John Benbow

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth10.3.1652/53 - Cotton Hill,Shrewsbury ,ShropshireCSORN
First Known Service30.4.1678CSORN
FatherWilliam BenbowODNB
WifeMartha (d1722)ODNB
SonJohn Benbow (1681-1708)ODNB
Last Known Service11.1702CSORN
Date of Death4.11.1702 - Port Royal, KingstonODNB
Cause of DeathWounds received in actionCSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
30.4.167815.6.1679Rupert (64), Master's Mate 
15.6.167911.9.1681Nonsuch (36), Master 
1686 Owned and commanded a ship named the Benbow in the Levant tradeODNB
5.1686 Commanding the merchant vessel Malaga Merchant when she made a "stout and successful defence against a Salé rover"ODNB
1.6.1689 LieutenantODNB
1.6.168920.9.1689Elizabeth (70), Third LieutenantODNB
30.9.1689 CaptainCSORN
30.9.168926.10.1689York (58), Captain and Commanding OfficerTRN2
26.10.168912.11.1689Bonaventure (52), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
12.11.1689 May have been briefly (for a few days at most) in command of the Britannia, but she was laid up at the timeODNB
12.1689 Appointed master attendant of Chatham DockyardODNB
1690 Acted as Master of the FleetODNB
3.1689/90 Appointed master attendant of Deptford DockyardODNB
1692 Acted as Master of the FleetODNB
1692 Britannia (100), MasterODNB
5.1692 Elected an elder brother of Trinity HouseODNB
19.5.1692 Battle of Barfleur 
6.1692 Returned to his post as master attendant of Deptford DockyardODNB
9.1693 Appointed to joint command of a flotilla of bomb vessels ordered to attack St MaloODNB
9.169312.1693Norwich (54), as Flag Officer, CommodoreODNB
16.11.169319.11.1693Bombardment of St Malo 
9.1694 Appointed to joint command of a flotilla of bomb vessels ordered to attack DunkirkODNB
10.6.16958.1695Northumberland (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/3/61BWAS-1603
1.5.1696 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/3/150CSORN
5.5.1696 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Dunkirk

... "to be Commander in chief of his Majesties ships employed before Dunkirke, to continue in force during the current expedition."

ADM 6/3
1697 Duke (90), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1603
16.3.1697/98 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — West IndiesADM 6/5
13.11.16981701Gloucester (60), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1603
170111.1702Bredah (70), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the WhiteTRN2
30.6.1701 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/6/106CSORN
9.17011702Commander of the British Fleet for the West indies  
17024.11.1702Appointed Commander-in-Chief — JamaicaHJ-DB
19.1.1701/2 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
20.8.170224.8.1702Commanded the The British Squadron at the Benbow vs DuCasse 

Notes on Officer

Date of BirthODNB

Generally acepted as 1653, the date given is that recorded by the astrologer Partridge. for which no other documentary evidence exists.

However his age is given as 52 on his tombstone, which would place his birth in circa 1650.


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
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
ADM 6/3ADM 6/3 Commission and Warrant Book 1694/5 Jan.-1696 25 May Archive
ADM 6/5ADM 6/5 Commission and Warrent Book 1698 28 Jan.-1699 1 June Archive
HJ-DBHistoric JamaicaFrank CundallBook

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