Defiant and Dismasted at Trafalgar

The Life and Times of Admiral Sir William Hargood

Mary McGrigor

Date Published :
September 2004
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Born in 1762, William Hargood's naval career spanned over 30 years, as he rose from humble midshipman to the captain of one of the most powerful warships of the day at Trafalgar. He campaigned all over the known world: the Americas, West Indies, throughout the Mediterranean. Britain was hardly ever at peace during those troubled times and men like Hargood sought out her enemies wherever they could find them. This is the age of gold bullion, pirates, plunder and grapeshot.

During his career Hargood became a close friend of Admiral Lord Nelson and shared many an experience and triumph with him.

Hargood's Belleisle was dismasted in the thick of action at Trafalgar but never sunk.

About The Author

Lady Mary McGrigor grew up in a 15th-century Scottish castle which inspired her love of history. When she was twenty she married Sir Charles McGrigor who eventually retired to become a hill farmer in Argyll. Inspired by local artefacts she wrote a number of local histories before branching out into articles for Scottish Field. Anna, Countess of the Covenant, her biography of Lady Anna Mackenzie, was published by Birlinn in 2008. She lives near Port Sonachan in Argyll.

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