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, 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 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 Service10.11.1759E-WIKI
Date of Death10.1.1761CSORN
Cause of DeathTyphoid FeverE-WIKI
Burial1761 - Hatchlands Park, Surrey E-WIKI

Ships Owned

17561756Falmouth (26)  

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
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 , CornwallE-WIKI
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 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 
10.17592.1760Royal William (84), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
10.11.1759 General of Marines ADM 192/1/3ADM 192
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

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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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