Barrington, Samuel, 1729-1800

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Samuel Barrington, British naval officer. In 1779, while battling the French in St. Lucia, Barrington briefly became second in command to Admiral John Byron, grandfather of Lord Byron.

From the guide to the Samuel Barrington manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1782, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

English admiral.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to "Sir Charles", [no year] Jan. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270623277

Epithet: Vice-Admiral

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000814.0x0002cf

Samuel Barrington (1729-1800), the fifth son of the first Viscount Barrington, spent his entire adult life in the Royal Navy. He was promoted to Rear Admiral of the White and commander in chief of the West Indies in 1778 and took part in the Battle of Grenada in July 1779. Barrington returned to England shortly thereafter, held several commands in the 1780s, and died in 1800.

From the description of Samuel Barrington letterbooks, 1778-1779. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77835444

From the description of Samuel Barrington letterbooks, 1778-1779. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702171331

Samuel Barrington, British naval officer. In 1779, while battling the French in St. Lucia, Barrington briefly became second in command to Admiral John Byron, gradfather of Lord Byron.

From the description of Samuel Barrington manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1782 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 75395681

Epithet: Captain; RN

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000814.0x0002ce

Samuel Barrington, the fifth son of John Barrington, first Viscount Barrington, entered the Royal Navy at age 11 under the tutelage of Lord George Gordon and received command of the frigate the Lark in 1747. After a distinguished career during which he captured several French vessels, in January of 1778 Barrington was promoted to Rear Admiral of the White and sent to the West Indies as commander in chief of the fleet there. While Barrington's official command was to guard the British West Indies against the expected arrival of the French fleet under the command of the comte d'Estaing, his secret mission was to take the French island of St. Lucia. He accomplished the capture despite many difficulties, but he lacked the force necessary for an adequate defense of the British West Indies; St. Vincent fell to the French in June of 1779, and Grenada surrendered on July 3.

Barrington's command was superseded on the arrival of Admiral John Byron from North America in early 1779, and he sailed for England shortly after taking part in the inconclusive Battle of Grenada on July 6 of that year. He refused command of the Channel fleet, and remained out of service until April 1782, when he was appointed to the Channel fleet as Lord Howe's second in command. In 1787 he was promoted to Admiral, and served for the last time in 1790, again as Howe's second in command. Admiral Samuel Barrington died in 1800.

From the guide to the Samuel Barrington letterbooks, 1778-1779, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Barrington, Samuel, 1729-1800. Samuel Barrington manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1782 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Letters from Sir George Macartney; 9 May, 1776-4 Sept. 1779.1770 Sackville, 1st Viscount Sackville 1782; afterwards Germain (Lord George): Correspondence with Lord Macartney: 1776-1779.: Copies.Island of Grenada, the W. Indies: Correspondence of Earl... British Library
creatorOf Barrington, Samuel, 1729-1800. Samuel Barrington letterbooks, 1778-1779. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Vol. ccv. (ff. 518). General Correspondence 11 Apr.-5 May, 1759.Henry Potts, Comptroller and Secretary of the Post Office: Letters to the Duke of Newcastle: 1746-1767.George II of England: Correspondence of the Duke of Newcastle, Sec. of State, etc.:... British Library
referencedIn Barrington, Jane, d. 1807,. Autograph letter signed from Jane (Guise) Barrington, Salisbury, to Mrs. Garrick [manuscript], [ca. 1790] October 29. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Samuel Barrington letterbooks, 1778-1779 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn George Macartney papers, Macartney, George papers, [1765]-1800, 1776-1787 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Barrington, Samuel, 1729-1800. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to "Sir Charles", [no year] Jan. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn LETTER-BOOK AND ORDER-BOOK of Vice-Admiral George Darby, vol. I; Aug. 1780-Apr. 1782.Navy; England: Letter-book and Order-book of Vice-Adm. G. Darby: 1780-1782.Vice-Admiral George Darby: Letterbook and Order-book: 1780-1782.Philip Stephens, Secretary... British Library
creatorOf Barrington, Samuel, 1729-1800. Samuel Barrington letterbooks, 1778-1779. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Correspondence of George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, whilst Governor of Grenada, the Grenadines and Tobago, 1767-1806 The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House
creatorOf Samuel Barrington manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1782 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Barrington, Samuel, 1729-1800. A journal of the proceedings of the Hon.ble Samuel Barrington, Rear Admiral of the Red and Commander in Chief of His Majesty's ships and vessels emply'd or to be employ'd at Barbados and the Leeward Islands and in the seas adjacent, 1778-1779. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., collected and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1413-1900 (inclusive), 1775-1839 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Barrington, Jane, d. 1807, person
associatedWith Bingham, William, 1752-1804. person
associatedWith Bouillé, François-Claude-Amour, marquis de, 1739-1800. person
associatedWith Burt, William Mathew. person
associatedWith Burt, William Mathew. person
associatedWith Byron, John, 1723-1786. person
associatedWith Charles, Sir, 18th cent, person
associatedWith Estaing, Charles Henri, comte d', 1729-1794. person
associatedWith Gambier, James Gambier, Baron, 1756-1833. person
associatedWith Great Britain. Admiralty. corporateBody
associatedWith Great Britain. Royal Navy corporateBody
associatedWith Howe, Richard Howe, Earl, 1726-1799. person
correspondedWith Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 person
associatedWith Macartney, George Macartney, Earl, 1737-1806. person
associatedWith Morris, Valentine, d. 1789. person
associatedWith Sandwich, John Montagu, Earl of, 1718-1792. person
associatedWith Stephens, Philip. person
associatedWith Stephens, Philip. person
associatedWith Vaughan, Wilmot, Earl of Lisburne, person
associatedWith Vaughan, Wilmot, Earl of Lisburne, 1728-1800. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
France
United States
Great Britain
West Indies
France
West Indies, British
Great Britain
United States
United States
St. Vincent, West Indies
France
Martinique, the W. Indies
Saint Lucia
West Indies, British
Isle of Man, England
Grenada, the W. Indies
Great Britain
United States
Tobago, the Carribean
West Indies, British
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Anglo--Spanish War, 1779-1783
Anglo--French War, 1778-1783
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Birth 1729

Death 1800

French,

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