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Sir John Wetwang


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service1653CSORN
Brother
Joseph WetwangBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1678
ref:1059
Last Known Service19.5.1681CSORN
Date of Death1684 - Madras B051

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
16531654
Sparrow (16) 1653-1659
British 16 Gun
Unrated Pink
, Commander and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
1665 CaptainCSORN
10.2.1664/659.5.1666
Norwich (22) 1655-1682
British 22 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer
B051
3.6.1665 Battle of Lowestoft 
3.8.1665 Battle of Vågen 
10.5.166616.11.1667
Tiger (40) 1647-1681
British 40 Gun
4th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
25.7.166626.7.1666St James Day Battle 
9.8.166610.8.1666Holmes' Bonfire 
10.5.166813.6.1668
Dunkirk (50) 1651-1703
British 50 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1660 Renamed "Dunkirk"
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
29.7.16682.12.1668
Edgar (70) 1668-1702
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
B051
19.1.1671/7230.10.1672
Edgar (70) 1668-1702
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
B051
28.5.1672 Battle of Solebay 
9.11.167216.3.1672/73
Warspite (64) 1666-1702
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
B051
1.7.167330.10.1673
Royal Sovereign (100) 1660-1679
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
11.8.1673 Battle of Texel 
10.11.167315.2.1675/76
Newcastle (50) 1653-1692
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
B051
4.3.1673/74 Battle of Ronas Voe 
7.1.1677/7828.3.1678
Monmouth (64) 1667-1699
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
B051
25.3.167828.8.1678
Royal James (100) 1675-1694
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
1691 Renamed "Victory"
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
20.6.167920.9.1679
Northumberland (70) 1679-1699
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
21.10.167919.5.1681
Woolwich (54) 1675-1702
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
B051
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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