Admiral Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)

This is a copy of the painting owned by Lord Falmouth painted in 1755-56.

The Hon. Edward Boscawen

RolesNaval Sailor, Ship Owner, Administrator 
Date of Birth19.8.1711 - Tregothnan, CornwallEWIKI
First Known Service4.1.1725/26EWIKI
Father Hugh Boscawen, 1st Visc. Falmouth (c.1680–1734)ODNB
Mother Charlotte (d. 1754) daughter of Charles & Arabella GodfreyODNB
WifeFrances Glanville (1719–1805) - Married 11.12.1742ODNB
DaughterFrances [Leveson-Gower] (1746-1813)PEER
DaughterElizabeth [Somerset] (1747-1828)HPO
SonUnknown (c.1757-?)PEER
SonUnknown (c.1757-?)HPO
SonGeorge Evelyn, 3rd Visc. Falmouth (1758-1808)PEER
NephewThomas Lennox Frederick (1750-1799)ref:676
BrotherHon. Hugh, MP (1707-82)HPO
BrotherHon. George, MP (1712-75)HPO
BrotherHon. John, MP (1714-67)HPO
Last Known Service10.1.1761EWIKI
Date of Death10.1.1761CSORN
Cause of DeathTyphoid FeverEWIKI
Burial1761 - Hatchlands Park, Surrey EWIKI

Ships Owned

2.10.17561756Falmouth (30)  

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
1.4.1726 Entered the navyDCB
25.5.1732 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/210RNLPC
14.6.1732 Lieutenant ADM 6/14/111CSORN
12.3.1736/37 Captain ADM 6/15/61CSORN
12.3.1736/373.5.1737Leopard (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/61BWAS-1603
13.6.173824.3.1740/41Shoreham (8), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/123BWAS-1714
4.3.1740/415.1741Operations against Cartagena 
25.3.174122.6.1742Prince Frederick (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/109
Commission confirmed 18.10.1742
21.6.174210.1.1761Elected a Member of Parliament for TruroHPO
23.6.174212.2.1744/45Dreadnought (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/66BWAS-1714
2.12.174530.5.1746Namur (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/28BWAS-1714
11.2.1745/4617.7.1746Appointed Commander-in-Chief — River Medway and The Nore ADM 6/17/62ADM 6/17
4.9.174615.7.1747Namur (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/149BWAS-1714
3.5.1747 1st Battle of Cape Finisterre 
15.7.1747 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/17/246CSORN
15.7.174713.4.1749Namur (74), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
17481750Appointed Commander-in-Chief — East Indies 
12.5.1748 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 3/17/354ADM 6/17
1751 Elected an Elder Brother of Trinity HouseHPO
175110.1.1761Appointed General of MarinesHPO
22.6.175110.1.1761Appointed Lord Commissioner of the AdmiraltyOHMB4
17551761Appointed Vice-Admiral of the Coast , CornwallEWIKI
4.2.1755 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/130CSORN
4.2.17558.1.1756Torbay (74), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
27.4.17554.11.1755Commander of the Fleet for North America  
6.6.17558.6.1755Commander-in-Chief at the Action of 6-8 June 1755 
6.6.17558.6.1755Action of 6-8 June 1755 
8.1.17568.1756Invincible (74), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
8.17567.2.1758Royal George (100), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
2.12.1756 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/18/331ADM 6/18
24.2.1757 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/18/361ADM 6/18
18.5.1757 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — English Channel ADM 6/18/400ADM 6/18
29.12.1757 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — North America ADM 6/18/466ADM 6/18
31.1.1758 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/480ADM 6/18
8.2.175810.1759Namur (90), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
6.6.175827.7.1758Commander-in-Chief at the The Siege of Louisbourg 
6.6.175827.7.1758The Siege of Louisbourg 
1.175910.1.1761Appointed Privy CounsellorEWIKI
29.5.1759 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/19/51ADM 6/19
18.8.175919.8.1759Commander-in-Chief at the Battle of Lagos Bay 
18.8.175919.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay 
10.17592.1760Royal William (84), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
15.1.1760 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — English Channel ADM 6/19/127ADM 6/19
2.17601.9.1760Namur (90), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueW029


EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
PEERThe Peerage dot comVariousWeb Site
HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
DCBDictionary of Candian Biography onlineVariousWeb Site
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
OHMB4Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870J.C. SaintyWeb Site
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
W029Seven Years War ProjectRichard CoutureWeb Site

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Wednesday 30th of April 2014 00:40

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 31 (1761).
Some account of the life of late Admiral Boscawen - The late Right Hon. Edward Boscawen, Esq. was the second surviving son of Hugh, late Ld. Viscount, Falmouth; and having entered early into the navy, was Capt. of the Shoreham, 20 guns, in 1740 and distinguished himself as a volunteer under Vernon Nov. 21at the taking and destroying the fortifications of Porto Bello. At the siege of Carthagna, in March 1740-41 he had the command of a body of seamen, who resolutely attacked and took a fascine battery of fifteen 24 pounders, tho exposed to the fire another fort of 5 guns, which they knew nothing of, and spiked up all those cannon, by which Gen Wentworth had complained the enemy had much galled him.

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