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Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable
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Merchant Adventurers: Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of HMS Indefatigable

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Presentation by Heather Noel-Smith and Lorna M. Campbell for the Press Gangs, Conscripts and Professionals Conference, National Museum of the Royal Navy, September 2013.

Presentation by Heather Noel-Smith and Lorna M. Campbell for the Press Gangs, Conscripts and Professionals Conference, National Museum of the Royal Navy, September 2013.

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  • Cadogan’s father forwarded his son’s letter to Earl Spencer, by then the Home Secretary, with the following covering letter: 1st Earl Cadgoan to Earl Spencer“I here enclose you a most melancholy letter form poor George I receive this day, and shall make no other observations on it. Except that I flatter myself, as he has been honourably acquitted of the charges brought against him, and his brought his ships crew to condign punishment, that no obstacle can now be brought forward to his preferment on that score. What I most fear for is his health in that cursed climate.”
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    • 1. Merchant Adventurers Alex McVicar and John McKerlie of the Indefatigable By Heather Noel-Smith and Lorna M. Campbell Press Gangs, Conscripts and Professionals Conference, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, 6th – 7th Sept 2013
    • 2. Introduction HMS Indefatigable Joining the Western Squadron by J.T. Serres, 1800, www.christies.com.
    • 3. Captain Sir Edward Pellew Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, by James Northcote, © National Portrait Gallery.
    • 4. The Droits de L’Homme Engagement Destruction of the Droits de L’Homme by Ebenezer Colls, © National Maritime Museum.
    • 5. The Droits de L’Homme Engagement Vaisseau Droits de l’Homme by Leopold le Guen, public domain image.
    • 6. The Droits de L’Homme Engagement Muster table of His Majesty’s Ship the Indefatigable between 1st January and 28th February 1797, © The National Archives.
    • 7. Alex McVicar, born Leith, 1768 Leith Pier and Harbour by J Waddell, © Peter Stubbs, www.edinphoto.org.uk, used with permission.
    • 8. Fleetwood Pellew on Alex McVicar Annotations to Osler’s Life of Admiral Lord Exmouth, private collection. “Capt Bell and Capt Thomas Groube were both taken from a West Indiaman. Capts Gaze and McVicar the same (merchant vessels).”
    • 9. John McKerlie, born Glenluce, Wigtonshire, 1775 Wigtonshire, W. H. Lizars, Edinburgh
    • 10. The Arethusa Frigate Scudding Under Foresail in a Storm, © National Maritime Museum. HMS Arethusa
    • 11. The Western Squadron The Western Squadron leaving Falmouth by Derek G M Gardner, © Bonhams.
    • 12. Captain Sir John Borlase Warren Sir John Borlase Warren, by M. Oates, © National Maritime Museum.
    • 13. The Command of the Ocean by N.A.M. Rodger “…the disappointed midshipmen, embittered and often hard drinking men in their thirties or even forties who had hoped and failed to get a commission.”
    • 14. Midmn to 7th June 1796 then Mr’s Mate to 4th Septr then Midsmn to 27th Sept 96 then Mastr’s Mate to 30th Oct 1796 then Mid to 11th Decr 96 then Mr’s Mate Muster table of His Majesty’s Ship the Indefatigable between the 1st of January and the 28th of February 1797 © The National Archives.
    • 15. Qr Gr to the 1st Jany 97 then school mastr Muster table of His Majesty’s Ship the Indefatigable between the 1st of January and the 28th of February 1797 © The National Archives.
    • 16. Muster table of His Majesty’s Ship the Indefatigable between the 1st of January and the 28th of February 1797 © The National Archives.
    • 17. A British Vessel Taking a Prize, by E.B. Eagles, 1805 © The National Maritime Museum.
