RN CERTIFICATES OF GOOD CONDUCT FOR SERVICE 1801-1818
MAINGY [MAINGAY], Henry (1785-1846) naval officer. Manuscript certificates of good conduct for Lt Henry Maingy signed by noteworthy commanding officers, together with a letter from Capt W.R.Broughton, and the remains of an envelope headed 'Capt Maingay's Papers - From Mrs Allan Clerk Great Niece", as follows:-
1. Manuscript certificate of good conduct signed by Commander James Mein for Henry Maingy who served on board HM Sloop Primrose as First Lieutenant from 1st Dec to date “during which time he conducted himself with the strictest sobriety and attention to his duty, was always obedient to command and acquitted himself entirely to my satisfaction”. Signed by Mein on board “the said Sloop in Hamoaze” 24 December 1807. 1 side 4to, folded.
2. Manuscript certificate of good conduct signed by Captain William Patterson for Henry Maingy who served on board on board HMS Eridanus as First Lieutenant from 25th April 1815 “to the date hereof during which time he conducted himself with zeal and activity & fulfilled every branch of his Duty much to my satisfaction”. Signed by Patterson on board HMS Eridanus 26 October 1815. 1 side 4to, folded.
3. Manuscript certificate of good conduct signed by Captain Aiskew Paffard Hollis for Henry Maingy who served on board HMS Mermaid 1806 & 1807 “during which time his conduct was that of a trusty, attentive, diligent, good officer and seaman, always met my entire approbation”. Signed by Hollis, dated Portsmouth, 29 October 1815. 1 side 4to, folded.
4. Manuscript certificate of good conduct signed by Captain Philip Dumaresq for Henry Maingy who served on board HMS Victory “for upwards of five years during which time he conducted himself as a very actiove and meritorious Officer & very highly to my satisfaction”. Signed by Dumaresq, dated Jersey, 4 December 1815. 1 side 4to, folded.
5. Manuscript certificate of good conduct signed by Sir James Saumarez for Henry Maingy who served on board HMS Caesar “in the actions of the 6th & 12th July 1801 off Algazieras and the Entrance of the Straights” and was Lieutenant of HMS Victory on the Baltic Station, “during the whole of which time he performed his Duty with Zeal and Diligence and I consider him as an Officer very deserving of Promotion”. Signed by Saumarez, dated Guernsey, 13 December 1815. 1 side 4to, folded.
6. Copies of two certificates of good conduct written on a folded 4to sheet :
1.by Captain W.R.Broughton for Henry Maingy who served on board HMS Spencer as Lieutenant “nearly three years during which time he conducted himself like a zealous good officer, paying every attention to his Duty and desirous upon all occasions to exerting himself keeping the Ship in Port in good order much to my satisfaction and his credit”. Copy signature of Broughton, in the Hamoze 31 August 1818.
2.by Captain H.Prescott for Henry Maingy who served on board HMS Zylla and Eridanus from January 1812 to April 1815, “during which period I have full opportunity to observe and appreciate his merits and I never witnessed in any officer more unwearied zeal & activity in the execution of his Duty”. Copy signature of Prescott, 13 December 1815.
BROUGHTON, William Robert (1762-1821), naval officer. Autograph letter signed to Lieut Maingy, 1 side, 4to, the reverse with address panel made out to Maingy care of Major Laurence, St Budeaux, dated Plymouth, 31st Sept 1818, enclosing the certificate he requested [probably item 6 above], and congratulating him upon his marriage, and wishing him every success. Folded with broken wax seal.
Henry Maingy was born in St Peter's Port, Guernsey, one of ten children of John Maingy (1760-1840) and Anne née Langa (members of the Maingy family in Guernsey changed the spelling of their name to Maingay by Royal decree in 1840). Inevitably most members of the Maingy family made a living associated with the sea, several such as Henry’s father as a merchant, and others in the Royal Navy. The present documents provide a useful history of Henry Maingy’s service history in the navy up to 1818, the year he married Harriet Smith. He was afterwards appointed first lieutenant to HMY Royal George under Sir Charles Paget, accompanied George IV to Ireland, following which he was promoted to the rank of Commander. Henry died on 22nd August 1846 at Albemarle Villa, Stoke, Devonport.
The signatories of the certificates are all interesting and well documented commanding officers who served in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.