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HUMPHREYS (later HUMPHREYS-DEVONPORT ), Sir SALUSBURY PRYCE ( 1778 - 1845 ), rear-admiral ;

b. in Nov. 1778 , son of Evan Humphreys , rector of Montgomery and of Clungunford ; his mother ( Mary ) was daughter of Salusbury Pryce , for fifty-three years rector of Meifod . He is recorded here because as captain of the Leopard in 1807 , he seized the American warship Chesapeake , an act which provoked a grave crisis in the U.S. attitude towards Britain , and also led to his own temporary retirement; later on, however, he became rear-admiral , and was knighted in 1834 . His additional surname ( 1838 ) was that of his second wife. He d. 15 Nov. 1845 .

Sources:

  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959