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Philip Patton
Born 27 October 1739
Died 31 December 1815
Place of birth Anstruther, Fife
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1755–1815
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Aetna
HMS Prince George
HMS Belle Poule
The Downs
Battles/wars Seven Years' War
American Revolutionary War
Anglo-Dutch Wars

Admiral Philip Patton (27 October 1739 – 31 December 1815) was a Royal Navy officer.

Naval career[]

Educated at Kirkcaldy Grammar School,[1] Patton joined the Royal Navy in 1755.[2] As a junior officer he saw action at the Battle of Lagos in August 1759, the Battle of Quiberon Bay in November 1759 and the attack on Havana in June 1762.[2] Promoted to commander in May 1778, he was given command of the bomb vessel HMS Aetna at that time and of the second-rate HMS Prince George the following year.[2]

Promoted to captain in March 1779, he commanded Prince George at the attack on the Caracas Convoy and the Battle of Cape St. Vincent in January 1780.[2] He was given command of the fifth-rate HMS Belle Poule in February 1781 and commanded her at the Battle of Dogger Bank in August 1781.[2] Promoted to rear-admiral on 1 June 1795 and to vice-admiral on 1 January 1801, he became commander-in-chief Downs Station in 1803[1] and a Naval Lord in May 1804[3] before being promoted to full admiral on 4 June 1814.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Thornbrough
Commander-in-Chief, The Downs
Succeeded by
John Holloway

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