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Rear Admiral Robert LONG

Robert LONG

16871 - 28th Jun 177110

Rear Admiral of the Blue2

Life History


Born in ,,England.1

Died 28 June 1771, aged 84

11th Mar 1700/1

Occupation Volunteer on HMS Greenwich.2

Apr 1703

Occupation Midshipman on HMS Coventry.2

14th Mar 1705/6

Educated Admiralty exams - passed as Lieutenant.2

11th Jul 1712

Beneficiary in St Marylebone, Middlesex.3

in the will of his uncle, James Long

27th May 1715

Beneficiary in St Marylebone, Middlesex.4

in the will of his mother, Phillipa

3rd Oct 1719

Occupation Commander RN.2

29th Jan 1720/1

Beneficiary in St Marylebone, Middlesex.5

of the will of James Long

21st Mar 1726/7

Occupation Seniority as Captain.2

24th Jun 1744

Occupation Rear Admiral of the Blue.2

3rd Apr 1750

Beneficiary in St Marylebone, Middlesex.6

in the will of his brother William

20th Jul 1752

Executor in ,London.7

the will of Thomas Kingsman

29th Mar 1753

Executor in ,London.8

the will of Ann [Long] Kingsman

25th Nov 1755

Executor in ,London.6

of the will of his brother, William Long

5th Jun 1764

Wrote will in Marylebone, Middlesex (Holles Street, St Mary le Bone).9

28th Jun 1771

Died in St George Hanover Square, Middlesex.10

6th Jul 1771



  • Robert Long was Rear Admiral of the Blue in 1752 - he is named as such in the Will of Thomas Kingsman (his nephew).

    From Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy (1660-1815), he was appointed:

    Commander     3 Oct 1719
    Captain          21 Mar 1727
    Superannuated as Rear Admiral before 1748
    Died                6 July 1771

  • The History & Topography of Harrogate (1882) by William Grainge:

    Long, Rear-admiral Robert, is said to have been born at Winsley Hall, near Ripley. He erected and endowed the Burnt Yates School, near Ripley, in the year 1760.

    BURNT-YATES, in the township of Hartwith, and parish of Kirbymalzeard,  lower-division of Claro; 2.75 miles from Ripley, 6.25 from Pateley Bridge,  7.75 from Knaresborough.

    Here is a Free-School founded in 1760, by Rear-Admiral Robert Long,  which he endowed with a farm, called Flask farm, and the lands thereto belonging, in the township of Hartwith-with-Winsley; also a messuage, called Flask-House, and a close called Six-Acres, in the township of Clint.  It has since received some legacies, and the valuable library of the late W. Mountaine, Esq. F.R.S. was given to it in 1779.  The government of the school is vested in trustees.  The master occupies the school premises, estimated at ?20 or ?25 per annum.  His salary for himself and wife, ?70 and two guineas as librarian.  Twenty-two boys and girls in the school.  -- Commissioners Report.

  • Naval Biography of Robert Long, Rear Admiral of the Blue
    Source: Biographia Navalis, Volume IV, page 182

    LONG, Robert, - was, on the 21st of March 1726-7, appointed captain of the Shoreham frigate.  We find very little mention made of this gentleman, his name never occurring till upwards of two years after the commencement of the war with Spain, in 1739; he was then appointed to the Russell, of eighty guns, one of the ships ordered for the Mediterranean under Mr. Rowley, as reinforcement to admiral Mathews.  He was present at the action of Toulon, being stationed as one of the second to vice-admiral Lestock.  He was not, however, in the smallest degree, involved in the number of those unfortunate men who contributed to the disgrace of that day.  On the evening of the action Mr Mathews, finding his own ship the Namur, very much disabled, shifted his flag on board the Russell, which is the only particular mention we find made of that ship.  Mr Long continued to serve in the Mediterranean for some considerable length of time after this; but on his return to England appears to have retired from the service, being one of the many officers put on the superannuated list, with the half-pay of a rear-admiral, on the 21st of July 1747.  He died, in England, on the 6th of July 1771.

  • From the prospectus of Burnt Yates primary school (2004):

    The School was founded in 1760 by a philanthropic Admiral called Robert Long, who not only had a connection with Burnt Yates, but also owned land there.  He felt most strongly that the children of the area "?a wild lot" should have some education.  He entered into a Trust deed, appointed Trustees and endowed that Trust with land and money so that a school could be built and a teacher employed.

