Toby (Lord Howe) toby jug designed by Arthur Gredington and produced by Beswick of Longton, England, circa 1950. Admiral of the Fleet Richard Howe (1726-1799) was a British naval officer. After serving throughout the War of the Austrian Succession, he gained a reputation for his role in amphibious operations against the French coast as part of Britain's policy of naval descents during the Seven Years' War. He also took part in the decisive British naval victory at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in November, 1759. In North America, Howe is best known for his service during the American Revolutionary War, when he acted as a naval commander and a peace commissioner with the American rebels. He also conducted a successful relief during the Great Siege of Gibraltar in the later stages of the War. Howe later commanded the victorious British fleet during the Glorious First of June in June of 1794 during the French Revolutionary Wars.