Sir John Wetwang


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service1653CSORN
BrotherJoseph Wetwangref:1059
Last Known Service1.1681CSORN
Date of Death1684 - Madras B051

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
16531654Sparrow (16), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
1665 CaptainCSORN
10.2.1664/659.5.1666Norwich (22), Captain and Commanding OfficerB051
3.6.1665 Battle of Lowestoft 
3.8.1665 Battle of Vågen 
10.5.166616.11.1667Tiger (40), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
25.7.166626.7.1666St James Day Battle 
9.8.166610.8.1666Holmes' Bonfire 
10.5.166813.6.1668Dunkirk (50), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
29.7.16682.12.1668Edgar (70), Captain and Commanding OfficerB051
19.1.1671/7230.10.1672Edgar (70), Captain and Commanding OfficerB051
28.5.1672 Battle of Solebay 
9.11.167216.3.1672/73Warspite (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerB051
1.7.167330.10.1673Royal Sovereign (100), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
11.8.1673 Battle of Texel 
10.11.167315.2.1675/76Newcastle (50), Captain and Commanding OfficerB051
4.3.1673/74 Battle of Ronas Voe 
7.1.1677/7828.3.1678Monmouth (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerB051
25.3.167828.8.1678Royal James (100), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
20.6.167920.9.1679Northumberland (70), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
21.10.16791.1681Woolwich (54), Captain and Commanding OfficerB051
20.11.1680 Appointed Knight BachelorB051

Notes on Officer


Biographyref:1059

ETWANG, Sir JOHN (d. 1684), captain in the navy, had possibly been with Prince Rupert or the French privateers during the Commonwealth (cf. Gardiner, First Dutch War, i. 21). The first mention of him is in 1665, when he was appointed captain of the Norwich, a fifth-rate attached to the red squadron in the action off Lowestoft on 3 June. In 1666 he was captain of the Tiger, in 1668 of the Dunkirk, a third-rate. In 1672 he commanded the 70-gun ship Edgar, one of the blue squadron, in the battle of Solebay; in 1673 he was flag-captain to Prince Rupert in the Sovereign. In November he was appointed to the Newcastle, in which, in March 1674, he captured a large Dutch East Indiaman ‘of very great value.’ At the end of the war he took the Newcastle out to the Mediterranean, whence he brought home the ‘trade’ in the spring of 1676. In 1678 he commanded the Royal James as flag-captain to Sir Thomas Allin [q. v.]; in 1679 he was captain of the Northumberland, in 1680 of the Woolwich. On 20 Nov. 1680 he was knighted. In October 1683 he was appointed captain of the East India Company's ship Royal James, with a double commission from the king and the company to command the fleet in the East Indies for reinstating the king of Bantam and re-establishing the trade there. With him was Sir Thomas Grantham [q. v.], who had a commission to command in his absence. Wetwang died at Fort St. George, Madras, within a few weeks of his arrival in 1684. His will (in Somerset House: Cann, 50)—signed 18 Oct. 1683, proved 8 April 1685—constitutes his ‘dear and well-beloved wife Isabel’ sole executrix, and leaves everything to her during her natural life; after her death, which happened in 1691, to be equally divided among his four sons—Robert, John, Samuel, and Joseph. A brother Joseph, a captain in the navy, is mentioned by Charnock (ii. 58).




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