NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP SYRIA ‘JAMES PINHORN, PURSER’
James Pinhorn served as a Purser aboard HMS Cyclops at Syria but had a very long career starting in 1815 when he served as Secretaries Clerk on Queen Charlotte, a position he held until April 1824 (bar a couple of months on Boyne). Serving in the same position on HMS Victory 1824- 27, he was then promoted Secretary, serving until 1833 on Britannia, Windsor Castle, St Vincent, Asia, Spartiate and Victory. Promoted Paymaster, he served in Rover 1833-8, Cyclops (Syria Medal) 1839-40 and As Secretary on Dublin and Ocean 1841-8, after which he appears to have been place on Half Pay. He died on 31st October 1864 with the rank of Paymaster in Chief.
Pinhorn’s roll as Secretary would have been an important one. In this role, he would have been personal Secretary to various Flag Officers/Commander in Chiefs of Stations. A quick check of some online Navy lists shows him as Secretary to Admirals Sir Thomas Foley, Admiral Sir Edward Durnford King, Rear Admiral Thomas but researching his ships and stations will no doubt reveal more
Condition VF or better. A good Officer ranked NGS medal with a long service.