Captain Samuel Burgess was the son of Commander William Burgess, RN, who died in 1840. He was born on September 9th, 1781 and entered the service in 1790 as a servant to his father, then Senior-Lieutenant of the Berwick 74. He was made Midshipman in 1793. Served as Mid in the Impregnable in Lord Howe’s victory of the 1st June 1794.
Mid in the Unicorn at the capture of L’Enterprise, privateer, 1796. In the Dryad at the capture of four privateers in 1797. Mid in the Isis in the expedition to the Helder, 1799. Lt 1799. Lt in the Sylph in her night action with L’Artemise, 1801.
Lt in the Prince at Trafalgar, 1805. Commanded the Pincher, brig, in the North Sea and Baltic, including the capture and destruction of the fort at Bremerle, Cuxhaven, 1809 – Mentioned in Despatches.
Flag-Lt to Lord Exmouth in the Queen Charlotte at the battle of Algiers, 1816 – promoted Commander. Was wrecked when in command of the frigate Thetis off Cape Frio, 1830.
He married on February 9th, 1805, Elizabeth, daughter of the late Capt. Isaac Cotgrave, R.N.
Captain 1830. Greenwich Hospital pension, 1846. Medal and five clasps. Samuel died at Stourscombe House, near Launceston, in 1851.