Admiral Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823), born John Jervis, joined the navy on his fourteenth birthday and was steadly promoted. During the French Wars he commanded the Mediterranean and Channel Fleets and was known as a stern disciplinarian. He was a full Admiral by 1795 and on February 14, 1797 his squadron defeated the Spanish fleet off Cape St. Vincent, for which victory he was made an Earl and awarded a pension of £3,000. He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet on George IV's coronation in 1821.
CAPTION: John Jervis, Admiral Earl St. Vincent, by Francis Cotes, 1769, courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery