O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'
O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'

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The following is the entry for Edward Thomas Troubridge in William O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'.

TROUBRIDGE, Bart., C.B., M.P. (Rear-Admiral of the White, 1841. f-p. 12; h-p. 38.)

Sir Edward Thomas Troubridge is only son of the late Rear-Admiral Sir Thos. Troubridge, Bart., and brother-in-law of Lieutenant-General Sir Chas. Bulkeley Egerton, G.C.M.G., K.C.H.
This officer entered the Navy, 21 Jan. 1797, as a Volunteer, on board the Cambridge 74, Capt. Boger, guardship at Plymouth. Being discharged in April, 1799, he next, in Jan. 1801, joined, in the capacity of Midshipman, the Achille 74, Capt. Geo. Murray; with whom he continued employed in the Channel and Baltic in the Edgar 74 and London 98, until transferred in May, 1802, for a few weeks, to the Leander 50, Capt. Jas. Oughton. In the Edgar he fought at the battle of Copenhagen, 2 April, 1801. In July, 1803, he was received on board the Victory 100, flag-ship of Lord Nelson in the Mediterranean; where, in Aug. 1804, he removed to the Narcissus 32, Capt. Ross Donnelly. That ship he left in Feb. 1805. On 22 Feb. 1806 he was created a Lieutenant of the Blenheim 74, bearing his father?s flag in the East Indies; and in March, Aug. and Oct, of the same year, he was nominated Acting-Commander of the Harrier 18, and Acting-Captain of the Macassar and Greyhound frigates. His commissions as Commander and Captain bear date 5 Sept. 1806 and 28 Nov. 1807. While in the Harrier and in company with the Greyhound, commanded at the time by Capt. Chas. Elphinstone, he assisted, 4 July, 1806, in destroying, under the fort of Manado, the Dutch company?s brig Christian Elizabeth, of 8 guns and 80 men. On the 6th of the same month the two ships took, at the island of Tidore, the Belgica of 12 guns and 32 men; and on the 26th they fought a gallant action with a Dutch squadron, consisting of the Pallas frigate, of 40 guns and 250 men, the Vittoria (a two-decker) and Batavia Indiamen, both richly laden and both (the one of 800, the other of 500 tons) armed for the purposes of war, and the William corvette, of 20 guns (24-pounders) and 110 men; the result whereof was the capture of all the enemy?s ships but the William, after a loss had been incurred by them of 12 killed and 39 wounded, and by the British of 1 killed and 11 wounded. In his official letter detailing the events we have just noticed, Capt. Elphinstone says ? "The support and assistance I have received from Capt. Troubridge on every other occasion throughout a difficult navigation, I attribute to the same talents, ability, and zeal which he so nobly displayed on this one." After vainly cruizing, in the Greyhound, in quest of his father, who, it was thought, on the Blenheim being missed, might have put into some port to repair his damages, Capt. Troubridge, in Jan. 1808, invalided home. His next appointment was to the Armide 38; which frigate he commanded from 5 Feb. 1813 until May, 1815. He assisted, in company with the Endymion 40. in making prize, 15 Aug. 1814, of the Herald American privateer of 17 guns and 100 men; and on the following day he captured, alone, the Invincible of 16 guns and 60 men. During the operations against New Orleans he landed as senior officer of the naval brigade, and was highly spoken of for his conduct, particularly for the assistance he afforded the troops in throwing up batteries and getting the guns in. From 15 April, 1831, until superseded in Oct. 1832, he commanded the Stag 46, on particular service; in April, 1835, he obtained a seat at the Board of Admiralty; and on resigning that appointment he assumed command, 23 Aug. 1841, of the Formidable 84, fitting for the Mediterranean. He was advanced to Flag-rank 23 Nov. following; and has since been on half-pay. He had been nominated a C.B. 20 July, 1838.
Sir Edw. Thos. Troubridge, who is a Deputy-Lieutenant for co. Haddington, was returned to Parliament in 1831 as Member for Sandwich ? a place he still represents. From 30 June, 1831, until promoted to his present rank, he had filled the post of Naval Aide-de-Camp to his late and Her present Majesty. He married, 18 Oct. 1810, Anna Maria, daughter of Admiral Hon. Sir Alex. Forrester Inglis Cochrane, G.C.B., sister of Rear-Admiral Sir T. J. Cochrane, K.C.B,, and cousin of Vice-Admiral the Earl of Dundonald, G.C.B., by whom he has issue. Agent ? John P. Muspratt.

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