- Harry M. Ward
Pitcairn, John (1722–17 or 18 June 1775), British marine officer, was born in Dysart, Scotland, the son of Reverend David Pitcairn, a longtime minister at Dysart, and Katherine Hamilton. Pitcairn entered the Royal Marines, becoming a captain in 1756 and a major in 1771. He married Elizabeth Dalrymple of Arnsfield, Dumfriesshire. They had nine children. One son, Robert Pitcairn (1747?–1770?), a midshipman in the British navy, was lost at sea; Pitcairn Island in the Pacific is named for him....