Built in 1779, Woolwich.
Hulk in 1813.
- 1787 Capt. Charles THOMPSON, Guardship in Portsmouth Harbour.
The following spring flagship of Rear Ad. John Leveson GOWER, commanding the fleet of observation.
Cruised to the westward of Scilly and off the Irish coast for two months before returning to Portsmouth as guardship. She was paid off in January 1790 and re-commissioned by Capt. Anthony MOLLOY.
- 1793 Capt. BERTIE.
- 1794 Capt. Sir Charles Henry KNOWLES.
- 1796 Capt. M'DOUGALL, 06/1796.
- 1799 Capt. E BULLER, 11/1799.
- 1800 with Ad. Sir A. GARDNER off Brest. She had to leave the squadron on 18 February having sprung her main mast.
she returned to Plymouth on the 23rd. for repairs. She went down into Cawsand Bay on 29 April and sailed with DRAGON to rejoin the Channel fleet on 13 May.
EDGAR returned to Plymouth on 9 November during a hurricane which produced a heavy rolling sea.
Ships in the Catwater parted their cables in the high wind. She went into harbour for repairs on the 18th.
- 1801 Capt. George MURRAY.
At the battle of Copenhagen on 2 April 1801 it was EDGAR which led the van when the squadron engaged the Danish line consisting of six sail-of-the-line and eleven floating batteries supported by shore batteries.
EDGAR lost the first lieutenant, Edmund JOHNSON, Lieut. Benjamin Spencer, marines, twenty four seamen, two marines and three soldiers of the 49th. regiment killed.
Lieuts. Joshua JOHNSON and William GOLDFINCH and Messrs. GAHAGEN, WHIMPER, RIDGE, PROCTOR and DOMETT, midshipmen, seventy-nine seamen, seventeen marines and eight soldiers of the 49th. were wounded.
- 1803 under repair at Chatham.
- 1805 Capt. J. C. SEARLE, off the Texel.
Flagship of Ad. Lord KEITH.
- 1807 Capt. JACKSON, Downs.
(Ad. Lord KEITH) Later in the year Capt. James M'NAMARA, off Rochefort.
- 1808 Ditto, North Sea.
- On 28 March 1808, while the ship was lying in Cawsand Bay, the ship's company assembled in a body on the quarter-deck.
When Lieut. CAMPBELL went to find out the reason he was met with a shout of "Fresh captain and officers," and some men called out "an answer and no mutiny." Lieut. CAMPBELL remonstrated with them once or twice and then ordered the marines to be drawn up on the quarter-deck.
He was about to order them to fire when the men dispersed.
Five prisoners, Henry CHESTERFIELD, captain of the main-top, John ROWLANDS, boatswain's mate, and George SCARR, Abraham DAVIS and Joseph JOHNSTON were seized and put in irons.
- They were all tried for mutiny on board the SALVADOR DEL MUNDO in the Hamoaze on 9 and 11 April.
The petty officers attempted to prove that they intimidated by threats of the ship's company but they were all found guilty.
CHESTERFIELD was sentenced to 700 lashes round the fleet and to solitary confinement for two years; ROWLAND to 300 lashes; SCARR to 500 lashes and one year; and DAVIS and JOHNSTON 200 lashes each.
- 1810 Capt. Stephen POYNTZ, Baltic.
On the night of 7 July the boats of EDGAR and DICTATOR, under Lieut. Thomas Oldacres HEWES, first of the former ship, captured three of the enemy's row gunboats in the Belt.
Since they were suitable for HM
service they were purchased and allocated to the vessels in the flotilla, RUBY, EDGAR and GANGES.
RUBY's gunboat was named the HEWES.
- 1811 in ordinary at Chatham.