Admiral Mansel (photograph)

My creative writing course is going really well although I am struggling to fit in the work around normal life. One of our latest exercises has been writing captions for photographs. I thought this would make great posts as I love sharing my family photographs.


Black and white portrait card of Admiral Mansel seated at a chair holding a walking stick in his right hand and papers in his left. He wears a suit, is white haired with a beard and ancient. The card is signed in ink.

Caption for picture

Black and white portrait card of Admiral Mansel in old age. Thomas Mansel (1783-1869) was the 7th of 11 children of Sir William Mansel, Baronet. He entered the Navy in 1798, he served under Lord Nelson at the battle of Copenhagen, and travelled to every quarter of the globe.


I adore this photograph as I have many of this type but all un-named except this one and one of his son. I like to think he was a very grand man as this photograph is so serious but I’ll never know!


4 responses to “Admiral Mansel (photograph)

  1. Sylvia McClintock Wright

    He was my 4th great uncle. His brother (my 3rd great grandfather) was Col. John Mansel, CB who commanded the troops on St Helena when Napoloeon was sent there.

    Regards, Sylvia

  2. Sylvia McClintock Wright

    Dear Jenny,
    Could you please supply details of his son? I have no record of a son, only two daughters, Selina Elizabeth Courtney Mansel, 1828-1897 and Alexina Louisa, 1829-1829.
    As his wife also died in 1829, I presume that it was in childbirth.
    Regards, Sylvia

  3. Janette Bate

    Hi Jenny and Sylvia,
    According to my records there was no son. My husband is related to Selina Mansel, she is his second great grandmother. If you need any information on that side of the family I can let you know what I have found out. Though Jenny you also have quite a lot of information as my husband is distantly related to you.
    Take care,
    Janette Bate

  4. Janette Bate

    Hi Sylvia and Jenny,
    My husband is third Great Grandfather of Admiral Mansel. It’s nice to here from relatives however distant.
    Janette Bate

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