re: "From the marriage settlement of Rev Robert Hardy and Sophia Adair Howard (Robin Adair's reputed daughter) dated 14 Sept 1792. John Adair Hawkins of Great Marlborough Street, Saint James, Westminster, Esquire, a trustee. Still a trustee in 1815." ................. Would you know if Rev. Robert Hardy was connected to Capt. Thomas Masterman Hardy ?Thankyou.
HMS "Victory" had a crew of 820 men commanded by Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy.
There were 9 Commissioned Officers, 21 Midshipmen and 77 Non-commissioned Warrant and Petty Officers, the rest of the crew comprised of Able and Ordinary Seamen, Landsmen, supernumeries and 31 boys.
Also within this complement was a detachment of 146 Royal Marines from the Chatham Division, commanded by Captain Charles Adair.
The Royal Marines were trained to work alongside the Royal Navy. These men had their own officers and senior ratings and worked as a group within the ships company.
The marines would provide the ceremonial guard when required, stand sentry outside the Admiral or Captain's cabin and would provide guards for the ships powder magazines and spirit room.