1805 £20 Cheque Order Forster On Board H M Ship Terpsichore Madras, To Bathurst
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1805 £20 Cheque Order Forster On Board H M Ship Terpsichore Madras, To Bathurst:
1805 £20 Cheque order Forster on Board H M SHIP TERPSICHORE Madras, to BATHURST
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1803 Very Fine Cheque or Bill of Exchange for £20- issued by Augustus Forster on board His Majesty's Ship the Terpsichore at Madras Roads, Please to Pay Walter Bathurst Esq, Or Order the sum of £20- and signed by BATHURST to Reverse and paid to the order of Messrs Bruce De Ponthian & Co in Madras.
Posted in a Letter from the Bankers in London to Charles Forster of Buston, Near Alnwick, Northumberland. SEE SCAN
Bathurst, Walter (1764?–1827), naval officer, was a nephew of Dr Henry Bathurst, bishop of Norwich, and son of another of the thirty-six children of Benjamin, younger brother of Allen, first Earl Bathurst. After being on the books of the guardship at Plymouth for more than a year, he was, on 5 October 1781, appointed to the Yarmouth which, in the beginning of 1782, accompanied Sir George Rodney to the West Indies, and participated in the victory to leeward of Dominica on 12 April. He served in the frigate Perseus, was made lieutenant on 15 November 1790, and in April 1791 was appointed to the brig Ferret on the home station. He continued in her for nearly three years, and on 30 December 1793 was appointed to the frigate Andromache, in which he served on the Newfoundland station, and afterwards with the fleet off Cadiz under Lord St Vincent. In May 1797 he was transferred to the Ville de Paris, and on 3 July 1798 was appointed her captain by St Vincent. His promotion was not confirmed until 24 October 1799, having to be promoted commander from 22 August 1798 in the interval, but he continued to command the Ville de Paris until May 1800, mostly with Lord St Vincent's Flag. He afterwards commanded the frigate Eurydice, the Terpsichore, and the Pitt, in the East Indies, in all of which he took several rich prizes. Having brought home the first Bombay-built frigate, the Pitt, rechristened Salsette, he still commanded her up the Baltic in 1808. In 1808 he married Marianne Wood of Manchester Street, Manchester Square, London; they had five surviving children, and she survived her husband. In July 1809 Bathurst escorted part of Lord Chatham's army to Walcheren. In 1810 he was appointed to the Fame (74 guns) in which he went out to the Mediterranean; he stayed there until the end of the war. He had no further service until 1824, when he commissioned the Genoa (74 guns) which on 20 October 1827 formed part of the fleet commanded by Sir Edward Codrington at Navarino. Being badly out of position, the Genoa's loss was very heavy; her dead considerably exceeded those of any other ship. Bathurst was killed on the quarter-deck shortly after the beginning of the action. The lord high admiral wrote with his own hand a letter of condolence to Bathurst's widow. Bathurst's son John Oldenshaw Bathurst (b. 1817) became commander, RN, and died relatively young. Bathurst was a brave and kindly captain, beloved of his entire crew.
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