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Sir John Lawson


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1610TRN2
First Known Service1642TRN2
Last Known Service25.6.1665TRN2
Date of Death13.6.1665TRN2

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
16421646
Covenant (12) 1645-1646
British 12 Gun
Hired
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
1650 
Trade's Increase (48) 1646-1652
British 48 Gun
Hired Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer
W015
1651 
Fairfax (52) 1650-1653
British 52 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
16511652
Centurion (34) 1650-1689
British 34 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
165221.3.1652/53
Fairfax (52) 1650-1653
British 52 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Vice-Admiral of the Red and Commanding Officer
NRS037
19.5.1652 Battle of Dover 
30.11.1652 Battle of Dungeness 
14.12.1652 Action of 1652-12-14 
16531654
George (52) 1622-1697
British 52 Gun
2nd Rate Great Ship
1650 Renamed "George"
1660 Renamed "Saint George"
, Admiral of the Blue and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
18.2.1652/5320.2.1652/53Battle of Portland 
2.6.16533.6.1653Commanded the The Blue Squadron - Main body at the Battle of the Gabbard 
31.7.1653 Battle of Scheveningen 
16541655
Fairfax (52) 1653-1674
British 52 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
1656 
Resolution (64) 1641-1661
British 64 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
1649 Renamed "Resolution"
1660 Renamed "Royal Prince"
, Vice-Admiral and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
16591660
James (48) 1634-1682
British 48 Gun
2nd Rate Great Ship
1660 Renamed "Old James"
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
1660 CaptainCSORN
1660 Appointed Knight Bachelor 
1660 
London (64) 1656-1665
British 64 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
1661 Vice-AdmiralCSORN
1.4.166115.1.1662/63
Swiftsure (64) 1653-1666
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Vice-Admiral and Commanding Officer
B051
1662 AdmiralCSORN
30.3.166223.11.1663
Resolution (50) 1654-1666
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1660 Renamed "Resolution"
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
1664 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
12.11.16649.2.1664/65
Swiftsure (64) 1653-1666
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Vice-Admiral of the Red and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
23.2.1664/657.3.1664/65
London (64) 1656-1665
British 64 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Vice-Admiral of the Red and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
27.3.166525.6.1665
Royal Oak (76) 1664-1667
British 76 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Vice-Admiral of the Red and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
3.6.1665 Commanded the The Vanguard - Red Squadron at the Battle of Lowestoft 

Notes on Officer


From the Royal Navy Vol II (footnote)
John Lawson. Born about 1610. Originally the Anabaptist master of a collier. Served ashore and afloat during the Civil War. Commanded the Centurion in North Sea, 1650. Commanded Fairfax, 1652. Rear-Admiral of England. Vice-Admiral (R.) in the action off Portland, 1653. Admiral (B.) in the actions of June and July, 1653. Vice-Admiral of England, 1653. Knighted, 1660. Reduced the Barbary States, 1661. Vice-Admiral (R.) 1665. Mortally wounded in the action of June 3rd, 1665, and died on June 25th. Buried at St. Dunstan's-in-the-East.


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