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Richard Lestock


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth2.2.1678/79CSORN
First Known Service14.4.1701CSORN
Father
Richard LestockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1691-1705
ODNB
WifeSarah (d. 1744)E-WIKI
DaughterElizabeth [Peacock]E-WIKI
SonRichard (1723-?)ref:1059
Last Known Service5.6.1746CSORN
Date of Death1748CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
14.4.1701 LieutenantADM 6/6
14.4.170112.7.1701
Cambridge (80) 1695-1713
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Third Lieutenant,
ADM 6/6
3.11.170126.1.1701/2
Solebay (24) 1694-1709
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Lieutenant, ADM 6/6/120
ADM 6/6
27.1.1701/227.2.1703/4
Exeter (60) 1697-1740
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Second Lieutenant, ADM 6/6/140
ADM 6/6
28.2.1703/417.12.1704
Barfleur (90) 1697-1713
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Fourth Lieutenant, ADM 6/8/56
ADM 6/8
13.8.1704 Battle of Malaga 
18.12.170426.12.1704
Britannia (100) 1682-1715
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Third Lieutenant, ADM 6/8/123
ADM 6/8
27.12.170413.1.1705/6
Britannia (100) 1682-1715
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Second Lieutenant, ADM 6/8/128
ADM 6/8
14.1.1705/6 CommanderBWAS-1603
14.1.1705/628.4.1706
Vulture (8) 1690-1708
British 8 Gun
5th Rate Fireship
, Commander, and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
29.4.1706 CaptainCSORN
29.4.170614.4.1709
Fowey (32) 1705-1709
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/9/15
Confirmed 30.9.1706
BWAS-1603
18.5.171025.2.1712/13
Weymouth (50) 1693-1717
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/11/45
BWAS-1603
7.8.1711 Capture of the San Joaquín 
16.2.1715/1631.1.1716/17
Weymouth (50) 1693-1717
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/62
ADM 6/12
29.1.1716/179.12.1717
Panther (54) 1716-1768
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1745 Renamed "Panther Hulk"
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/85
BWAS-1603
15.3.1717/1816.3.1717/18
Barfleur (90) 1716-1755
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Second Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/118
ADM 6/12
26.7.172819.2.1728/29
Princess Amelia (80) 1726-1752
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1727 Renamed "Princess Amelia"
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/211
BWAS-1714
20.2.1728/2922.12.1729
Royal Oak (70) 1713-1737
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/14
BWAS-1603
3.7.173120.2.1731/32
Royal Oak (70) 1713-1737
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/84
ADM 6/14
29.1.1731/3220.2.1731/32Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Portsmouth ADM 6/14/100ADM 6/14
21.2.1731/32 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Jamaica ADM 6/14/102ADM 6/14
21.2.1731/3222.2.1733/34
Kingston (60) 1719-1736
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore,
BWAS-1714
22.2.1733/3412.4.1738
Somerset (80) 1731-1746
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/166
BWAS-1714
13.4.17389.8.1739
Grafton (70) 1725-1744
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/106
BWAS-1714
10.8.173911.1.1740/41
Boyne (80) 1739-1763
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/209
BWAS-1714
12.1.1740/416.1741
Boyne (80) 1739-1763
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore,
BWAS-1714
16.11.1741 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/15/478ADM 6/15
16.11.174112.3.1741/42
Neptune (90) 1730-1749
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore,
BWAS-1714
1.12.17417.12.1741Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Portsmouth ADM 6/15/485ADM 6/15
12.3.1741/42 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteADM 6/16
13.3.1741/428.1744
Neptune (90) 1730-1749
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the White,
BWAS-1714
9.8.1743 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
7.12.1743 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
7.12.1743 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/16/247ADM 6/16
10.2.1743/4411.2.1743/44Commanded the Rear Division at the Battle of Toulon 
5.1746 Court Martial : Court Martial held onto his conduct at the Battle of Toulon where he failed to follow orders. He was acquitted on a technicality.ref:1059
5.6.1746 Admiral of the BlueCSORN
5.6.1746 
Princess (70) 1740-1784
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Admiral of the Blue,
BWAS-1714


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Posted by Albert Parker on Wednesday 21st of September 2022 22:25

Regarding Lestock's appointment as c-in-c at Jamaica, Daniel Baugh writes in Lestock's entry in the /Oxford Dictionary of National Biography/,
"contrary winds delayed his departure [from England] until 29 April. Just three weeks later, however, Sir Chaloner Ogle was appointed as commander-in-chief at Jamaica and on 15 June a letter written by the lords [of the Admiralty] themselves ordered Lestock to strike his flag and return to England. No reason was assigned . . . Why he was suddenly superseded in this way remains a mystery, but it may be connected with his being passed over for flag-rank in 733 and 1734, when five captains of lesser seniority were promoted."

Although Lestock acted as c-in-c in the Mediterranean after the physical and mental breakdown of Rear-Adm. Nicholas Haddock in early 1742, Thomas Mathews came out of retirement from the active list of captains (he was the Commissioner for the Chatham Dockyard) and was promoted to directly to vice-admiral (the rank he would have had if he had remained on the active list and been promoted to flag rank when he reached the top) to take over the Mediterranean command. It has generally been assumed that resentment by Lestock at *NOT* getting the Mediterranean command in 1742 was a factor in his sabotage of Mathews' attack on the Franco-Spanish fleet on February 11/22, 1744, along with other personal disagreements between Lestok and Mathews. On that occasion, Lestock commanded one of the three squadrons on the fleet, about 1/3 of the ships, and contrived to keep them all out of the action.

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