Francis Austen

Died aged 91

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Francis William Austen, GCB (23 April 1774 – 10 August 1865) was a Royal Navy officer and an elder brother of the novelist Jane Austen. As commanding officer of the sloop HMS Peterel, he captured some 40 ships, was present at the capture of a French squadron, and led an operation when the French brig Ligurienne was captured and two others were driven ashore off Marseille during the French Revolutionary Wars. On the outbreak of Napoleonic Wars Austen was appointed to raise and organise a corps of Sea Fencibles at Ramsgate to defend a strip of the Kentish coast. He went on to be commanding officer of the third-rate HMS Canopus, in which he took part in the pursuit of the French Fleet to the West Indies and back and then fought at the Battle of San Domingo, leading the lee line of ships into the battle. He later commanded the third-rate HMS St Albans and observed the Battle of Vimeiro from the deck of his ship before embarking British troops retreating after the Battle of Corunna. He went on to be commanding officer of the third-rate HMS Elephant and captured the United States privateer Swordfish during the War of 1812. As a senior officer Austen served as Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station.

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Jane Austen Heritage Trail #9

JANE AUSTEN Author: 1775-1817 DOLPHIN HOTEL It is said that Jane celebrated her 18th birthday here in the ballroom of the Dolphin on 16 December 1793 with her brother Frank. Jane was staying with her cousins, the Butler-Harrisons, in St Mary's Street. John Butler-Harrison was twice Mayor of Southampton. When she was living in Southampton in the winter of 1808/09, according to Jane's letters, she attended two other dances at the Dolphin ballroom, a beautiful bow-windowed room on the first floor.

35 High Street, Southampton, United Kingdom where they visited