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Duncan, 1st Viscount of
Admiral Lord Duncan (1731-1804)

Arms: Gules two cinquefoils Argent and in base a horn Argent viroled and stringed Azure, and in chief for augmentation the Camperdown medal pendant from a naval crown Or

SOURCE, NOTES & CREDITS: Source for blazon: J.H. Gaylor, B&W Illustration: Debrett’s 1904, pp153-54. Text and Bio D.Q. Wedvick based Debrett’s 1904, pp153-54, L.G. Pine’s, New Extinct Peerage, 1972, page 50) and from the Wikipedia article.

Adam Duncan was born on 1 July 1731, the second son of Alexander Duncan of Lundie, Provost of Dundee, in Forfarshire ( later Co. Angus ) Scotland. Adam inherited the estate of Gleneagles becoming 19th of Gleneagles from a cousin and Lundie from his older brother. He was a career naval officer and as Admiral Duncan, he was largely responsible in suppressing the mutiny of the British fleet at the Nore and hanging the ringleader, Richard Parker, from the yardarm of his flagship on 30 June 1797. A little later in the year he became the Victor of the Great Naval Battle off Camperdown on 11 Oct 1797 receiving the sword of the Dutch Admiral de Winter in surrender. He became an instant national hero with King George III coming aboard his flagship to offer his congratulations upon his return to England. On the 30th October 1797 he was made a peer as the 1st Viscount Duncan of Camperdown and 1st Baron Duncan of Lundie. Admiral Duncan died on 4 August 1804 age 73. His son and successor, the 2nd Viscount, was made of Earl of Camperdown in 1831. The peerages went extinct in 1933.

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor

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