Awards & Titles:

Knight Commander of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath

Early Life :

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Born 1757 in Bloomfield, County Cork, Ireland, son of Edmund Nagle, and a second cousin maternally of Edmund Burke, the eminent politician. He was orphaned at the age of six by the death of his father and was subsequently brought up by his uncle, Garret Nagle, and by Burke.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: General Staff 

Action : War Survivor 

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In 1770 Nagle entered the navy aboard the frigate Juno 32, Captain John Stott, which went out to the Falkland Islands during the dispute with Spain. He afterwards served in the Mediterranean or home waters aboard the Winchelsea 32, Captain Thomas Wilkinson, Deal Castle 24, Captain James Cumming, Thetis 32, Captain John Gell, and Bienfaisant 64, Captain John MacBride.

Nagle was the nephew and ward of the brilliant politician, Edmund Burke

Nagle passed his lieutenant's examination on 7th May, 1777, and by 25th October was commissioned to the store ship Greenwich, Commander Christopher Rigby, going out to serve in North American waters. During 1779 he was employed in the North Sea aboard the Siren 24, Captain Edmund Dod, and returning to the North American station he saw duty aboard the Warwick 50, Captain George Keith Elphinstone, from 1780-2.

After a short period in command of the brig Polecat 14 he was promoted commander of the brig Racoon 14 on 1 August 1782, although this vessel was captured off the River Delaware by the French frigates Gloire 32 and Aigle 40 on 4 September. His captivity did not last much longer than his period in command however, for on 15 September the Aigle surrendered to Elphinstone s squadron. He was later appointed to the ex-French privateer Duc d Estissac 16, serving on the Jamaican station, and on 27 January 1783 was posted to the Spanish-built Grana 24, which he brought back to England and paid off in January 1784.

After remaining out of employment for the remainder of the peace Nagle commissioned the frigate Active 32 in January 1793 with orders to bring a convoy in from Ireland, and then to cruise. In January 1794 being in company with the Melampus 36, Captain Isaac Coffin, they were forced to flee from a French squadron of six frigates and a cutter to the south of Portland whilst sailing to join a squadron forming under Sir James Wallace of the Monarch 74 at Plymouth.

Detail :

His death was reported in the London Evening Standard 16th March, 1830: "Death March 14, at his home at East Moulsey, Admiral Sir Edmund Nagle KCB, One of the grooms of His Majesty's bedchamber, in the 73rd year of his age."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Doyle's Lodge of Fellowship No. 84 E.C.Guernsey & Alderney

16th July 1807

Nagle was initiated into Doyle's Lodge of Fellowship in pre-union days when it was numbered 336 (now No.84) whilst Commander-in-Chief on the Guernsey station, but no date record is known to exist of his Exaltation. The ledger shows that he was initiated 16th July, 1807 with nine others and was registered with Grand Lodge 20th July, 1807.

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