A Naval Biographical Dictionary/Streatfeild, Richard

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STREATFEILD. (Commander, 1814. f-p., 12; h-p., 33.)

Richard Streatfeild, born 29 May, 1789, is fourth son of the late Henry Streatfeild, Esq., of Chiddingstone, in Kent, High-Sheriff for that co. in 1792, by Elizabeth Catherine, daughter of the Very Rev. Newton Ogle, D.D., of Kirkley, co. Northumberland, Dean of Winchester, and niece of Admiral Sir Chaloner Ogle, Bart., father of the present Admiral Sir Chas. Ogle, Bart. He is brother of Thos. Streatfeild, Esq., late Lieut.-Colonel in the Grenadier Guards; also of Capt. Chas. Ogle Streatfeild, of the Royal Engineers; and cousin of Commander Robt. Streatfeild, R.N.

This officer entered the Navy, 14 July, 1802 (under the auspices of his cousin. Sir Chas. Ogle), as Fst.-cl. Vol., on board the Alarm 32, commanded by the present Sir Wm. Parker, with whom he removed, in the following Nov., to the Amazon 38. In that ship he brought the Duke of Kent home from Gibraltar, assisted at the capture of the privateers Le Félix of 16 guns and 96 men, and Principe de la Paz of 24 guns, 4 swivels, and 160 men, united in the very spirited pursuit of a French frigate into Toulon, accompanied Lord Nelson to the West Indies and back in pursuit of the combined squadrons of France and Spain, and took part, 13 March, 1806, in a long running-fight, which terminated in the surrender to the London 98 and Amazon, whose loss extended to 4 men killed and 5 wounded, of the Marengo 80, bearing the flag of Rear-Admiral Linois, and 40-gun frigate Belle Poule. He was also employed in active co-operation with the patriots on the coast of Spain. On 22 Oct. 1808 (he had left the Amazon 4 Aug. preceding) he joined the Tigre 74, Capt. Benj. Hallowell, in the Mediterranean; where he was nominated, 5 March, 1809, Acting-Lieutenant of the Minorca 18, Capts. Phipps Hornby, T. Everard (Acting), and Ralph Randolph Wormeley. In the latter vessel, to which he was confirmed 19 July following, he continued employed, until July, 1811 – nearly the whole time as Senior Lieutenant. His next and last appointments were, 8 Nov. 1811 and 29 Jan. 1812, to the Christian VII. 80, and, as First-Lieutenant, to the Impregnable 98, bearing the flags on the Home station of Admirals Wm. Young and H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence. He was promoted to the rank of Commander 26 May, 1814, but did not leave the Impregnable until after that ship had brought over the Allied Sovereigns.

Commander Streatfeild married, 27 July, 1824, Anne, third daughter of Henry Woodgate, Esq., of Riverhill, near Seven Oaks, co. Kent, by whom he has issue an only daughter.