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ELPItlNSTONE, George Keith, Viscount, British naval officer, born in Scotland in 1746; died 10 March 1823. He was made commander in 1772, and as post captain he served in America in 1775'6. During the American war he commanded the" Pearl," a frigate of 32 guns, participated in the attack on Mud Island, and at the capture of Charleston commanded a detachment of seamen. In 1782 he captured the French frigate "L'Aigle," of 40 guns. He obtained the rank of vice-admiral in 1795, and the same year captured Cape Town. In 1800 he was commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean, where he took Malta and Genoa. For his services in Egypt he was raised to the British peerage, as baron (1801), having for four years had the same title in the Irish peerage. In 1805 he was made admiral of the white, and in 1814 was created a viscount of the United Kingdom. He was a son-in-law of the noted Mr. and Mrs. Thrale, friends of Dr. Samuel Johnson.
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