    • 18. Nicholas Pateshall Nicholas Lechmere Pateshall, circle of Domenico Pellegrini, © Sotheby’s.
    • 19. Nicholas Pateshall to Edmund Pateshall Nicholas Pateshall to Edmund Pateshall, 20th January 1797, © Herefordshire Archives.
    • 20. Nicholas Pateshall to Edmund Pateshall “The most valuable of our prizes which I mentioned in my last was retaken by a French privateer within 5 miles of Falmouth in which I lost a worthy messmate and two other midshipmen.” Nicholas Pateshall to Edmund Pateshall, 20th January 1797, © Herefordshire Archives.
    • 21. Muster of His Majesty’s Ship the Phoebe, June 1797, © The National Archives. French Cartell belonging to Indefatigable Jas Bray Alexr McVicar Wm Brenton D D 13 Jun D
    • 22. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer. First Lord of the Admiralty, 1794 - 1801 George John, 2nd Earl Spencer, by John Singleton Copely, © National Portrait Gallery.
    • 23. The Public Schools Historical Atlas by C. Colbek, 1905.
    • 24. Earl Spencer to Sir Edward Pellew Dear Sir The Vacancy for lieutenant in the Thames having been officially reported the board have filled it accordingly and had this not been the case Mr McKerlie not having passed the usual examination it would not have been in my power to comply with your wishes in that gentleman’s behalf but I shall have great pleasure in doing so as soon after he is qualified and I can find a proper opening for him. I am dear Sir Edward, your very obedient humble servant. Spencer. Admiralty 7 August 1800 Earl Spencer to Captain Sir Edward Pellew, 7th August 1800, © National Maritime Museum
    • 25. “McKerlie you have lost one hand already, and if you loose the other you will not have anything to wipe your b******* with; you will remain on board with the first lieutenant and fight the ship as she is to engage an 8-gun battery.” Royal Naval Biography, Supplement, Part III by John Marshall
    • 26. Alex McVicar to Evan Nepean, Leith, 4th June 1802 © The National Archives Alex McVicar to Evan Nepean
    • 27. Caledonian Mercury, December 2, 1802
    • 28. M Vicar Alexr McVicar Lieut of the Navy & Margt Reid Daugr to Alexr Reid Mercht Leith Gave up their Names for Marriage Old Parish Records Marriages, Cannongate, 11th April 1803, © Scotland’s People.
    • 29. The Lancaster Gazette, 21st October 1809.
    • 30. Leith – Edinburgh Dock, Cassells Old and New Edinburgh Illustrated by James Grant © Peter Stubbs, www.edinphoto.org.uk, used with permission.
    • 31. The Battle of Trafalgar by C. F. Stanfield, public domain image.
    • 32. Thomas Telford Thomas Telford By William Raddon after Samuel Lane © National Portrait Gallery.
    • 33. The Charts and Plans Referred to in the Report from the Committee Appointed to Examine into Mr Telford’s Report and Survey, 15th June 1809.
    • 34. Walcheren Expedition, unattributed image, http://2ndbattalion84thfoot- yorkandlancasterregiment.co.uk/
    • 35. The Bombardment of Algiers, George Chambers, 1836, © Royal Museums Greenwich.
    • 36. HMS Vernon in a trail of sailing with the Experimental Squadron, unknown artist, © Royal Museums Greenwich.
    • 37. “Simply to reach warrant rank was, socially and financially, to “break even” by the change, for low pay in the Navy was counterbalanced by prize money, half-pay and widow’s pensions. To reach commissioned rank was to open new worlds of honour and profit.” The Wooden World: An anatomy of the Georgian Navy, by N.A.M. Rodger.
    • 38. “There were certainly many who achieved modest good fortune in the Navy, reaching warrant or commissioned rank without ever marking a mark in history.” The Wooden World: An anatomy of the Georgian Navy, by N.A.M. Rodger.
    • 39. HMS Indefatigable Joining the Western Squadron by J.T. Serres, 1800, www.christies.com.
    • 40. Further Information • Indefatigable1797.wordpress.com – http://indefatigable1797.wordpress.com • Heather Noel-Smith – Heather.noel-smith@sky.com • Lorna M. Campbell – Lorna.m.campbell@icloud.com

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