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About Peter Parker
Sir Peter Parker, 2nd Baronet (England, 1785 – August 31, 1814, Fairlee, Maryland) was an English naval officer, the son of Vice-Admiral Christopher Parker and Augusta Byron.
Parker was the descendant of several Royal Navy flag officers. His father was the son of Admiral Sir Peter Parker, and his mother the daughter of Vice-Admiral John Byron. Educated at Westminster School, he entered the Royal Navy in 1798, serving under his grandfather and his grandfather's friend, Lord Nelson in HMS Victory. He rapidly rose through the ranks, and was promoted to Commander and given command of the armed brig HMS Weazel. The Weazel was the first British vessel to sight the Franco-Spanish fleet leaving Cádiz, an action that precipitated the Battle of Trafalgar. For this service he was promoted Captain.
Parker was briefly a Member of Parliament. He was returned unopposed as a Tory for the Irish borough constituency of Wexford at a by-election held on 3 March 1810. He resigned the seat in 1811 and was replaced at a by-election on 1 July 1811.
In 1810, he was given command of the frigate HMS Menelaus. He was sent to Bermuda in 1814, and from thence to join the British forces in the Chesapeake Bay under Admiral Sir George Cockburn and took part in the blockade of Baltimore. A bold and efficient commander, he became known for his ferocity in destroying American farms and property along the Chesapeake. Having for several days raided Kent County, Maryland, he landed a shore party and attempted a night attack on a detachment of Maryland militia at Fairlee, Maryland on the night of August 30, 1814. Unexpected resistance from the militia precipitated the Battle of Caulk's Field; while British and American sources differ on the result of the battle, Parker was one of the casualties. Leading his Marines, he was hit in the thigh (as his grandfather had been at the Battle of Sullivan's Island), but unlike his grandfather, Parker died on the field of a severed femoral artery before he could be aided. His body was sent to Bermuda, and subsequently interred at the family vault at St Margaret's, Westminster, a public funeral with military honors being held on both occasions. He was eulogized by his first cousin, Lord Byron.
He married Marianne Dallas, daughter of Sir George Dallas, 1st Bt.. They had three sons:
Commander Sir Peter Parker, 3rd Baronet (1809–1835), promoted commander March 3, 1834, then of HMS Vernon
? Parker (d. bef. 1835)
George Parker (February 1815 – November 23, 1817), died of croup.
- Complete baronetage; Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); 1906; Vol. V; page 227