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Royal Naval Biography/Incledon-Bury, Richard


RICHARD INCLEDON BURY, Esq
Vice-Admiral of the White.


This officer is descended from a family of the name of Incledon, in the north of Devonshire. In addition to his patronimick, he, some years since, assumed that of Bury.

Mr. Incledon entered into the navy about the year 1772; he was made a Lieutenant in 1778; and served as second of the Agamemnon, commanded by Captain (afterwards Sir Benjamin) Caldwell, in Sir George B. Rodney’s memorable action with the Count de Grasse, April 12, 1782[1]. In that engagement the Agamemnon suffered severely, and sustained a loss of 14 men killed, and 24 wounded. Among the latter number were Lieutenants Incledon and Brice.

Our officer was promoted to the rank of Commander in the year 1789, in consequence of his being First Lieutenant of the Magnificent, of 74 guns, Captain Richard Onslow, then in attendance on his late Majesty at Weymouth. He was at the same time appointed to the Childers sloop, stationed in the Channel.

Captain Incledon obtained post rank, Nov. 22, 1790; and at the capture of the French West India islands, in 1794[2]; he commanded the Ceres, of 32 guns, from which ship he was removed into the Vengeance, 74, and returned to England with the homeward-bound trade. On his arrival, the Vengeance was paid off, and Captain Incledon remained unemployed till the year 1800, when he was appointed to the Texel, of 64 guns, one of the ships engaged in watching the Dutch squadron in Helvoetsluys.

On the 31st July, 1810, Captain Richard Incledon Bury was advanced to the rank of Rear-Admiral; and on the 4th June, 1814, to that of Vice-Admiral.