Richard Spry

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Sir Richard Spry
Died25 November 1775
Place House, Cornwall
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldNorth American Station
Mediterranean Fleet
Plymouth Command
Battles/warsWar of the Austrian Succession
Seven Years' War

Admiral Sir Richard Spry (1715[1]– 25 November 1775[2]) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Commander-in-Chief, North American Station.

Naval career[edit]

After an education at Truro Grammar School[3] Spry joined the Royal Navy as a volunteer in 1733.[4] Following the sinking of his ship by the Spanish Navy he was taken prisoner in 1745 but released two months later.[4] He took part in the siege of Pondicherry in India in 1750.[4]

In 1755 he became senior officer at Halifax[4] and in 1758 took part in the successful Siege of Louisbourg.[4] He was given command of HMS Orford in 1760.[4] In 1762 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, North American Station.[4] In 1766 he was promoted to the rank of Commodore and appointed Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station.[4][5]

Memorial in St Anthony's church, St Anthony in Roseland

Spry returned to England in 1769.[4] In 1770 he was promoted to rear admiral and went on to be Port Admiral at Plymouth[5][6] in 1771.[7] He was knighted at Portsmouth on 24 June 1773 and retired to Place House in St Anthony in Roseland, Cornwall,[8] where he died in 1775.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Spry, Richard" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. ^ File:Memorials to the Spry family in St Anthony's church, St Anthony in Roseland-8952.jpg
  3. ^ Richard Polwhele, The History of Cornwall, Civil, Military, Religious, Architectural, Agricultural, Commercial, Biographical, and Miscellaneous, vols. 4-7 (Michel & Co., 1816), p. 66
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Richard Spry at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. ^ a b c Hardy 1783, p. 56
  6. ^ A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain, Volume 4, p. 695
  7. ^ "Vice-Admiral William Bligh". The Peerage. 20 April 2009.
  8. ^ Cornwall: Walking along the Roseland peninsula Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2000


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir George Edgcumbe
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
John Amherst