Naval General Service 1793-1840,
Lot 1
Naval General Service 1793-1840,
Sold for £19,200 (US$ 31,374) inc. premium

Lot Details
Naval General Service 1793-1840,
three bars, Boat Service 4 June 1805, Emerald 13 March 1808, Off Tamatave 20 May 1811 (J.McKillop, Master's Mate.). Toned, extremely fine. (1)

Footnotes

  • Lieutenant John McKillop was born in March 1788 at Glenarm Co. Antrim and was the son of the late David McKillop who served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy for 50 years. He entered the Navy on the 10th October 1804 as First Class Volunteer on board the Loire under Captain F.L.Maitland, with whom he continued almost uninterruptedly to serve, in the same ship, and in the Volontaire and Emerald until September 1810. He was under the fire, during that period, of the batteries in Muros Bay, when they were gallantly stormed and carried, and the privateers Confiance and Belier taken, by the boats under the late Sir Jas. Lucas Yeo, 4 June 1805; assisted, on the 23rd of the same month, in capturing Le Valliant of 30 guns; was in company, 24 Dec following, with L'Egyptienne frigate, at the capture, after an obstinate resistance, of La Libre of 40 guns; conveyed, in July, 1806, to Sir Rich. Keats, off L'Orient, intelligence which led to the capture of Le Rhin, contributed further, in the course of 1807, to the capture of many other vessels and the blockade of Rochefort; witnessed, on the night of 13 March 1808, the destruction, in Vivero harbour, in face of a desperate opposition, of a large French schooner, L'Apropos, of 8 guns and 70 men; and was present, as Midshipman, in April 1809, at the destruction of the French shipping in Basque Roads. Becoming Master's Mate, in Sept 1910, of the Astrea of 42 guns and 271 men, Capt Chas Marsh Schomberg, Mr McKillop proceeded to the Cape of Good Hope; and on 20 May 1811, when in company off Madagascar, with the Phoebe and Galatea frigates similar in force to the Astrea, and 18 gun brig Racehorse, he assisted - after a long and warmly contested action with the French 40 gun frigates Renommee, Clorinde, and Nereide, and a loss to the Astrea of 2 killed and 16 wounded at the capture of Renomme, and, on 25 of the same month, of the Nereide and the settlement of Tamatave. As a reward for his conduct on the occasion he was nominated, 30 June following, Acting-Lieutenant of the Astrea. He was confirmed to her 8 May 1812 but went on half-pay on her return under Captain John Eveleigh, to England in September 1813 and has not been since afloat. He married Anne, eldest daughter of the late Thos. Dickey, Esq., of Ballymena, co. Antrim by whom he has issue five children.
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