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


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The following is the entry for John Neale Nott in William O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'.

NOTT. (Captain, 1842.)

John Neale Nott, born in 1800, at Reading, co. Berks, is eldest son of the Rev. Edw. Nott, more than a quarter of a century Rector of Weeke, co. Hants; and grandson of Capt. John Neale Pleydell Nott, who fell in command of the Centaur 74 in an action between Sir Sam. Hood’s squadron and the French fleet in the West Indies, 29 April, 1781.
This officer entered the Navy, in Oct. 1812, as Fst.-cl. Vol., on board the San Josef 110, Capt. Robt. Jackson, in which ship and the Queen Charlotte 100, each bearing the flag of Lord Keith in the Channel, he served until Aug. 1814. Between that period and 1820, in Aug. of which year he passed his examination, we find him employed on the Brazilian, East India, Home, and Mediterranean stations, in the Duncan and Cornwallis 74’s, flagships of Sir John Poo Beresford and Sir Geo. Burlton, Tyne 24, Capt. John Allen, Theban 36, Capt. Sam. Leslie, Rivoli 74, Capt. Chas. Ogle, and Racehorse 18, Capt. Hon. Geo. Pryse Campbell. After a further attachment, latterly in the West Indies, to the Active 46, Capts. Sir Jas. Alex. Gordon and Andrew King, and Valorous 28, Capt. the Earl of Huntingdon, he was promoted, 25 Aug. 1826, to the rank of Lieutenant, and next, 16 April, 1832, and 18 Dec. 1833, appointed to the Excellent gunnery-ship at Portsmouth, Capt. Thos. Hastings, and Edinburgh 74, Capt. Jas. Rich. Dacres. On the paying off of the last-mentioned ship Mr. Nott, having been three years her Gunnery-Lieutenant in the Mediterranean, was presented with a second promotal commission bearing date 10 Jan. 1837. He subsequently obtained command – 14 Feb. 1838, of the Medea steamer, in which vessel he served in the river St. Lawrence and on other parts of the North American station until paid off in Nov. 1839 – 7 Aug. 1840, as Second Captain, of the Excellent, Capt. Sir Thos. Hastings, employed as before at Portsmouth – and, 1 Jan. 1842 (with his name on the books of the William and Mary yacht), of the Firebrand (now the Black Eagle) steam-yacht. In the latter vessel, which he left in the following month, he conveyed the King of Prussia from Ostend to England, and again from England to Ostend. He was advanced in consequence to Post rank by commission dated 28 Jan. 1842. From 18 Aug. 1845 until Nov. 1847 he was variously employed in the Trafalgar 120, part of the time as Flag-Captain to Sir Edw. Durnford King at Sheerness. He is now on half-pay.
Capt. Nott married, first, in May, 1827, Elizabeth Anne Bennet, eldest daughter of the late Thos. Calley, Esq., M.P., of Burderop Park and Overton House, Wilts, a Magistrate and Deputy-Lieutenant for that county; and, that lady dying three months afterwards, secondly, 18 Feb. 1840, Mary, eldest daughter of Sir Wm. Burnett, Kt., M.D., K.C.H., F.R.S., Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy. Agents – Goode and Lawrence.


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