Admiral Robert Waller Otway lived at Westwood House, a large country house in the vicinity of modern day Westwood Road, from 1816 to 1826. Otway was born in 1772 and joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman in 1784. He had an eventful and successful career. He is credited with capturing or destroying about 200 enemy privateers and merchant ships whilst commanding the frigates Mermaid, Geres and Trent. He was promoted to rear-admiral in 1814. He left Westwood House in 1826 to take up the post of Commander in Chief of the South American station.


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