Duff, Robert (?- 1787)
Robert Duff was probably born in England, cousin of William Duff, Earl of Fife. He
joined the Royal Navy and became a commander in 1744. Over the next two decades he served in
Scotland, Ireland, France and the West Indies, on many vessels including the Anglesea,
Rochester, and the Foudroyant.
On March 31, 1775, Duff was promoted Rear-Admiral, and in April, appointed
commander-in-chief and governor of Newfoundland. He served one year.
In 1775 he commanded the Panther in the Mediterranean and took part in the siege of
Gibraltar in 1779. He was promoted Vice-Admiral on January 29, 1778, and he settled in
England in 1780. He died in Queensferry on June 6, 1787.
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