Friday, June 29

Captain Edward Fellowes


This officer, a son of the late William Fellowes, of Ramsey Abbey, Esq., M. P. for the town of Andover, and brother of William Henry Fellowes, Esq. the present representative of the county of Huntingdon, was a Lieutenant in 1793, commanded the Albicore sloop in 1795, and obtained post rank in the Tourterelle, of 26 guns, Dec. 7, in the same year. He was present at the reduction of St. Lucia, by Sir Hugh C. Christian and Sir Ralph Abercromby; and soon after that event removed into the Alarm frigate. On the 23d Nov. 1796, he captured the Spanish corvette El Galgo, of 18 guns, off Grenada. This vessel had on board specie to the amount of 80,355 dollars.

In Feb. 1797, the Alarm formed part of the squadron under the orders of Rear-Admiral Harvey, at the conquest of Trinidad +; she was subsequently employed on the Jamaica station, where Captain Fellowes cruized with very great activity and considerable success, taking, among other prizes, a Spanish brig of war, pierced for 18 guns, with a cargo of sugar; and the Felice schooner, of 14 guns and 80 men.

Our officer's next appointment was to the Acasta, a frigate of the largest class, in which he captured the Spanish ship la Juno, of 8 guns, pierced for 16, laden with cocoa and indigo; an armed polacre, with a cargo of brandy, wine, and dry goods; a French schooner, laden with coffee; two French row-boats, schooner rigged; two Spanish doggers; a xebec, of 16 guns, with a cargo similar to that of the polacre, and a number of unarmed merchant vessels laden with coffee, sugar, plantains, fustick, corn, stock, &c.; and destroyed la Victoire French privateer, of 10 guns and 60 men, under the batteries of Aguader.

Captain Fellowes returned to England with the homeward bound trade under his protection, in Sept. 1801 ; and continued to command the Acasta until the following spring. In the summer of 1805 he was appointed to the Apollo, a new frigate; and in 1806, we find him employed under the orders of Sir W. Sidney Smith, in co-operation with the British army on the shores of Calabria. Major-General Stuart, in his official account of the battle of Maida, made the most grateful mention of Captain Fellowes's "solicitude for the success of the campaign; his promptitude in sending on shore supplies for the troops; his anxiety to assist the wounded; and the tenderness with which he treated them."

Our officer subsequently commanded the Conqueror, of 74 guns, on the Mediterranean station, from whence he returned to England in 1812; since which time his health has not allowed him to be in active service. He was advanced to the rank of Rear-Admiral, June 4, 1814. His lady is the eldest daughter of the late R. Benyon, Esq., M. P. for Peterborough.

Residence.—29, Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London.

From: "Royal Naval Biography; Or, Memoirs of the Services of All the Flag-officers, Superannuated Rear-admirals, Retired-captains, Post-captains, and Commanders, Whose Names Appeared on the Admiralty List of Sea Officers at the Commencement of the Present Year, Or who Have Since Been Promoted; Illustrated by a Series of Historical and Explanatory Notes ... With Copious Addenda: Memoirs of all the flag-officers of His Majesty's fleet now living" 

by: John Marshall
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823
pg 703

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