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Royal Naval Biography/Annesley, Francis Charles


FRANCIS CHARLES ANNESLEY, Esq.
[Commander.]

Is, we believe, a son of retired Commander the Hon, F. C. Annesley, and related to the noble Irish family of the same name. He was born at Castle Wellan, co. Down, Ireland, Dec. 31st, 1787; and entered the royal navy, as midshipman on board the Greyhound frigate. Captain (now Sir Richard) Lee, in Jan. 1798. He subsequently served under Captains John Smith, William Lukin (now Windham) , and Askew Paffard Hollis, in the America 64 and Thames frigate, on the North Sea, Channel, and Cadiz stations. The latter ship formed part of the squadron under Sir James Saumarez, at the destruction of two Spanish three-deckers and capture of a French 74, in the Gut of Gibraltar, July 13th, 1801; and was paid off in 1802.

We next find Mr. Annesley in the Vestal 28; afterwards in the Argo 44; and in 1806 and the following year, acting as lieutenant of the Arab 22, Captain Keith Maxwell. He passed his examination in Dec. 1807; obtained a commission on the 14th Jan. following; frequently distinguished himself whilst serving as second lieutenant of the Pilot sloop, on the Mediterranean station[1]; and was promoted to the command of the Heron sloop, July 30th, 1814.


FRANCIS CHARLES ANNESLEY, Esq.
(See p. 306.)
[Commander.]
Addendum

After quitting the Pilot sloop, this officer served as lieutenant of the Grampus 50, Vestal 28, and Venerable 74. In 1814, he was successively appointed acting commander of the Satellite 18, and Spider 16.