Robert Man

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Robert Man
Died 1783
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1740–1780
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Launceston
HMS Lynn
HMS Anson
HMS Porcupine
HMS Prince Frederick
HMS Lancaster
HMS Cornwall
Leeward Islands Station
Mediterranean Fleet
Battles/wars French and Indian War

Admiral Robert Man (died 1783) was a Royal Navy officer. He commanded the third-rate HMS Lancaster at the Siege of Louisbourg in June 1758 during the French and Indian War. He went on to become commander-in-chief of the Leeward Islands Station, then Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and finally First Naval Lord.

Naval career[edit]

Man joined the Royal Navy on 17 September 1740.[1] Promoted to post-captain on 22 June 1745, he took command of the fifth-rate HMS Launceston in June 1745, the fifth-rate HMS Lynn in June 1746 and the fourth-rate HMS Anson in February 1755.[1] He went on to command the sloop HMS Porcupine in April 1757, the third-rate HMS Prince Frederick in 1758 and the third-rate HMS Lancaster later that year.[1] He commanded Lancaster at the Siege of Louisbourg in June 1758 during the French and Indian War.[1] He then transferred to the command of the third-rate HMS Cornwall in 1760.[1]

Man became commander-in-chief of the Leeward Islands Station in 1769[2] and established a naval hospital at Antigua.[3]

Promoted to rear admiral on 18 October 1770,[1] Man went on to be commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1774[4] and, having been promoted to vice admiral on 31 March 1775,[5] he joined the Board of Admiralty as First Naval Lord[6] in the North ministry in April 1779.[7] He retired from the Admiralty Board in September 1780[7] and, having been promoted to full admiral on 26 September 1780,[1] died in 1783.[1]



  • Rodger, N.A.M. (1979). The Admiralty. Offices of State. Lavenham: T. Dalton Ltd. ISBN 0900963948. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas Pye
Commander-in-Chief, Leeward Islands Station
Succeeded by
William Parry
Preceded by
Lord Howe
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Robert Duff
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Palliser
First Naval Lord
Succeeded by
George Darby