William Kerr (Royal Navy officer)

Commodore The Hon. William Kerr was a Royal Navy officer who served as Commander-in-Chief of the Jamaica Station.

William Kerr
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Commodore William Kerr
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Deptford
HMS Burlington
HMS Eagle
HMS Revenge
Jamaica Station

Naval careerEdit

Born a younger son of the Earl of Lothian, Kerr was promoted to post captain on 14 May 1690 on appointment to the command of the fourth-rate HMS Deptford.[1] He transferred to the command of the fourth-rate HMS Burlington in 1696, of the third-rate HMS Lenox later the same year and of the third-rate HMS Eagle in 1700.[1] He went on to receive the command the third-rate HMS Revenge in 1702.[1]

Promoted to Commodore, Kerr became Commander-in-Chief of the Jamaica Station in 1706.[2] Starved of resources including medicines to treat his men, who were sick from tropical diseases, Kerr was unable to prevent the Spanish ships from leaving port. On return his to England he was prosecuted, impeached and then dismissed from the Royal Navy.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "William Kerr". Three Decks. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. ^ Cundall, p. xx
  3. ^ Rodger, N. A. M. (2006). The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain 1649-1815. Penguin. ISBN 978-0141026909.


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Whetstone
Commander-in-Chief, Jamaica Station
Succeeded by
Sir John Jennings