Born at Lundie (Dundee), Duncan was a Scot of prodigious strength and height. In the American War he served under Rodney at the first relief of Gibraltar 1779 and under Howe at the second in 1782, attaining the rank of admiral in 1787 when he was 56. Duncan's most celebrated command was in the North Sea in 1797. His defeat of the Dutch off Camperdown was testimony to Duncan's resource and leadership. He was created Viscount Duncan of Camperdown.
Subjects: British History.