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Admiral Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)

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

The Hon. Edward Boscawen


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor, Ship Owner, Administrator, Marine 
Date of Birth19.8.1711 - Tregothnan, CornwallE-WIKI
First Known Service4.1.1725/26E-WIKI
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
Nephew
Thomas Lennox FrederickBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1799
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BrotherHon. Hugh, MP (1707-82)HPO
BrotherHon. George, MP (1712-75)HPO
BrotherHon. John, MP (1714-67)HPO
Last Known Service10.11.1759E-WIKI
Date of Death10.1.1761CSORN
Cause of DeathTyphoid FeverE-WIKI
Burial1761 - Hatchlands Park, Surrey E-WIKI

Ships Owned


FromToVesselSource
17561756
Falmouth (26) 1752-1766
British 26 Gun
Merchant East Indiaman
 

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 LieutenantCSORN
12.3.1736/37 CaptainCSORN
12.3.1736/373.5.1737
Leopard (50) 1721-1740
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/61
BWAS-1603
13.6.173824.3.1740/41
Shoreham (8) 1720-1744
British 8 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/123
BWAS-1714
4.3.1740/415.1741Operations against Cartagena 
25.3.174122.6.1742
Prince Frederick (70) 1740-1784
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/109
Confirmed 18.10.1742
BWAS-1714
21.6.174210.1.1761Elected a Member of Parliament for TruroHPO
23.6.174212.2.1744/45
Dreadnought (60) 1742-1784
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/66
BWAS-1714
2.12.174530.5.1746
Namur (74) 1746-1749
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/28
BWAS-1714
11.2.1745/4617.7.1746Appointed Commander-in-Chief — River Medway and The Nore ADM 6/17/62ADM 6/17
4.9.174615.7.1747
Namur (74) 1746-1749
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/149
BWAS-1714
3.5.1747 1st Battle of Cape Finisterre 
15.7.1747 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
15.7.174713.4.1749
Namur (74) 1746-1749
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
17481750Appointed Commander-in-Chief — East Indies 
12.5.1748 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteADM 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 , CornwallE-WIKI
4.2.1755 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
4.2.17558.1.1756
Torbay (74) 1749-1784
British 74 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
1750 Renamed "Torbay"
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-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 
8.1.17568.1756
Invincible (74) 1747-1758
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the White
BWAS-1714
8.17567.2.1758
Royal George (100) 1756-1782
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the White
BWAS-1714
2.12.1756 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteADM 6/18
24.2.1757 Vice-Admiral of the RedADM 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 BlueADM 6/18
8.2.175810.1759
Namur (90) 1756-1804
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-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 CounsellorE-WIKI
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 
10.17592.1760
Royal William (84) 1757-1813
British 84 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
10.11.1759 General of MarinesADM 192
15.1.1760 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — English Channel ADM 6/19/127ADM 6/19
2.17601.9.1760
Namur (90) 1756-1804
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Admiral of the Blue
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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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