Henry John Rous (1795-1877), naval officer, was the second son of John Rous, Viscount Dunwich and first earl of Stradbroke of Henham Hall, Wangford, Suffolk, England, and his second wife, Charlotte Whitaker. He was educated at Westminster School and entered the navy in 1808 as a first-class volunteer in the Royal William at Plymouth. Transferred to the Repulsein 1809, to the Tonnant in 1811 and to the Bacchante in 1812-14, he took part in three attacks on enemy convoys in the Adriatic, boarding and capturing one vessel from the ship's yawl. Complimented for his bravery and promoted lieutenant in 1814, commander in 1817 and post-captain in 1823, he was given command of the frigate Rainbow on the East India Station in 1825 and arrived in Sydney in February 1827.

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