  • Extracts from the Burnt Yates School Foundation Letter Book (with thanks to Andrea Ives):

    Letter No 26 of 94. Mr Gawthorpe to Mr James Collins
    April 3rd 1759

    Dear Sir
    I catch'd so violent a cold & cough that cold windy night as I returned from Knaresbro that I never cou'd get out since, neither I can learn who sold ye Estate at Flask to the Longs, or how many of them have possess'd it. --- all our old people say they'd had it long before they can remember.

    Mrs Beatrix Long who died Ap 25 1675 was succeeded by Richard Long, Father of James, William & Robert who have enjoye'd it successively. Richard was the youngest of 16 sons who were born in London & waited upon King Charles in scarlet cloaks together, & they had eight sisters. But how the youngest of 16 brothers got it I cannot learn, it was settled upon his wife who liv'd there with her sons, James, William & Robt and two daughters after her husband died at Horsforth between 60 & 70 years since.

    The Copyhold consists of an antient building call'd Flask Hall & 6 acres of pasture assesst at ?5 per annm.

    The Admiral desires to know who is the Lord what are the customs of the mannor That he may purchase its freedom if possible. I apprehend as different manors have different customs so have they also different expressions in giving away estates, pray what words must the Admiral use when he give away Flaske Hall &c to trustees for a school in Clint.

    As I must write to the Adml today, I beg the favour of your answer by the return of the bearer, wch will very much oblige
    Your humble servant
    W Gawthorpe
    Ap3 59

    No 27 Mr James Collins to Mr Gawthorp
    April 18 1759

    Dear Sir,
    I'm sorry to find by yours that you had catch'd cold. I have taken all the pains I can to find out the title to Flaske House, and I find out that in 1694 Richard Long surrendered the same to Thos Ingilby Gent and his heirs for ever.

    Thos Ingilby dies and Wm retrives to the same premises.
    1708 Wm Ingilby surrendered the same premises to Phillipa Long & her heirs, the same Phillipa surrenders the same to Lawrence Danson & other to the use of her will. Which will I have not yet found. I shou'd be glad you wou'd make enquiry amongst the family of the Longs, if they have any copy of it.

    I have writt as full as I cou'd to London about this affair, & after we have made proper searches, and if we can fix the Estate in the Admiral, I shou'd advise him to sell or exchange the same for the freehold lands, otherwise it will be attended with difficulties & expence, as to the fine and fees they must in that case be paid whatever ye estate is done with, and cannot be omitted by reason that the King is Lord of the Manor, and the lessee under the Crown a minor.

    I shall do everything I can to forward this matter and shall be glad to know whether you can find the above will or not.
    I am with great esteem Sir,
    You most obedient servant,
    Jas Collins

    No 28 Admiral Long to Mr Gawthorp
    May 3d 1759

    Revd Sr
    I by this post write to Mr Collins on the subject of yr letter. I inform him that Mrs Philippa Long's letter is not to be found, that I am her son and may therefore conclude as her heir to be admitted tenant and my surrender accepted.

    I propose to him that Mr Charles Long be admitted tenant, I mean that the Copyhold be surrendered to him in trust for the school, & that his successors in Winsley Hall be severally admitted Tenants in Trust in the same manner, & that here be a cleause in the deed obliging the Trustees of the school to pay the herriot out of the rent of the Copyhold. Mr Ch Long and his successors severally giving an acknowledgement of trust. I desire Mr Collins to draw the deed of gift, the particulars relating to which I will send him in a day or two.

    As to the timber, you are welcome Sir to two or three trees for the building of the school. You will be pleas'd to consider whether there any particulars not yer mentioned which you wou'd wish to have inserted in the Deed, & let me have them. Mr Collins will be able to insert them before he engrosses the Deed,
    I am Sir
    Your most obedient
    humble servant

  • The statement that Admiral Long's father was the youngest of 16 sons is probably in error.

    At the time of his death he was the last surviving child of William and Mary [Hargrave] Long, but he was not the youngest according to his wmother's will. He had had numerous siblings, though 16 brothers and  8 sisters is probably double accounting. As of now, 7 boys and 7 girls can be accounted for, though there may be more.

