Born in November 1778, son of Evan Humphreys, rector of Montgomery and of Clungunford; his mother (Mary) was daughter of Salusbury Pryce, for fifty-three years rector of Meifod. He is recorded here because as captain of the Leopard in 1807, he seized the American warship Chesapeake, an act which provoked a grave crisis in the U.S. attitude towards Britain, and also led to his own temporary retirement; later on, however, he became rear-admiral, and was knighted in 1834. His additional surname (1838) was that of his second wife. He died 15 November 1845.
Published date: 1959
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