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A very singular proof of this fact took place about twelve months after the Camperdown fight. Two Dutch frigates, the Furie, of 36, and the Waakzamheid, of 26 guns, had been lying in the Texel many weeks with troops on board. Eager to seize the first probable opportunity of escaping, in order to effect a desultory descent on some part of the British dominions, being at last favoured by a strong easterly gale, which they flattered themselves had blown the English cruisers off their coast, they ventured out to sea on the 23d of October, 1798, under cover of a thick fog, but were both captured on the following day, by Capt. King, in the Sirius. His Lordship continued to retain the same command till the commencement of the year 1800; but the extreme caution of the enemy prevented him from finding any second opportunity of completing the destruction of the Dutch maritime power; and the surrender of their ships at the Texel, in the month of August, 1799, removed to a more remote period the possibility of acquiring in the same quarter similar honours to those gained off Camperdown.” b
His Lordship died August 4th, 1804, aged seventy-three, having married, June 6th, 1777, Henrietta, daughter of the late Right Hon. Robert Dundas, Lord President of the Court of Session in Great Britain, (elder brother of Viscount Melville) by whom be had
Five daughters, of whom, ...., married, on May 19ih, 1800, Sir Hugh Dalrymple Hamilton, Bart.; and Henrietta, married, December 5th, 1804, Major Ferguson, and has issue.
Also several sons, viz.
Fourth, ....., who had a commission in the foot-guards, and died of a consumption unmarried.
ROBERT, present and second Viscount Duncan, married, in January, 1805, Janet, daughter of the late Sir Hugh Hamilton Dalrymple, of Bargeny and North Berwick, Bart, and has had issue.
First, a son, born in October 1805, and died the next month.
Titles. Robert Duncan, Viscount Duncan, and Baron of Camperdown.
b Naval Chronicle, ut supra.
Creation. Viscount Duncan and Baron of Camperdown by patent, October 30th, 1797.
Arms. In the centre of his paternal coat (being gules, two cinque foils in chief, and a bugle born in base, stringed azure), pendant by a riband argent and azure, from a naval crown or, a gold medal, thereon two figures, the emblems of Victory and Britannia ; Victory alighting on the prow of an antique vessel crowning Britannia with a wreath of laurel; and below, the word “ Camperdown."
Crest. A first rate ship of war, with masts broken, rigging torn and in disorder floating on the sea, all proper; and over, the motto “ Disce pati.”
Supporters. On the dexter side an angel, mantle purpure; on the head a celestial crown; the right hand supporting an anchor proper; in the left a palm branch, or. On the sinister a sailor, habited and armed proper; his left hand supporting a staff, thereon hoisted a flag azure; the Dutch colours wreathed about the middle of the staff.
Motlo. SecundIS DUBIISQUE RECTUS.
Asheton Curzon, Viscourt CURZON, younger son of Sir Nathaniel Corzon, of Kedleston in Derbyshire, Bart, who died in 1758, by Mary, daughter and coheir of Sir Ralph Asheton, of Middleton in Lancashire, Bart. and younger brother of the late Nathaniel, Lord Scarsdale, was born February 20, 1729.
He was elected member of parliament for the borough of Clithero, 1754, 1762, 1768, 1774, and 1790; in which last parliament he sat till he was elevated to the peerage by the title of LORD Curzon, by patent dated August 13, 1794; from whence he was advanced to be Viscount Curzon, February 27, 1802.
His Lordship married, first, Esther Hanmer, only daughter of William Hanmer, Esq. of Hanmer-Bettisfield, and of Iscoyd, in the county of Flint, by whom (who died July 21st, 1764) he had issue,
First, Penn-Asheton, born January 31st, 1757 ; was member of parliament for Leominster, 1784, and for Leicestershire 1790, 1790; married, July 31, 1787, Sophia, BARONESS Howe, eldest daughter of Richard, last Earl Howe, Knight of the Garter; and died September 3d, 1797, leaving issue, Marianne, born August 21st, 1790; Leicester, born November 8th, 1792, since dead; George-Augustus, born May 14th, 1788, who died Japuary, 1805 ; Richard-William, born December gth, 1796.
Second, Esther, born December 24th, 1758; married, January 8th, 1778, to the late Sir George Bromley, Bart. who, by his Majesty's permission, April 6th, 1803, assumed the name and arms of Pauncefote, by whom she had issue one son, Sir Robert Howe Bromley, born November 28th, 1778; a captain in the navy.
Third, Mary, born February 11th, 1760, married, July 1st, 1779, to the present Lord Stawell, and died September 19th, 1804, leaving issue, Mary, born July 1780, married to the Hon. John Dutton.
Lord Curzon married, secondly, February 6th, 1766, Dorothy, sister to Richard, first Earl Grosvenor, by wbom (who died February 24th, 1774) he had issue.
Fourth, Jane, who died an infant.
Ninth, Charlotte, born November 5th, 1772, married, June 1799, to Dugdale Stratford Dugdale, Esq. of Merevale, Warwickshire; and member of parliament for that county.
Tenth, Robert, born February 13th, 1774, member of parliament for Clitheroe, 1796, 1802, 1806, 1807.
The Viscount married thirdly, April 17th, 1777, Anna-Margaretta, daughter of Amos Meredith, Esq. sister to the late Sir William Meredith, Bart. and widow of Barlow Trecothick, Esq. and by her (who died June 13th, 1804) had no issue.
His Lordship is LL. D.
Creations. Viscount, February 27th, 1802 ; Baron, August 13th, 1794.
drms. Argent, on a bend, sable, three popinjays, or, collared, gules.
Crest. On a wreath a popinjay, rising, or, collared, gules.
The Right Honourable Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville, iş “ descended of a family to which the historian and the genealogist have assigned an origin of high antiquity and splendour ; but wbich bas been still more remarkable for producing a series of men, eminently distinguished for their public services in the highest civil offices of Scotland. If the pride of ancestry is ever allowable, it is where those ancestors have adorned the stations wbich they filled, by that genuine merit, which, independently of rank, must bave entitled them to the respect and esteem of their fellow citizens. Such were the progenitors of Lord Melville, whose family have produced a succession of men, who, for four generations, have discharged the highest offices of the law in Scotland with equal abilities and integrity." a
The first of this ancient family of the surname of Dundas in the shire of West Lothian, was Huttred, a younger son of COSPATRIC, grandfather to Cospatric, first Earl of Dunbar and March. This is evident by comparing Dundas's original charter with a charter granted by King David I. to the Abbacy of Mel. rose, wherein this Huttredus is designed Filius Cospatricii: and he goes under the same designation in other charters, granted during the said reign, wherein he is witness.
Waldeve, son to Cospatric, about 1124, grants to Hellas, son
• Account of the Right Honourable Robert Dundas, of Arniston, Lord President of the Court of Session in Scotland, by Alexander Frazer Tytler, Esq (now Lord Woodhouselee) in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, vol. ii.