|Born||15 August 1792|
|Died||21 April 1862(aged 69)|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Place of death||Bath, Somerset, England|
|Years of service||1805-1862|
Captain George Duff RN|
The son of Captain George Duff RN, and Sophia Dirom, he was born at 9 South Castle Street, Edinburgh. He entered the Royal Navy in July 1805, just before his 13th birthday, serving aboard his father's ship HMS Mars as a midshipman. In October 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar his father was killed.
Duff was promoted to Lieutenant in September 1811 and was appointed Flag-Lieutenant to the commander-in-chief in February 1814. He served on HMS Euralyus. He was promoted to Commander on 15 June 1814 and appointed to command of the 18-gun brig-sloop HMS Espoir, part of the naval force in the $3 during the War of 1812, and later took part in the attack on New Orleans.
In October 1816 Duff was appointed to command of the 10-gun brig-sloop HMS Beaver and sent to the Caribbean, where he assumed command of the 18-gun HMS Rifleman in September 1817. He returned to England in August 1818.
He undertook an extensive continental European tour in 1819 of which he kept a journal. He was promoted to Post captain on 23 April 1822.
On the 10 June 1833 he married Helen Mary Shoolbred (daughter of East India Company Surgeon John Shoolbred 1766-1831) at Bath, Somerset and with her produced eight recorded children. The couple's eldest daughter, (Helen) Sophia Duff 1834 - 1930, married Boscawen Trevor Griffith (whose name later changed to later Griffith-Boscawen) as a result of which Norwich became the maternal grandfather of Arthur Sackville Trevor Griffith-Boscawen 1865 - 1946, a prominent British Conservative politician during the early decades of the twentieth century. Another daughter, Henrietta, was a novellist.
He died at Bath, Somerset, England on 21 April 1862. There is a portrait of him by Sir Henry Raeburn, and a metal plaque commemorates him in Bath Abbey.
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?cite=szDwGQv6aGno65DbFw%2FefQ&scan=1. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
- http://www.ageofnelson.org/MichaelPhillips/info.php?ref=0854 HMS Espoir
- http://www.ageofnelson.org/MichaelPhillips/info.php?ref=0296 HMS Beaver
- http://www.ageofnelson.org/MichaelPhillips/info.php?ref=1899 HMS Rifleman
- Women in the Literary Marketplace 1800-1900 http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/womenLit/getting_into_print/Duff_L.htm
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