The Usher Family of Scotland Admiral John RIVETT-CARNAC
Thomas RIVETT M.P.
Anna Maria SIBLEY
(1726-Abt 1820)
Henrietta FISHER


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Maria Jane DAVIS

Admiral John RIVETT-CARNAC 3

  • Born: 28 Jun 1796, Bombay, India 4
  • Christened: 17 Aug 1796, Bombay, India 5
  • Marriage: Maria Jane DAVIS on 15 Mar 1826 in All Soul's Church, St. Marylebone, London, Middlesex 1 2 3
  • Died: 1 Jan 1869 aged 72 5

  General Notes:



CARNAC J Rivett Capt.

Unlike his brothers Sir James and Henry, Admiral John regarded "Rivett-Carnac", complete with hyphen, as his correct surname throughout his adult life. His sons seem to have followed his example consistently; his daughters occasionally contented themselves with "Carnac" only.

Entered the royal navy in 1810; obtained his first commission in Oct. 1818; and subsequently serverd as lieutenant of the Racehorse sloop, Captains the Hon. George P. Campbell and Charles Abbot, in the Mediterranean; Rochfort 80, flag-ship of Sir Graham Moore, commander-in-chief on that station; Galatea 42, Captain Sir Charles Sullivan, fitting out at Deptford; and Success 28, Captain James Stirling, employed in examining the western coast of New Holland, previous to the establishment of the colony at Swan River*. He was made a commander on the 30th April, 1827; appointed to the Wellesley 74, Captain Samuel Cambell Rowley, Sept. 21st, 1830; and paid off from that ship Jan. 21st, 1832.
*See Suppl. Part IV. p. 200.

Source. Royal Navy Biography, Marshall, John. Longmans, London 1835. Vol. IV, part 2. p. 226 6

  Christening Notes:

(IOLR: N/3/3/341).

  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth, 27 Jun 1796, Bombay, India. 5

Emigration: from India with his mother, 1804, England. 5

Military Service: Entered the Royal Naval College at Portsmouth. , Feb 1810. 1

Military Service, 29 Apr 1813. 1 Appointed Midshipman in the Junon 38, Capt. Jas. Sanders. In the boats of this frigate he assisted at the capture of two American schooners of 6 and 8 guns., took part in operations by Sir George Cockburn in the Chesapeake and contributed, under Lieut. Philip Westphal, to the defeat of ten gun-boats which in July 1813 attacked the Martin 45. when aground in Delaware Bay. A month earlier he had been present at the attacks on Craney Island and Hampton.

Military Service, Oct 1814. 1 Joined, with Capt. Sanders. the Sybille 38. commanded subsequently by Capt. Thos. Forrest, with whom he went to Greenland in the search for Commodore Rodgers. Then transferred to the Berwick 74. Capt. Edward Brace, on the Mediterranean station, and to the Boyne 98 and Queen Charlotte 100, both flagships of Lord Exmouth.

Military Service: Passed his Navy examinations, 13 May 1816. 1

Military Service: Mid-1816 Algiers expedition, still serving under Lord Exmouth. , 1816. 1

Military Service, 1816-1818. 1 1816-1818 - Admiralty-Midshipman in the Inconstant 36. under Sir Jas. Lucas Yeo, on the coast of Africa, and in the Vengeur 74. Capt. Thos. Alexander, guard-ship at Portsmouth. 1/10/1818 - Promoted to Lieutenant in the Albion 74. bearing the flag in the Mediterranean of Sir Chas. Vinicombe Penrose. 23/1/1819 - Joined the Racehorse 18., Capts. Hon. Geo. Pryse Campbell and Chas. Abbott, and on 7/11/1821 the Rochfort 80. flagship of Sir Graham Moore., also on the Mediterranean station.

Military Service: Joined the Galatea 42. Capt. Sir Chas. Sullivan, fitting at Deptford, and on 23/1/1826 the Success 28. Capt. Jas. Stirling. , 22 Aug 1825. 1

Military Service: Early 1827 - Seems still to have been in the Success 28. engaged in examining the western coast of Australia prior to the establishment of the colony at Swan River. , 1827. 5

Military award, 30 Apr 1827. 5 Promoted to Commander.

Military Service: Appointed to the Wellesley 74 as Second-Captain to Sir Edward Codrington. This was John's last service afloat and after he left the ship on 21/1/1832 he did not go to sea again. , 21 Sep 1830. 5

Military award, 1 Oct 1837. 1 Promoted to Captain RN.

Residence. 5 Prior to his mother Henrietta's death at the end of 1837 his wife and family, and he himself when ashore, had been living with her in Baker Street when not visiting Davis and other relatives. Early in 1838, his career at sea having ended, he settled at 46 Devonshire Street, Portland Place, London, which remained his principal residence (he owned another house at Broadstairs, Kent) for the rest of his life.

Military award, 18 Jun 1857. 5 Promoted to Rear-Admiral.

Military award, 30 Nov 1863. 5 Promoted to Vice-Admiral.

Military award, 8 Apr 1868. Promoted to Admiral
source - Navy Lists etc.

John married Maria Jane DAVIS, daughter of Samuel DAVIS and Henrietta BOILEAU, on 15 Mar 1826 in All Soul's Church, St. Marylebone, London, Middlesex.1 2 3 (Maria Jane DAVIS was born circa 1805 in India 7 and died on 23 Nov 1882 in , Stow On The Wold, Gloucestershire, England 8.)


1 O'Byrne's Naval Biographies, 1847.

2 Pallot's Marriage Index for England: 1780 - 1837, Carnac, John Rivett (Esq)
Spouse: Davis, Maria Jane
Marriage Date: 1826
Residence: of St M'bone


3 John Bernard Burke Esq., A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire, 15th Ed. (London: Henry Colburn, 1853), p. 169.

4 William Courthorpe Esq., editor, Debrett's Baronetage of England (London: J. G. & F. Rivington, 1839), p. 453.

5 Rivett-Carnac Register.

6 John Marshall, Royal Navy Biography or, Memoirs of the Services of all the Flag-Officers, Superannuated Rear-Admirals, Retrired-Captains, Post-Captains, and Commanders (London: Longmans, 1833), vol. IV, part 2: p. 226.

7 1881 British Census Index.

8 Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, Clan Chiefs, Scottish Feudal Barons, 3 vols. (Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage & Gentry LLC, 2003), vol. III: p. 3353.

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