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William Lukin (bef. 1768 - 1833)

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William was born William Lukin. He was the son of Katherine Doughty and George Lukin.

He later became William Lukin Windham. He was the heir of William Windham MP. [His father, George, was the half-brother of William Windham]

He was born 20 September 1768. William passed away on 12 Jan 1833. [1] William Lukin was born in the village of Felbrigg,[2] Norfolk on 20 September 1768.[1] He was the son of the Rev. George Lukin and Susan Katherine Doughty.[1] His father was the rector of Felbrigg and Aylmerton. The Rev. George Lukin was the half brother of William Windham.[3] who was the local squire of Felbrigg Hall and one time member of parliament for Norwich and Secretary at War in the Cabinet. Windham had a special affection for all the children of the Rev. Lukin and in particular William Lukin who would eventually become his heir.[1] The young William Lukin went to sea probably around 1781 at the age of 13.[1] He appears to have been a keen seaman and a fast learner and survived the harsh life in the navy, and by 1786 he had become a midshipman.[1]

Promotion through the ranks[edit]

In 1793 Lukin had become a Lieutenant,[1] and by 1795 he had been given command of HMS Hornet,[1] a 16-gun sloop. Soon after this appointment he was given the rank of Captain and with this promotion he was given HMS Thames,[1] a vessel of 32 guns, which had been re-captured on 8 June 1796 from the French who had initially captured the ship in 1793. As Britain faced war with France, Lukin’s career began to rise steadily in the Royal Navy especially with a powerful patron like William Windham. Windham did all he could to assist Lukin’s rapid advancement within the Navy through his great friendship with Lord George Spencer,[4] who was the First Lord of the Admiralty.[1]




  1. Entered by Gilly Wood, Dec 31, 2012


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