Sir Samuel Cornish, 1st Baronet
Sir Samuel Cornish, 1st Baronet (ca. 1715 – 30 October 1770) was a British naval commander who fought in the Seven Years' War and conquered Manila on October 6, 1762.
Seven Years War
In 1759 Samuel Cornish took part in some battles against the French. When Spain entered the war early in 1762 Cornish was appointed Rear-Admiral of an East Indies Squadron, who, together with soldiers of the 79th Regiment under William Draper were ordered to attack the Spaniards in the Philippines.
In the following Battle of Manila the city was taken after a siege of 10 days. This victory made Cornish a very rich man.
He saw no further service after this battle. He became vice-admiral in October 1762, was MP for New Shoreham between 1765 and 1770 and was created a baronet in 1766, a title which became extinct upon his death.
He left his large fortune to his nephew Captain Samuel Pitchford, who at the head of HMS America , had also taken part in the capture of Manila.
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