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Sir Richard Bickerton, 2nd Baronet : biography

11 October 1759 - 9 February 1832

Admiral Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton, 2nd Baronet (11 October 1759 – 9 February 1832) was a British admiral.

Naval career

Bickerton joined the Royal Navy in 1771. He was present at the capture of Sint Eustatius in 1781. He went on to command HMS Invincible, HMS Russell, HMS Terrible, HMS Amazon and HMS Bruce. In 1787 he commissioned HMS Sibyl, before succeeding his father as a baronet in 1792. Later he commanded HMS Ruby, HMS Ramillies and the new HMS Terrible.

Bickerton commanded the squadron off Cádiz in 1800. By 1804 he was serving as Second-in-Command to Lord Nelson. Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2008 He was appointed a Lord of the Admiralty in 1807 and served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Poole from 1808 until 1812. He became Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1812, with Puissant as his flagship.

Flinders named Bickerton Island for him. He was electes a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1810.

He was knighted KCB in 1815. He assumed name of Hussey in 1823.

Early life

He was born the son of Vice Admiral Sir Richard Bickerton whom he succeeded as 2nd Baronet in 1792. He married in 1788 Anne, daughter of Dr James Athill of Antigua:they had no children.

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