Phillips Cosby

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Phillips Cosby
Admiral Phillips Cosby
Born 1729
Died 1808
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Hind
HMS Isis
HMS Montreal
HMS Centaur
HMS Robust
Cork Command
Plymouth Command
Battles/wars Seven Years' War
American Revolutionary War

Vice Admiral Phillips Cosby (1729–1808) was a Royal Navy officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

Naval career[edit]

Cosby joined the Royal Navy as an ordinary seaman in 1747.[1] He was given command of a schooner at the Siege of Louisbourg in 1758 and was present at the capture of Quebec in 1759.[1]

Promoted to Post Captain in 1761, he commanded HMS Hind and HMS Isis.[1] In 1766 he was appointed to HMS Montreal.[1]

He was receiver general (treasurer) of the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts from 1771 to 1778, a lucrative post which he resigned on the outbreak of the Anglo-French War.[2] In command of HMS Centaur in 1778, he took part in the Battle of Ushant and in command of HMS Robust in 1779, he took part in the Siege of Charleston in 1780.[1] He also took part in the Battle of Cape Henry in 1781.[3]

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet in 1785, Commander-in-Chief at Cork in 1790, and Port Admiral at Plymouth in 1792.[1]


In 1792 he married Eliza Hurst, née Gunthorpe.[1]



Stewart, William (28 September 2009). Admirals of the World: A Biographical Dictionary, 1500 to the Present. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3809-9. 

Military offices
Preceded by
John Lindsay
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Joseph Peyton
Preceded by
Sir Richard Bickerton
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Richard King