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Evan Nepean

The Right Honourable Sir
Evan Nepean
Personal details
Born 9 July 1752 (1752-07-09)
St. Stephens, Cornwall, UK
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Dorset, UK
Spouse(s) Margaret Skinner
Children eight
Parents Nicholas Nepean
Occupation politician

Sir Evan Nepean, 1st Baronet (9 July 1752 – 2 October 1822)[1] was a British politician and colonial administrator. He was the first of the Nepean Baronets.


  • Family 1
  • Career 2
  • Legacy 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Nepean was born at St. Stephens near Saltash, Cornwall the second of three sons of Nicholas Nepean, an innkeeper, and his second wife, Margaret Jones. His father was Cornish and his mother was from South Wales.[1] The name "Nepean" is thought to come from the village of Nanpean (“the head of the valley”), in Cornwall.

Nepean married Margaret Skinner, the only daughter of Capt. William Skinner, on 6 June 1782 at the Garrison Church at Greenwich. They had eight children,[1] including Sir Molyneux Hyde Nepean, 2nd Bt., and Maj.-Gen. William Nepean, whose daughter Anna Maria Nepean married General Sir William Parke. Their youngest child, Rev. Canon Evan Nepean, became the Canon of Westminster and a Chaplain In Ordinary to Queen Victoria. His son Charles was a Middlesex county cricketer who also played football.[2] Other descendants of Nepean include the actor Hugh Grant (born 1960).[3]


Nepean entered the Royal Navy on 28 December 1773, serving on HMS Boyne as a clerk to Capt. Hartwell. He was promoted to purser in 1775. During the American Revolutionary War he served as secretary to Admiral Molyneux Shuldham, in Boston in 1776 and again at Plymouth (1777–78). From 1780-1782 he was Purser on HMS Foudroyant for Captain John Jervis (later Lord St. Vincent).[1]

On 3 March 1782 (aged only 29) he was appointed Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department. In this position he came to have responsibility for naval and political intelligence.[4] He served there until December 1791, when he became Under-Secretary of State for War in 1794, secretary to the Board of Admiralty 1795-1804, Chief Secretary for Ireland 1804-1805, Commissioner of the Admiralty, and then governor of Bombay 1812-1819.

He was Member of Parliament for Queenborough from 1796 till 1802, then moving to Bridport where he remained until 1812. He was made a baronet in 1802 and was admitted to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 1804.[1]

In 1820 he was made a member of the Royal Society. In 1822 he was appointed Sheriff of Dorset but died in office the same year at his estate at Loders.[1]


Places named after Evan Nepean include:


  1. ^ a b c d e f Sparrow (n.d.)
  2. ^ "The Association Challenge Cup" The Times (London). Monday, 16 March 1874. (27951), col E, p. 5.
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl (26 January 2006). "Fynvola Susan MacLean". The Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Knight (2013) 6-13.
  • Knight, Roger (2013). Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory 1793-1815. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 978-1-846-14177-5
  • Sparrow, Elizabeth (n.d.). "Nepean, Sir Evan", in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online, (subscription only), accessed 14 March 2014.

External links

  • The Nepean Museum
  • History of the Home Office 1782-1982
  • History of Parliament biography
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Hopkins
John Sargent
Member of Parliament for Queenborough
With: John Sargent
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Queenborough
With: John Sargent
Succeeded by
John Prinsep
George Peter Moore
Preceded by
Charles Sturt
George Barclay
Member of Parliament for Bridport
With: George Barclay 1802–1807
Sir Samuel Hood 1807–1812
Succeeded by
William Best
Sir Horace St Paul
Political offices
Preceded by
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Thomas Orde
Preceded by
John Bell
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
John King
Preceded by
Under-Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
William Huskisson
Preceded by
Philip Stephens
First Secretary to the Admiralty
Succeeded by
William Marsden
Preceded by
William Wickham
Chief Secretary for Ireland
Succeeded by
Nicholas Vansittart
Preceded by
Jonathan Duncan
Governor of Bombay
Succeeded by
Mountstuart Elphinstone
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Bothenhampton)
Succeeded by
Molyneux Hyde Nepean
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