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Geary, Sir Francis, 1st St., Admiral, (1709-1796)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 GEA

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Geary, Sir Francis, 1st St., Admiral, (1709-1796)

Date(s): 1757-1771

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1ft; 31cm

Name of creator(s): Geary | Sir | Francis | 1709-1796 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Geary entered the Navy in 1727, became a lieutenant in 1734, a captain in 1742 and served through the War of Austrian Succession. During the early part of the Seven Years War he was in North America and then returned, in 1757, to take command at the Nore for a few months, in the PRINCESS ROYAL. In 1758 he moved into the LENOX, Channel Fleet, and in the following year served on the same station in the RESOLUTION and then in the SANDWICH. It was in the latter ship that he hoisted his flag in 1759 as rear-admiral and commanded detached squadrons in the Channel until late in 1760. After this he became Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth until 1762, when he became vice-admiral. His next service was in the same command between 1769 and 1771. Having been promoted to admiral in 1775, in 1780 he took up his last appointment as Commander-in-Chief of the Channel Fleet.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Francis Geary, consisting of letter and order books, 1757 to 1762, and 1769 to 1771.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented by Sir William Geary in 1937.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences

Personal names
Geary | Sir | Francis | 1709-1796 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy