Robert Duff

Admiral + Governor + Military Person
Born 1721

Robert Duff was an officer of the Royal Navy during the War of the Austrian Succession, the Seven Years' War and the American War of Independence. He rose to the rank of Admiral, and served briefly as colonial governor of Newfoundland.

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1721 Birth Born in 1721.


1744 23 Years Old He was advanced to commander on 4 December 1744, and by 1746 was in command of the bomb vessel, serving off the Scottish coast. … Read More


1755 34 Years Old Duff's next ship was the 50-gun, which he joined in 1755.
1758 37 Years Old He spent several years cruising, either independently or as part of the main fleet, and in 1758 was part of Commodore Richard Howe's squadron defending the expeditions against St Malo, Cherbourg and St Cas.
1759 38 Years Old He became senior officer of a small squadron stationed off Brittany in 1759, watching the French fleet in Morbihan, while a fleet under Edward Hawke blockaded Brest, France. … Read More


1762 41 Years Old Duff saw action at the capture of Martinique during January and February 1762, but owing to his seniority, he refused to serve as Rodney's flag-captain, and was sent home.
1764 43 Years Old In 1764 he married Helen Duff, the daughter of his cousin, the first Earl of Fife. … Read More


1776 55 Years Old His posting was brief, in 1776 he became rear-admiral of the white and in September 1777 he was appointed to the command of the Mediterranean, with the 60-gun as his flagship. … Read More
1778 57 Years Old He had been promoted to vice-admiral of the blue on 29 January 1778, and was advanced to vice-admiral of the white later that year, but held no further command after his return to England in 1780.


1787 66 Years Old His portrait was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds for Greenwich Hospital. Increasingly ill with gout during his later years, he died at Queensferry on 6 June 1787, his death being attributed to an attack of gout in the stomach. … Read More
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