one bar, Terpischore 13 Octr 1796 (W.L.Paterson, Volunteer.). Fitted with silver riband bar, and buckle on riband. Very fine. (1)
William Love Paterson was born 17.3.1781 at Doneraile, Co. Cork. his brother Thos Paterson was Master's Mate of H.M.S.Arrow was killed in a boat affair in the Gulf of Venice 4.6.1804, aged 21. He entered the Navy on 6.10.1796 as a Volunteer on board the Terpischore. On the 13th of the same month he assisted at the capture, off the port of Carthagena, of the Mahonesa Spanish frigate, after a spirited contest of an hour and 20 minutes in which the enemy had 30 killed and 30 wounded and the British suffered only 4 wounded. On the 13th December he was present off Cadiz in another determined action of an hour and 40 minutes, which terminated in the surrender to the Terpischore of the frigate La Vestale. In the summer of 1797 he was cooperating in the bombardment of Cadiz and employed as Midshipman in the Terpischore, in Lord Nelson's attack upon Santa Cruz, Tenerife, where Captain Bowen was killed. He quit the Terpischore in January 1800 and spent the next five years on Triton, Port Mahon, and Impetueux. He was nominated to Sub Lieutenant, and later Lieutenant of the Surinam and then attached to the tartarus. He then went with this vessel later that year against Copenhagen and on 25.4.1808 he assisted in her boats with those of the Daphne, at the cutting out, with a loss to the British of only 5 persons wounded, of a convoy of 10 deeply laden vessels, moored close under the foot of a castle mounting 10 guns, in the harbour of Fladstrand, near the Skawe, defended also by a heavy fire from another battery, as well as from the crews of the vessels assembled on the beach, and made fast to the shore by hawsers. With the exception of a short command, held between June and November 1811 of the Cuttle schooner, at Halifax, he continued employed in the Tartarus, on the American, West India and Cork Stations until May 1815. He accepted the rank of retired Commander on 3.2.1847. He married 9.4.1811 a Miss Priscilla Blight of Plymouth.