Name: William Heath
Prefix: Rear Admiral
Birth: 18 SEP 1748 in Exeter, Devon
Death: 25 JUN 1815 in Fahan, Londonderry, Ireland 1
Burial: Fahan, Londonderry, Ireland: vault in graveyard
Residence: Fahan, Londonderry, Ireland
MEM: Fahan, Londonderry, Ireland: inscription
Note: 2 2|
Change Date: 13 JUN 2011
William Heath, the third son, entered the navy and rose eventually to the rank of Admiral. He quitted after service early in life, married an Irish lady, and settled as a country gentleman at Fahan, in the county of Derry.
Married Rebecca Marshall (b 20 Jan 1865 Fahan, co Donegal , Ireland).
In 1789, he lived (as we learn from his brother John's note book) on an Estate he had purchased at Fahan, near Londonderry. He died at Fahan House, 25th June, 1815, at the age of 65 years, having twice married firstly in 1786, to Rebecca, second daughter of the Rev. Josiah Marshall, the Rector of Fahan. She was born at Fahan Rectory, 20th January, 1765, and died at Fahan House, 23rd August, 1796. She was buried (as was also her husband; in a vault in the old graveyard at Fahan, leaving issue, three sons and two daughters.
Admiral Heath married, secondly, Elizabeth Schoales, who died and was buried at Fahan in 1832, but by her he had no issue.
Mrs Heath of Fahan subscribed to ?A critical and practical elucidation of the Book of Common Prayer:? which was published in 1817.
?The other Horatio Nelson of Burnham Thorpe??s sad, brief life is narrated in a pamphlet by Rev. C J Isaacson, vicar of Burnham Thorpe. The boy's baptismal name was Thomas, the son of another Nelson family in Burnham Thorpe, unconnected by blood to the Admiral's. He seems to have acquired, unofficially, the name Horatio, perhaps conferred jokingly by his shipmates when he served as a midshipman in HMS Druid; his name was entered in the ship's muster in 1809. He was a protege of Nelson's nephew, William Bolton. To cut a long story short, the boy was taken ill aboard HMS Endymion in September 1811 off the coast of Ireland and was taken to the home of a retired Admiral, William Heath. He spent some time as a patient, tended by the admiral himself, who became very fond of him, 'and died holding his hand, showing by the pressure that he recognised him to the last.
Sir Thomas Bolton penned the inscription on his tombstone, which commemorates 'Horatio Nelson, an amiable youth', though the letters of administration in the Public Record Office make clear that he was actually Thomas.
Rear-Admiral William Heath, from a miniature in the possession of his grand-daughter, Mrs. St. Vincent Pitcher..
Father: Benjamin Heath b: 20 APR 1704 in Exeter, Devon
Mother: Rose Marie Michelet b: 5 JUL 1718 in Switzerland
- George Heath
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Naval chronicle
Page: VOL. XXXIV
- Type: Book
Author: Sir S R W Drake