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James Young Falkland Sulivan


Naval officer. Eldest son of Sophia and Bartholomew James Sulivan. Thought by his family to be the first British subject born in the Falkland Islands. Sublieutenant on HMS Firefly in the Mediterranean, 1864; lieutenant on HMS Nassau, surveying the Straits of Magellan, 1866–7; on HMS Favorite in North America and the West Indies, 1868–9; on HMS Indus at Devonport, 1870. Stationed in China, 1870–5; studied at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1875–6; lieutenant and commander of HMS Britomart at Southampton, 1876–9; served in the Coast Guard, 1882–8. Commander, 1889. Married Eleanor Evelyn Light, daughter of the rector of St James’s, Dover, in 1878.


BMD (Marriage index)

Navy list 1864–1901

ODNB s.v. Sulivan, Bartholomew James

The National Archives (ADM 196/15/439)


BMD: General Register Office, England and Wales civil registration indexes. England & Wales birth index, 1837–1983. England and Wales marriage index, 1837–1983. England and Wales death index, 1837–1983. Online database. Provo, Utah: The Generations Network. 2006.

Navy list: The navy list. London: John Murray; Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. 1815–1900.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.