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A Son of Two Fathers

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0003
A Son of Two Fathers

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On November 8, 1770, Robert Percy, eight years old, was registered as a volunteer in H.M.S. Canceux, an eighteenth-century term even for one so young. Charles Percy may have accompanied him. Robert Percy's mother and father may have had a prior association with their son's commanding officer, Lieutenant Henry Mowat, a salt originally from the Scottish Orkney Islands. He was to be in effect the boy's surrogate father during his formative years. After his mother, Margaret Percy, died, Robert tried to locate his real father. The American Percys felt that their assumption of legitimacy was problematical. In settling the estate, Charles Percy's heirs had to deal with the effects of Charles Percy's bigamy. In the years remaining to him, Robert resided both on the banks of the Bayou Sara Creek and in Washington, a hamlet on the Pine Ridge, seven miles west of Natchez near St. Catherine's Creek.

Keywords: Robert Percy; H.M.S. Canceux; Royal Navy; Henry Mowatt; Albany; Margaret Percy; Charles Percy

Chapter.  10970 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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