Robert Auchmuty, Jr.

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Robert Auchmuty, Jr.

Birthdate: (63)
Death: December 11, 1788 (59-67)
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
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Son of Robert Auchmuty, Sr. and Mary Juliana Auchmuty
Husband of Deborah Auchmuty and Henrietta Auchmuty
Brother of Rev. Samuel Auchmuty; Henrietta Overing; Isabella Pratt and James Smith Auchmuty

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About Robert Auchmuty, Jr.

Robert Auchmuty (b. Boston; d. December 1788 Marylebone, England), was an eloquent and successful advocate in Boston. He was one of the counsel for the soldiers engaged in the Boston Massacre, and became a judge of admiralty in 1769; but in 1776, being a zealous Loyalist, he withdrew to England. His and Thomas Hutchinson's letters from Boston to England, which were sent back to the colonies by Benjamin Franklin in 1773, caused great excitement.

Robert Auchmuty, Jr. ( - 1788), Judge of the Vice Admiralty Court established at Boston, with jurisdiction in all cases arising within the limits of the Colonies of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Connecticut. His father, Robert Auchmuty, Sr. had emigrated from Scotland and himself became an eminent lawyer in Boston, Mass. The loyalist Robert Auchmuty, Jr. was born in Boston, and was appointed Vice Admiralty Judge in 1767. He is most famous for being one of the defense attorneys during the Boston Massacre trial. He agreed to serve as attorney for Preston on the condition that John Adams be co-counsel. He was appointed to the commission investigating the burning of the Gaspee in 1772.

Robert Auchmuty first married Deborah Cradock, Oct. 26, 1751 at King's Chappel in Boston. While serving on the Gaspee Commission in Newport he probably stayed at house of his cousin, Henry Overing, in nearby Portsmouth. After his first wife died, Auchmuty ended up later marrying Overing's daughter, Henrietta, whose portrait was painted by Gilbert Suart. After hostilities erupted, Auchmuty was bannished from Massachusetts and died in exile in Marylebone (near London), England, in December 1788.

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December 11, 1788
Age 63
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom