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Sir Robert Holmes


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1622ODNB
First Known Service1660ODNB
Last Known Service22.10.1672ODNB
Date of Death18.11.1692 - Yarmouth, Isle of WightODNB

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
1660 CaptainCSORN
6.1660 
Truelove (14) 1647-1673
British 14 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
9.11.166018.8.1661
Henrietta (52) 1654-1689
British 52 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1660 Renamed "Henrietta"
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
1661 Rear-AdmiralCSORN
9.8.166222.9.1663
Reserve (44) 1650-1701
British 44 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
16631664
Jersey (40) 1654-1691
British 40 Gun
4th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
14.3.1664/6514.6.1665
Revenge (52) 1654-1678
British 52 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1660 Renamed "Revenge"
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
3.6.1665 Battle of Lowestoft 
1666 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
27.3.1666 Appointed Knight BachelorODNB
28.3.16662.6.1666
Defiance (64) 1666-1668
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
1.6.16664.6.1666Commanded the Red Squadron, Rear Division at the Four Days Battle 
3.6.16669.6.1666
Defiance (64) 1666-1668
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Red
BWAS-1603
10.6.166621.1.1666/67
Henry (64) 1656-1682
British 64 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
1660 Renamed "Henry"
, Rear-Admiral of the Red and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
25.7.166626.7.1666St James Day Battle 
8.8.1666 
Fanfan (4) 1666-1693
British 4 Gun
6th Rate Ketch
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Red
BWAS-1603
9.8.166610.8.1666
Tiger (40) 1647-1681
British 40 Gun
4th Rate Frigate
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Red
BWAS-1603
9.8.166610.8.1666Holmes' Bonfire 
1667 AdmiralCSORN
9.1667 
Defiance (64) 1666-1668
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Admiral
BWAS-1603
26.3.166815.9.1668
Cambridge (68) 1666-1694
British 68 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
16.1.1671/7222.10.1672
Saint Michael (90) 1669-1706
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
13.3.1671/72 Commanded the Initial Attackers at the Battle of Smyrna Convoy 
28.5.1672 Battle of Solebay 


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Posted by Richard de Grijs on Thursday 5th of March 2020 18:00

The year of first known service cited here, 1660, misses much of Robert Holmes's earlier career. When in 1648 a part of the fleet went over to the exiled king, Holmes (an army captain), following Prince Maurice and his brother Rupert, came into his first contact with the navy. He participated in the epic cruise of the Royalist fleet of 1649 – 1652 to Kinsale, the Mediterranean, West Africa, and the West Indies. (e.g. Richard Ollard, 2001, Man of War, London: Phoenix Press)


Posted by Brian on Wednesday 20th of January 2016 02:37

London Gazette 1667 Kinsale Sept. 13: On Wednesday last arrived here Sir Robert Holmes with six men of war, and 14 merchant ships under his convoy, whereof 3 Virginia ships, and 11 from the Streights, of which last numbered were: The Smirns Factor; The John and David; The Merchant's Servant; The Experiment; The Hopeful Employment; The Margaret and Elizabeth; The James and 3 others.

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