Sir John Lawson

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

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
16421646Covenant (12), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
1650 Trade's Increase (48), Captain and Commanding OfficerW015
1651 Fairfax (52), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
16511652Centurion (34), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
165221.3.1652/53Fairfax (52), Vice-Admiral of the Red and Commanding OfficerB142
19.5.1652 Battle of Dover 
30.11.1652 Battle of Dungeness 
14.12.1652 Action of 1652-12-14 
16531654George (52), Admiral of the Blue and Commanding OfficerBWAS-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 
16541655Fairfax (52), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
1656 Resolution (64), Vice-Admiral and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
16591660James (48), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
1660 CaptainCSORN
1660 Appointed Knight Batchelor 
1660 London (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
1661 Vice-AdmiralCSORN
1.4.166115.1.1662/63Swiftsure (64), Vice-Admiral and Commanding OfficerB051
1662 AdmiralCSORN
30.3.166223.11.1663Resolution (50), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
1664 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
12.11.16649.2.1664/65Swiftsure (64), Vice-Admiral of the Red and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
23.2.1664/657.3.1664/65London (64), Vice-Admiral of the Red and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
27.3.166525.6.1665Royal Oak (76), Vice-Admiral of the Red and Commanding OfficerBWAS-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.


TRN2The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
W015English Parliamentary JournalsVariousWeb Site
B142NRS Vol 037 - The First Dutch War - Vol IVAndersonBook
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book

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