People of Presteigne 2
|A naval career
The Puget family were descended from Huguenot ancestors who settled in London and Ireland after the persecutions of Louis XIV.
Peter Puget was the sixth child of seven and on the death of the father a career as a naval officer was probably seen as a sensible option for a younger son with few expectations.
He was thus enrolled as a Captains Servant in 1778 at the age of twelve, serving in the West Indies, Gibralter and the English Channel before being appointed as a lieutenant on the sloop Discovery. Her commander Captain Vancouver took the Discovery and her tender Chatham to the west coast of North America where she was to survey the area, search for a north-west passage, and then circumnavigate the globe.
Puget quickly established himself as skillful surveyor and was given command of the armed tender Chatham by Vancouver in 1793. He had the great honour of having Puget Sound and Puget Island named after him by Vancouver himself.
In his later naval career he commanded ships of the line on various European stations and was commended for his bravery at the Battle of Copenhagen. From 1810-18 he was Commissioner for the Navy at Madras, and was knighted in 1819. He became Rear Admiral of the Blue by natural order of seniority in 1821
Service for the county
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