Sir Robert Holmes

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), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
9.11.166018.8.1661Henrietta (52), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
1661 Rear-AdmiralCSORN
9.8.166222.9.1663Reserve (44), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
16631664Jersey (40), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
14.3.1664/6514.6.1665Revenge (52), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
3.6.1665 Battle of Lowestoft 
1666 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
27.3.1666 Appointed Knight BachelorODNB
28.3.16662.6.1666Defiance (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
1.6.16664.6.1666Commanded the Red Squadron, Rear Division at the Four Days Battle 
3.6.16669.6.1666Defiance (64), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1603
10.6.166621.1.1666/67Henry (64), Rear-Admiral of the Red and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
25.7.166626.7.1666St James Day Battle 
8.8.1666 Fanfan (4), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1603
9.8.166610.8.1666Tiger (40), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1603
9.8.166610.8.1666Holmes' Bonfire 
1667 AdmiralCSORN
9.1667 Defiance (64), as Flag Officer, AdmiralBWAS-1603
26.3.166815.9.1668Cambridge (68), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
16.1.1671/7222.10.1672Saint Michael (90), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-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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