Admiral. Born of Dorset clerical stock, Hood and his brother Alexander entered the navy at the same time. Given a commission in 1746, Hood served throughout the Seven Years War and was present at Quiberon Bay in 1759. In 1767, still a captain, he was appointed commander‐in‐chief in North America; subsequently from 1771 to 1780 he was stationed at Portsmouth. A baronet (1778) and rear‐admiral (1780), Hood was Rodney's second at the battle of the Saints (April 1782), and was severely critical of Rodney's failure to pursue the French.
Subjects: British History — World History.