A Naval Biographical Dictionary/Baynes, Robert Lambert

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BAYNES, C.B., K.R.G. (Captain, 1828. f-p., 22; h-p., 15.)

Robert Lambert Baynes entered the Navy, 19 April, 1810, as Fst.-cl. Vol., on board the Blake 74, Capt. Edw. Codrington, stationed off the coast of Catalonia, where he served, latterly as Midshipman, until May, 1813. Until the receipt of his first commission, 8 April, 1818, we next find him successively employed, on various stations, in the Duncan 74, and Royal Sovereign 100, both commanded by Capt. Robt. Lambert Baynes, Tonnant 80, flag-ship of Sir Alex. Cochrane, Seahorse 38, commanded during the expedition to New Orleans, by Sir Jas. Alex. Gordon, Cyrus 20, Capt. Wm. Fairbrother Carroll, and Conqueror 74, bearing the flag of Rear- Admiral Robt. Plampin. His appointments as Lieutenant were, 12 Nov. 1819, to the Vigo 74, Capt. Thos. Brown, at St. Helena – 2 Dec. 1822, and 28 Aug. 1823, to the Briton 46, Capt. Sir Murray Maxwell, and Tartarus 42, Capt. Thos. Brown, both on the South American station – and, 6 Oct. 1826, to the Asia 84, equipping at Portsmouth for the flag of Sir Edw. Codrington. He was advanced to the command, 8 July, 1827, of the Alacrity sloop, on the Mediterranean station, but being soon afterwards re-appointed, as Second-Captain, to the Asia, was present in that ship, and distinguished himself by his exemplary conduct, at the ensuing battle of Navarin.[1] Obtaining Post-rank 8 July, 1828, he subsequently commanded the Andromache 26, on the Cape station, from 2 Feb. 1838, to March, 1843. He has since been on half-pay.

Capt. Baynes, for his conduct at Navarin, was nominated a C.B., and presented with the Order of the Redeemer of Greece. He married, 8 July, 1846, Frances, daughter of Lord Denman, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, and sister of Hon. Capt. Denman, R.N.


  1. Vide Gaz. 1827, p. 2322.