1st Viscount Bridport, Admiral Alexander Hood

2nd December 1726: Born in Butleigh, Somerset, to Vicar Samuel Hood and his wife Mary.

1740/1741: Entered Royal Navy (at same time as older brother Samuel).

1746: Appointed lieutenant (at same time as brother Samuel).

1756: Promoted to Commander. Soon afterward, he became Flag Captain of H.M.S. Minerva under Admiral Saunders. He was assigned to the Mediterranean. Saw action Quiberon Bay and the Bay of Biscay. Captured the Warwick (former English ship previously captured by the French).1778: In command of H.M.S. Robust.

September 1780: Promoted to Rear Admiral of the Red Squadron (at the same time brother Samuel became Rear Admiral of the Blue).


1782: Commanding from H.M.S. Queen (under Lord Howe), participated in the relief of Gibraltar.

1787: Promoted to Vice Admiral.

1793: Commanded from H.M.S. Royal George (2nd in command to Lord Howe).

1794: Participated in the "Battle of the Glorious 1st of June." For his daring, he was created "Baron Bridport."

1795: Participated in the Battle of Lorient. Captured 3 French warships.

1795-1800: Commander of the Channel Fleet. Retired and was created "Viscount Bridport" in 1800.

1814:  Passed away at age of 87.


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