Sir Richard Spry
|Died||25 November 1775|
Place House, Cornwall
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Great Britain|
|Commands held||North American Station|
|Battles/wars||War of the Austrian Succession|
Seven Years' War
After an education at Truro Grammar School Spry joined the Royal Navy as a volunteer in 1733. Following the sinking of his ship by the Spanish Navy he was taken prisoner in 1745 but released two months later. He took part in the siege of Pondicherry in India in 1750.
In 1755 he became senior officer at Halifax and in 1758 took part in the successful Siege of Louisbourg. He was given command of HMS Orford in 1760. In 1762 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, North American Station. In 1766 he was promoted to the rank of Commodore and appointed Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station.
Spry returned to England in 1769. In 1770 he was promoted to rear admiral and went on to be Port Admiral at Plymouth in 1771. He was knighted at Portsmouth on 24 June 1773 and retired to Place House in St Anthony in Roseland, Cornwall, where he died in 1775.
- Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. .
- File:Memorials to the Spry family in St Anthony's church, St Anthony in Roseland-8952.jpg
- Richard Polwhele, The History of Cornwall, Civil, Military, Religious, Architectural, Agricultural, Commercial, Biographical, and Miscellaneous, vols. 4-7 (Michel & Co., 1816), p. 66
- Richard Spry at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Hardy 1783, p. 56
- A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain, Volume 4, p. 695
- "Vice-Admiral William Bligh". The Peerage. 20 April 2009.
- Cornwall: Walking along the Roseland peninsula Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2000
- Hardy, John (1783). A Chronological List of the Captains of His Majesty's Royal Navy (PDF). London: T. Cadell. OCLC 8908960.
Sir George Edgcumbe
| Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth