Hughes, Sir Edward, English admiral, born about 1720, became u, post-captain in 1748, after having already seen much service. In 1757 he commanded the Somerset in Boscawen's expedition against Louisbourg, and in 1758 in the expedition to Quebec. He was subsequently commodore in the East Indies, and after his promotion to flag-rank in 1778 became a K.B., and rear-admiral on that station. There he fought five actions with the French under Suffren, and distinguished himself as a tactician and organiser. He had in the meantime, in 1780, been made a vice-admiral, and in 1793 he was promoted to be admiral. He died in 1794.