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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 948 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SIR THOMAS MASTERMAN HARDY, Bart. (1769-1839), British vice-admiral, of the Portisham (Dorsetshire) family of Hardy, was born on the 5th of April 1769, and in 1781 began his career as a sailor. He became lieutenant in 1793, and in 1796, being then attached to the " Minerve " frigate, attracted the attention of Nelson by his gallant conduct. He continued to serve with distinction, and in 1798 was promoted to be captain of the " Vanguard," Nelson's flagship. In the " St George " he did valuable work before the battle of Copenhagen in 18or, and his association with Nelson was crowned by his appointment in 1803 to the " Victory " as flag-captain, in which capacity he was engaged at the battle of Trafalgar in 18o5, witnessed Nelson's will, and was in close attendance on him at his death. Hardy was created a baronet in 1806. He was then employed on the North American station, and later (1819), was made commodore and commander-in-chief on the South American station, where his able conduct came prominently into notice. In 1825 he became rear-admiral, and in December 1826 escorted the expeditionary force to Lisbon. In 183o he was made first sea lord of the admiralty, being created G.C.B. in 1831. In 1834 he was appointed governor of Greenwich hospital, where thence-forward he devoted himself with conspicuous success to the charge of the naval pensioners; in 1837 he became vice-admiral. He died at Greenwich on the loth of September 1839. In 1807 he had married Anne Louisa Emily, daughter of Sir George Cranfield Berkeley, under whom he had served on the North American station, and by her he had three daughters, the baronetcy becoming extinct. See Marshall, Royal Naval Biography, ii. and iii.; Nicolas, Despatches of Lord Nelson; Broadley and Bartelot, The Three Dorset Captains at Trafalgar (1906), and Nelson's Hardy, his Life, Letters and Friends (1909).

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I have the distinction of being a direct decendent from Hardy. Quite interesting, I also am a captain, and have spent all my life at sea. Your review is interesting. Stan Collett.
I am trying to trace the lineage from TM Hardy , through his three daughters to a Miss Hardy that died in Dorset last year who owned `a Table known as the Hardy Table. It has a silver plate saying that it was taken at the battle of Cape St Vincent & the Stern of the San Josef ,above the motto Faith & Works. The Table by design I am told is 1840/70 which is about when San Josef was scrapped .
My great-great grandmother said her father John Hardy was related to Sir Thomas, either a brother or nephew. I would love to share information. Regards, Toni.
My husband great grandfather who died in 2002 always said that they were related to Sir thomas masterman hardy. One of this brother's had children is this correct what where their names? Can any one help? This is unprove family connection only have a birth cerificate of a daniel Redmill whose's mother who was anne hardy.
My dad passed away almost 20 years ago now - he was named after Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy - his name was Robery Hardy Noble and he was born in Winnipeg in 1934.
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