David Hotchkiss


Personal and Family Information

David was born on 6 OCT 1755 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, the son of James Hotchkiss and Elizabeth Cleghorn.

His wife was E Herbert. They were married, but the date and place have not been found. Their two known children were James (c1782-?) and Elizabethae (c1784-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


David Hotchkiss


James Hotchkiss


Thomas Hotchkiss


John Hotchkiss




Elizabeth Cleghorn


Thomas Cleghorn


Sophia Lewe



Birth6 OCT 1755
Place: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
ChristeningABT 1755
Place: St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland


OccupationLost his left leg while serving as a Lieutenant of the PRESTON 50, in the action off the Dogger Bank in 1781.




Note 1

!Source: IGI as of Mar 1991.

!Source: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ Old Parish Births and Baptisms

No Date Surname Forename Parent Names/Frame No. Sex Parish


!Source: Tree of the Family of Hotchkiss of Hoxwood in the County of Salop copied from Heralds College.

Abstracted from the Records in the College of Arms, London, Septermber 29th 1800. C35 fo 59.

Pim Salop, Signed Francis Townsend, Windosor Herald, Francis Martin Blue Mantle.

Later part added by Richard James Hotchkis, son of James Hotchkis 1904, singed Richard Ja Hotchkis

!Source: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/A_Naval_Biographical_Dictionary/Hotchkis,_John

Thanks to: Valerie Anderson

A Naval Biographical Dictionary by William Richard O'Byrne

Hotchkis, John


JOHN HOTCHKIS was born 28 Aug. 1766. One of his brothers, Adam, was killed in India, in the Medical Service of the Company, in 1780; another, Alexander, a Lieutenant of Marines, perished in the same year on board the STIRLING CASTLE 64, on the coast of America; and a third, David, lost his left leg while serving as a Lieutenant of the PRESTON 50, in the action off the Dogger Bank in 1781.

This officer entered the Navy, in Oct. 1778, as Captain’s Servant, on board the CRESCENT 28, Capt. Chas. Hope, with whom he continued to serve as Midshipman of the IPHIGENIA 32, and LEOCADIA 38, on the Home and Newfoundland stations, until the peace of 1783. Re-embarking, in 1793, as Master’s Mate, on board the GIBRALTAR 80, Capts. Thos. Mackenzie and John Pakenham, he had an opportunity, under the former officer, of witnessing Lord Howe’s action of 1 June, 1794, on which occasion he was sent into port as Acting-Master of the NORTHUMBERLAND 74, one of the prizes taken by the British. On proceeding to the Mediterranean Mr. Hotchkis was there promoted, 17 June, 1795, to a Lieutenancy in the ÇA IRA 80, Capt. Chas. Dudley Pater. He remained in that ship until burnt out, in consequence of her having accidentally caught fire, in San Fiorenza Bay, 11 April, 1796; after which we find him employed, from 26 Sept. in the same year until May, 1797, on board the MONMOUTH 64, Capt. the Earl of Northesk, in the North Sea. He then invalided, from badness of sight, and did not again go afloat. He became a Retired Commander on the Junior List 26 Nov. 1830, and on the Senior 21 Dec. 1833.

Commander Hotchkis married, first, 9 Nov. 1800, Mary, daughter of Rich. Pearce, Esq., co. Westmeath. That lady dying in 1830, he espoused, secondly, in 1832, a daughter of Thos. Hart, Esq., a Major in the Hon.E.I.Co.’s service, by whom he has issue one son.

!Source: https://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_crewman&id=9022

Thanks to: Valerie Anderson

David Hotchkis

Nationality British

Roles Naval Sailor

First Known Service 27.8.1779 CSORN

Last Known Service 1797 CSORN

Event History

Date from Date to Event Source

27.8.1779 Lieutenant CSORN

1790 Was a pensioned lieutenant on 5s per day , Commander and Commanding Officer BWAS-1714

4.1796 1797 Puissant , Commander and Commanding Office BWAS-1793

10.1797 Receiving a pension of 5s per day as a "captain receiving pensions on account of wounds" SNL1799

Sources: Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner-Smith, Robert L. DiNardo, David Syrett, Web Site

ref: Book

BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714-1792Rif Winfield, Book

BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817Rif Winfield, Book

SNL1799 Steele's Navy List October 1799Steele, Book

See also https://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_ship&id=7103 [Terror.]

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