Andrew Mitchell (Royal Navy officer)
Sir Andrew Mitchell
|Died||26 February 1806 (aged 48–49)|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Great Britain (1771–1800)|
United Kingdom (1801–06)
|Years of service||1771–1806|
|Commands held||North American Station|
East Indies Station
|Battles/wars||French Revolutionary Wars|
|Awards||Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath|
Mitchell entered service in 1771 as a midshipman on HMS Deal Castle. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1776, while serving in the West Indies and again promoted to post-captain, skipping the rank of commander, after distinguishing himself in action in 1778.
He distinguished himself again while serving with the 1782 expedition of Sir Edward Hughes in India. On 12 August 1782, Mitchell was captain of the frigate Coventry, when she encountered the French frigate Bellone off Friars Hood, Ceylon. After two-and-a-half hours, Bellone sailed away. Coventry had suffered 15 men killed and 29 wounded in the engagement.
In February, 1795 he received command of a ship in the Channel fleet of Admiral Howe. In June, 1795 he was promoted rear-admiral of the blue, and in 1799 vice-admiral and given the command of Sheerness.
For his service in this expedition he was appointed Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath, with his own ribbon (no stall being vacant at this time) by King George III in 1800. He was voted the thanks of Parliament, and the City of London presented him with a sword of honour at a value of 100 guineas.
He was commander-in-chief of the North America and West Indies Station from 1802 to his death in 1806. His wife Mary died years later and was buried in the crypt of St. Paul's Church (Halifax, Nova Scotia).
In 1805 he was raised to the rank of admiral of the blue. He died in Bermuda after a severe illness on 26 February 1806.
- Chalmers, P. (1844) Historical and statistical account of Dunfermline, Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood & Sons, pp. 306–307