Sir Edward Thornbrough
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
1818–1821
Succeeded by
Sir James Hawkins-Whitshed