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James Alexander Gordon

1782 - 1869

Admiral. Born in Wardhouse (Aberdeenshire). Gordon joined the navy as a midshipman in 1793. He was successful in campaigns against French and Spanish privateers (1805-8), but in 1811 Gordon lost a leg at Lissa (now Vis, in the Adriatic). He took part in an action against the Americans on the Potomac (1812). He went on to occupy various senior positions, culminating in his promotion to Admiral of the Fleet in 1868, just a year before his death.

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