From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Downie, George, Captain, R.N., was born at New Ross, and was the son of a clergyman. He entered the navy at an early age, was at Camperdown, and served in the West Indies and elsewhere. The year 1812 found him in command of a squadron of British gunboats on the Canadian lakes. According to the official dispatches, as quoted in the Gentleman's Magazine, his own vessel, at least, was insufficiently equipped. He fell in an action on Lake Champlain, gallantly fighting a United States flotilla under Macdonough, 11th September 1814.
37a. Biographical Dictionary—American Biography: Francis S. Drake. Boston, 1876.