Two voyages aboard the Swift sloop of
war in 1795
by Midshipman John Edward Conant
In 2004 BBC Television featured the
Journal on The Antiques Road Show. Mrs. Rosemary Bartlett had found it amongst
her late husband's possessions and took it to the Roadshow at The Royal
Hospital, Haslar, Hampshire. The Conant family subsequently aquired the two
hundred year old journal .
John Edward was born in 1777, married
Catherine Brown in 1817 and died in 1848. There were three children from the
marriage; Catherine born 1818, Edward Nathaniel born 1820 and John William born
John Edward Conant was made Lieutenant
on 18th July 1801 (Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815) and
finished his Naval career as a Commander. (See the scan below of the Admiralty
document.) He later became a Police Magistrate at Marlborough Street in
The 18 year old Midshipman who wrote
the journal is the great, great, great, great grandfather of Matilda Conant
(born in 2003) and Nathaniel Conant (born in 2007) who now live at Lyndon
The journal is in two
Pages 1 to 18
"Of a Voyage into the Red
Pages 21 to 48
"An Expedition against
The Moluccas by the Squadron Of Admiral Ranier in 1795"
O'Byrne's Naval Biographical
Dictionary Of 1849
journal was printed in the
Gentleman's Magazine of 1806
In 1816 John Edward Conant was
"appointed to the Rank of Commander in Her Majesty's Fleet"
Battle of Waterloo 18th June 1815.
John Conant and his wife Catherine from the Duke of Wellington
after the Battle.