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{{subst:Quick infobox|Sir George Parker|1767|1847|}} Sir George Parker (born 1767 died 1847), admiral, born in 1767, son of George Parker, the elder brother of Sir Peter Parker (1721–1811), was borne on the books of the Barfleur, at Portsmouth, under his uncle's command, from 21 December 1773 to 31 October 1775. Similarly, he was borne on the books of the Bristol, on the coast of North America and at Jamaica, from December 1777 to April 1780; but whether he was on board of her at all, or for how long, must remain doubtful. He probably went out to Jamaica in the end of 1779 or beginning of 1780. On 13 April he was entered on board the Lowestoft with his first cousin, Christopher Parker, son of the admiral, and in November followed him to the Diamond. On 13 March 1782 he was promoted to be lieutenant of the Nestor, with Captain James Macnamara, and went home in her in the summer of 1783. In 1787 he was appointed to the Wasp on the home station, and in October 1788 was moved into the Phœnix, going out to the East Indies under the command of Captain George Anson Byron. He continued in her with Sir Richard John Strachan, and after the action with the Résolue on 19 November 1791 was sent home with the commodore's despatches [see Cornwallis, Sir William]. In October 1792 he joined the Crescent frigate, with Captain James Saumarez, afterwards Lord de Saumarez, and was first lieutenant of her when she captured the French frigate Réunion on 20 October 1793. On 4 November Parker was promoted to command the Albacore sloop in the North Sea, and on 7 April 1795 he was posted to the Squirrel, also in the North Sea. From December 1796 to February 1802 he commanded the Santa Margarita in the Channel, West Indies, and Mediterranean. In 1804 he was captain of the Argo in the North Sea, and from April 1805 to May 1808 of the Stately, also in the North Sea, where, in company with the Nassau, on 22 March 1808 he captured the Danish 74-gun ship Prince Christian Frederick, which surrendered only after a most obstinate defence and a loss of 143 killed and wounded, the killed and wounded in the English ships amounting to fifty (James, iv. 319). A few minutes after the Danish ship struck her colours she ran aground, and, as she could not be got off, was set on fire and blown up. In May 1808 Parker was moved into the Aboukir, which he commanded in the North Sea, in the expedition to the Scheldt in 1810, and afterwards in the Mediterranean, till September 1813, when he was transferred to the Bombay, and in her returned to England in May 1814. On 4 June 1814 Parker attained the rank of rear-admiral. He never hoisted his flag, but became in due course vice-admiral on 27 May 1825, and admiral 10 January 1837; he was nominated a Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bathon 6 June 1837, and died of an attack of influenza on 24 December 1847. Parker married a daughter of Mr. Peter Butt, but left no issue.

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References[edit]

  1.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain

    J. K. L.

    (1895). "Parker, George (1767-1847) (DNB00)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 43. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 0.
     

DNB references[edit]

These references are found in the DNB article referred to above.

  1. O'Byrne's Nav. Biogr. Dictionary
  2. Marshall's Roy. Nav. Biogr. i. 639
  3. Gentlemen's Magazine 1848, part i. page 305
  4. Service Book in the Public Record Office.

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