William Henry Percy


William Henry Percy

William Henry Percy (24 March 1788 - 5 October 1855, 8 Portman Square, London, at his eldest brother's home) was a Royal Navy officer.

Family

He was the sixth son of Algernon Percy, second Baron Lovaine of Alnwick (1750–1830) and his wife Isabella Susannah Burrell.

Life

Entering the navy on board the 64 gun HMS|Lion|1777|6 in May 1801 and going with it to China, he returned in November 1802 and was posted to the HMS|Medusa|1801|6 (soon afterwards, his elder brother Josceline was appointed its appointed acting lieutenant). Promoted to commander in 1810, his first command was HMS|Mermaid|1782|6 in 1811 (on troop transport duties between Britain and Iberia for the Peninsular War). Next he was made post captain on 21 March 1812, but his next command (of the 20 gun HMS|Hermes|1811|6 during 1814-15, operating on the North American coast) came to grief when he lost 50 of his crew wounded or killed in an abortive attack on Fort Bowyer, Mobile and then had to set fire to his own ship to keep her out of enemy hands. This was his last naval service.

For a while during his retirement he was a commissioner of excise and - thanks to the influence of his maternal aunt's stepson, the second Marquess of Exeter - Tory MP for Stamford, Lincolnshire (1818-1826). Made a rear-admiral on the retired list on 1 October 1846, he died in 1855, unmarried.

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