Francis Wickham diary  1796
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William Young was born August 27, 1761 in Borrowstounness, Scotland. He entered the British Royal Navy on May 16, 1777, serving in Great Britain and in the Caribbean before entering the Navy's Transport department in December of 1794. As Principal Agent, Young helped coordinate the 1798 evacuation of Port-au-Prince. Young also worked with transports during engagements against the Dutch at Texel in 1799 and the Spanish at Ferrol in 1800. He was assigned to Lord Keith's flagship the Foudroyant in 1800 and served in the Mediterranean fleet. He was awarded the Turkish Order of the Crescent. Young became ill and returned home in 1801, where he served as an inspecting agent for transports on the Thames River from 1805 to 1830. He obtained the rank of Vice-Admiral in 1846.

William Young married Ann Spencer in 1789, and together they had thirteen children. He died February 11, 1847, in Surrey.