James Walker

Royal Navy Officer During the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
Born 1764

James Walker CB, CavTe was an officer of the Royal Navy. He served during the American War of Independence, and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, rising to the rank of Rear-Admiral. Walker spent his early years in the navy at first in British waters during the invasion scares of 1779, and then in North American waters where he saw action at most of the decisive naval battles of the war, particularly at the Chesapeake, St. Kitts and the Saintes.… Read More

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1764 Birth James Walker was born in 1764, the son of James Walker of Innerdovat, Fife and his wife the novelist, Mary Leslie, the third daughter of Alexander Melville, 5th Earl of Leven.


1776 - 1777 2 More Events
Walker continued to serve on her until June 1781, when he was transferred to the 98-gun, the flagship of Rear-Admiral Joshua Rowley.
1782 18 Years Old He continued on aboard Torbay, and was present at the Action of 18 October 1782, when Torbay and encountered the French 74-gun Scipion. … Read More
1783 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Walker received his lieutenant's commission on 8 May 1783.


1787 - 1789 3 More Events
1790 26 Years Old He transferred to the 32-gun on 24 January 1790, serving in the English Channel under Captain Richard Fisher.
1792 28 Years Old He left the ship in February 1792 and spent nearly a year at home. … Read More
1793 29 Years Old On 24 June 1793 he transferred to the 32-gun, which was then under Captain the Honourable Arthur Kaye Legge, as first-lieutenant. … Read More


1794 30 Years Old Walker's role as signal lieutenant secured him promotion to commander on 6 July 1794.
1795 31 Years Old 1 More Event
He went as a volunteer with Legge to, had a stint as acting commander of and in April 1795 he was in temporary command of the bomb vessel.
1797 33 Years Old 1 More Event
There it was suggested that he wait in Britain, and with the Spanish declaration of war, Walker was reinstated on the navy list in March 1797 by an order in council. … Read More
1798 34 Years Old Walker took command of the 64-gun on 8 February 1798, before transferring in quick succession to the 56-gun, the 98-gun, the 90-gun and lastly the 50-gun on 7 October 1800. … Read More
1801 37 Years Old Walker received an appointment to command the new 32-gun on 1 July 1801 and took a convoy of merchants to Jamaica.
1802 38 Years Old He continued to be employed, despite the drawdown of the navy following the Peace of Amiens, and received command of the 74-gun on 27 January 1802.
1803 39 Years Old With the resumption of hostilities in 1803 he was assigned to the Blockade of Saint-Domingue, and captured the 44-gun French frigate Créole, bound for Port au Prince with 530 troops under General Morgan. … Read More


1804 40 Years Old Walker was then given command of his prize, the Duquesne, on 2 March 1804, and sailed her from Jamaica to Chatham with only 160 men. … Read More
1805 41 Years Old He then received command of the 36-gun HMS Thalia on 1 March 1805 and escorted convoys to the East Indies and Quebec. … Read More
1807 43 Years Old In October 1807 Walker was transferred to the 74-gun and was sent to Lisbon with Sir Sidney Smith. … Read More


On Walker's return to Britain he asked for, and received, orders to join the fleet in the North Sea. Still in command of Bedford, he took part in the blockade of Flushing under Admiral John Ferrier, narrowly avoiding being wrecked in a gale on 14 January 1814. … Read More
1815 51 Years Old He was nominated a Companion of the Bath on 4 June 1815, and was promoted to rear-admiral on 19 July 1821. … Read More


1831 67 Years Old Rear-Admiral James Walker died at Blatchington, near Seaford, Sussex on 13 July 1831 at the age of 67, after a short illness. … Read More
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