Andrew Leake

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service7.8.1690CSORN
FatherAndrew Leakeref:1059
Last Known Service13.1.1701/2CSORN
Date of Death13.8.1704CSORN
Cause of DeathEnemy ActionCSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
7.8.1690 CaptainCSORN
17.8.169015.1.1690/91Roebuck (28), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
9.1.1690/9116.2.1691/92Fox (28), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
7.1693 James Galley (30), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
16947.6.1696Lancaster (80), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
8.6.169631.10.1697Canterbury (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/4/92
Commission confirmed 22.4.1697
25.11.169813.1.1701/2Hampshire (54), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/5/34BWAS-1714
14.1.1701/25.2.1702/3Torbay (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/6/130BWAS-1714
12.10.1702 Battle of Vigo 
6.2.1702/318.3.1702/3Ranelagh (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/7/86ADM 6/7
19.3.1702/323.3.1702/3Cambridge (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/7/108ADM 6/7
24.3.1702/325.4.1703Lancaster (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/7/108ADM 6/7
5.170313.8.1704Grafton (70), Captain and Commanding OfficerTRN2
21.7.170423.7.1704Capture of Gibraltar 
13.8.1704 Battle of Malaga 

Notes on Officer


LEAKE, Sir ANDREW (d. 1704), captain in the navy, son of Aidrew Leake, merchant, of Lowestoft, was, by the marriage of his sister Margaret, closely connected with Admiral Sir John Ashby [q. v.] and with Vice-admiral James Mighells, comptroller of the navy (Gillingwater, Hist. of Lowestoft, pp. 401, 410). On 7 Aug. 1690 he was promoted to be commander of the Roebuck fireship. He took post from 9 Jan. 1690-1, though during the following spring and summer he was in command of the Fox fireship. During the rest of the war he successively commanded the Greenwich, the Lancaster, and the Canterbury, all in the Channel, without any opportunity of distinction. Through 1698 he was unemployed, and is said to have busied himself in collecting funds for rebuilding the church at Lowestoft. In 1699 and 1/00 he was commodore of the squadron on the Newfoundland station for the protection of the fishery and the convoy of the trade thence to Cadiz, and the Mediterranean. In January 1701-2 he was appointed to the Torbay, as flag-captain to Vice-admiral Thomas Hopsonn [q. v.], with whom he served during the campaign of 1702, in the abortive attempt on Cadiz, and the capture or destruction of the Franco-Spanish fleet at Vigo in October. For his service on this occasion he was knighted. From February to May 1703 he commanded the Ranelagh at the Nore, and in May was appointed to the Grafton, one of the fleet sent to the Mediterranean under Sir Clowdisley Shovell {q. v.], and again in 1704 under Sir George Kooke [q. v.] The Grafton was one of the ships placed under the orders of Sir George Byng [q. v.] for the attack on Gibraltar, 22 July 1704, in which service she expended so much ammunition that in the battle of Malaga, where she was the leading ship of the red squadron, she ran short, and was obliged to quit the line. Before this Leake had been mortally wounded. After his wound had been dressed he had himself carried on the quarter-deck and placed in an armchair, where he died. 'From the grace and comeliness of his person,' he is said to have been called 'Queen Anne's handsome captain.'


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ref:1059Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900 Digital Book
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/7ADM 6/7 Commission and Warrent Book 1702 28 Jan.-1703 6 July Archive
TRN2The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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