Morgan family papers  1834-1913
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Sir Henry Hotham was born on February 19, 1777, and educated at the Royal Naval Academy at Portsmouth before beginning his naval career in 1790. He served in the English Channel, the Mediterranean, and in the Bay of Biscay. Upon the renewal of hostilities with France in 1803 in the Napoleonic Wars, Hotham was first assigned to the Impérieuse before being transferred to the 44-gun ship Révolutionnaire , where he served in North American and European theatres. He later captained the Defiance and Northumberland , and continued to patrol the French and Spanish coasts. In 1813 Hotham was named captain of the fleet for the North American and West Indian station, and upon returning to England he commanded a squadron in the Bay of Biscay. He later served as lord of the Admiralty and commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean. Sir Henry Hotham died on April 19, 1833.

The Révolutionnaire had been part of the French fleet before being taken as a prize by Captain Edmund Nagle and the HMS Artois in 1794.