Midshipman Robert Pitcairn (Royal Navy)

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Robert Pitcairn

Birthdate: (18)
Birthplace: Burntisland, County of Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: 1770 (17)
Lost at Sea aboard the HMS Auroroa
Place of Burial: Died at Sea; Body never recovered
Immediate Family:

Son of Major John Pitcairn (Royal Marine) and Elizabeth "Betty" (Dalrymple) Pitcairn
Brother of Annie Pitcairn; Alexander Pitcairn; Catherine Pitcairn; David Pitcairn; Johanna Pitcairn and 5 others

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About Midshipman Robert Pitcairn (Royal Navy)

A memorial dedicated at Find-a-Grave #9288829

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British Naval Officer.

As a Midshipman on the HMS Swallow, he discovered Pitcairn Island on July 3, 1767. It was named in his honor by Captain Philip Carteret, the Swallow's commander.

Trying to pinpoint the site without a chronometer, Carteret charted the island 188 nautical miles west of its actual location; this miscalculation would lead Fletcher Christian and the mutineers of the Bounty to settle there in 1790.


Pitcairn himself did not live to see how famous his little island would become. On December 29, 1769, the 17 year-old discoverer set sail aboard the HMS Aurora on a voyage from the Cape of Good Hope to India. Neither the Aurora nor its crew were ever seen again, and it was assumed that the ship went down in a storm in the Indian Ocean.

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Midshipman Robert Pitcairn (Royal Navy)'s Timeline

1752
May 6, 1752
Burntisland, County of Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
1770
1770
Age 17
Lost at Sea aboard the HMS Auroroa
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Died at Sea; Body never recovered