    The wording of the statement that he and his brothers had "waited upon King Charles in their scarlet cloaks together" may have been meant quite literally. It conjures a mental picture of young Richard and his brothers literally waiting on the King and other guests in the Rose Tavern in Covent Garden. It would have made an interesting piece of family lore to tell the children.

  • From "The Gentleman's Magazine", September 1850:

    "In answer to an enquiry in our magazine for April last respecting the period of the decease of Rear Admiral Sir Robert Long, a supposed resident in the parish of St George's Hanover Square, HG confirms the latter supposition from a tomb in the burial ground of that parish, situate in the Bayswater Road, commemorative of Admiral Robert Long and others.  He died "the 28th June 1771, aged 84".  He is not there or elsewhere designated as a knight; therefore  the prefix "Sir" must be erroneous.  BURNT YATES, near Ripley in Yorkshire (where he founded a free school, the library of which is said to possess portraits of himself and wife)..."

  • Andrea Ives, ex Headmistress [of Burnt Yates School] and Admiral / School historian provided the following information to Tony Long:

    1.     An entry in the Minute Book, after the Admiral's death in 1771. William Mountaine reported to the Trustees, (in 1773 ), and corrected the place of burial to the New Chapel of Ease, near Hyde Park Corner in the Parish of St. George's, Hanover Square, (in 1777).

    2.     He also said, " The Admiral was born in Horsforth in the parish of Guiseley in this county. His father died and left his widow (Ann) [sic] with three children- viz. William, Ann and Robert the youngest. His mother removed from Horsforth, with her children, who were young, after his father's demise, to their small family estate called Flask Farm; where she died... William was sent for, to London, by his two uncles (Longs) who were wine merchants; and some time after, they sent for Robert when he was about eleven years old; whom they qualified for the sea, where he behaved well and was patronized by Admiral Sir George Byng, afterwards Lord Torrington "

    3.  October 1767 Charles Long sent the Admiral a silver plate bearing the Admiral's arms, but it was given back to the school because the Admiral was worried how much longer he would live. A Henry Long was present as this letter was written. He had travelled, by "chariot" with Mr. William Mountaine, to Hollis Street.
  • Mr Mountaine writing to the treasurer of the Trustees of Burnt Yates School on 20th October 1767:

    "Mr. Henry Long told me that he [Admiral Long] had lately supplied a person with four of five thousand pounds upon a mortgage, and that he had not 20 pouns in cash until the rents came round, and as for money in the stocks he has none- he cannot endure the name of stocks-"

  • Documents relating to Burnt Yates School and Winsley Hall abstracted by Andrea Ives from work done in 1959 by Kirby, Son and Atkinson, Harrogate, for the Historical Manuscripts Commission:

    1. 7,8 June 1759. Settlement by lease and release.
    Robert Long of Holles Street, Middlesex, gent., and Charles Long of Ripon, gent., nephew and heir of Thomas Long late of Winsley Hall, to William Ulithorn Wray, Rector of Wexham, Bucks., and Thomas Middleton of Lincoln's Inn, Winsley Hall estate, for the use of Charles Long, George his eldest son and in tail.

    2. 2,3 Jan. 1760 Lease and Release
    Robert Long of Marylebone, Middlesex Esq., brother and heir of William Long of the same, deceased ( who was brother and heir of James Long of the same, deceased.)to the Rev. Samuel Kirshaw, Rector of Ripley, the Rev. Matthew Metcalf, Curate of Hartwith cum Winsley, Danson Roundell of Spring House in Hartwith cum Winsley Esq., Charles Long of Winsley Hall, gent., William Mountaine of the parish of St. John, Southwark, gent. And John Williamson of Ripley, tobacconist, closes called the Ings, Pennington Close, Long Pature, Sweet Sops, and Near Pasture, part of Flask Farm or Flaskhouse Farm in Hartwith cum Winsley. Robert Long will also convey Flaskhouse and a close by copy court Roll. In trust for a school, with detailed conditions.


    9. 1792 Lease for a year.
    George Long of South Empsall, Excise Officer, and Charles Long of Clayton Hall, parish of High Hoyland, surgeon, to Thomas Yardley of Cheapside, gent., Winsley Hall estate.

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