Sir George Rooke


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1650 - CanterburyODNB
First Known Service1672ODNB
FatherColonel Sir William Rooke (1620/21-1691)ODNB
MotherJane Finch (d. 1711)ODNB
BrotherThomas Rooke (d.1701)ODNB
Last Known Service2.1705ODNB
Date of Death24.1.1708/9ODNB

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
1672 LieutenantCSORN
16721673London (96), LieutenantODNB
28.5.1672 Battle of Solebay 
1673 Prince (100), LieutenantB051
28.5.1673 First Battle of Schooneveld 
4.6.1673 Second Battle of Schooneveld 
11.8.1673 Battle of Texel 
13.9.1673 CaptainCSORN
13.11.167311.11.1674Holmes (24), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
1.1676 Obtained a commission as marine lieutenant in Captain Charles Middleton's company of foot in the duke of York's regimentODNB
25.4.167710.7.1680Nonsuch (36), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
11.7.16808.1.1681/82Hampshire (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
14.4.16831.11.1684Saint David (54), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
1684 Took up again his marine lieutenant's commission in the hereditary prince of Denmark's regiment of foot (later, Prince George of Denmark's regiment)ODNB
10.5.1687 Promoted to Captain in the regimentODNB
9.16889.12.1689Deptford (50), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
1.5.1689 Battle of Bantry Bay 
9.12.16895.1690Eagle (70), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
5.169011.1690Duchess (90), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedODNB
6.5.1690 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
3.6.1690 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
30.6.1690 Battle of Beachy Head 
3.1690/91 Escorted the king on his return from the NetherlandsODNB
20.1.1691/92 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
22.1.1691/92 Appointed one of the extra commissioners of the Navy BoardODNB
5.16923.1692/93Neptune (94), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueODNB
19.5.1692 Commanded the Van - Blue Squadron at the Battle of Barfleur 
1693 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
26.1.1692/93 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
13.2.1692/93 Appointed Knight BatchelorODNB
5.16938.1693Royal Oak (70), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the RedODNB
17.6.1693 Commanded the British Squadron ( 16 ships) at the Battle of Lagos 
2.7.1693 Admiral of the BlueCSORN
2.1694 The King appointed him deputy lieutenant of KentODNB
2.5.169426.1.1701/2Appointed Lord Commissioner of the AdmiraltyOHMB4
1.8.1695 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean SeaADM 6/3
2.8.1695 Admiral of the White ADM 6/3/67CSORN
28.4.1696 Admiral of the FleetCSORN
5.1697 Britannia (100), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the FleetODNB
1700 Shrewsbury (80), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the FleetODNB
1700 Norfolk (80), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the FleetODNB
17021.5.1707Appointed Vice-Admiral of EnglandEWIKI
28.1.1701/2 Admiral of the White ADM 6/7/1ADM 6/7
2.170211.1702Triumph (90), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
6.5.1702 Admiral of the Fleet ADM 6/7/33ADM 6/7
11.7.17021703Royal Sovereign (100), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the FleetB051
10.170211.1702Somerset (80), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the FleetBWAS-1714
12.10.1702 Battle of Vigo 
1.17042.1705Royal Katherine (96), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the FleetBWAS-1714
21.7.170423.7.1704Commander-in-Chief at the Capture of Gibraltar 
21.7.170423.7.1704Capture of Gibraltar 
13.8.1704 Commanded the Center Squadron at the Battle of Malaga 
1.5.170724.1.1708/9Appointed Vice-Admiral of Great BritainEWIKI

Notes on Officer


The text of Sir George Rooke's patent as Vice-Admiral of England
Anne, by the grace of God of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, &c. To all to whom these presents shall come greeting. Know ye that We, reposing especial trust and confidence in the ability, experience, care, and fidelity of our trusty and well-beloved Sir George Rooke, Knight, of our especial grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion, have given and granted, and by these presents do give and grant unto you, the said Sir George Rooke, the office and place, offices and places, of Vice-Admiral and Lieutenant of the Admiralty of England, and of the Lieutenant of the Navies and seas of this our kingdom; and him, the said Sir George Rooke, Vice-Admiral and Lieutenant of the Admiralty of England, and also Lieutenant of the Navies and seas of this our kingdom of England, We do make, ordain, and constitute by these presents, to have, hold, exercise and enjoy the said office and offices, place and places, unto the said Sir George Rooke during our pleasure. And also know ye that We, of our more ample grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion, have given and granted, and by these presents do give and grant unto the said Sir George Rooke, for the better enabling him to perform the said offices and places, the wages and fee of twenty shillings by the day, and the wages, allowance, and entertainment, of 10s. 6d. the month for sixteen men, accounting twenty-eight days to the month ; to have, hold, receive and take the said 20s. by the day, and the said allowance and entertainment of 10s. 6d. by the month for sixteen men unto him the said Sir George Rooke, from the first day of May in the first year of our reign; during the continuance of his said employment the payment of all the said wages and allowances to be made by the hands of the Treasurer of our Navy, now for the time being at the four usual feasts of the year that is to say, the feasts of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, St. Michael the Archangel, the Birth of Our Lord Christ, and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by equal and even portions ; and the first payment thereof to be made at the feast of St. John the Baptist now next coming, and from thenceforth quarterly, as aforesaid, together with all other wages, fees, profits, rights, perquisites, privileges, pre-eminences, jurisdictions, powers, authorities, and advantages whatsoever to the said office or offices or any of them appertaining; and hereby give and grant unto the said Sir George Rooke full power and authority, under the Lord High Admiral now being, or the Lord High Admiral or Commissioners for executing the office of Lord High Admiral for the time being, to order, govern, and direct the said Navies, and all and every the masters, soldiers, gunners, and other officers to the same belonging ; and to take and retain all and every the masters, mariners, soldiers, gunners, or other person or persons whatsoever to be used in the said Navies and seas aforesaid under the said Lord High Admiral or Commissioners for executing the office of Lord High Admiral of England for the time being, as occasion shall require, or commandment shall be given by us, our heirs, or successors, or the Lord High Admiral of England or Commissioners of the Admiralty for the time being ; and them to remove, as occasion shall require, at the liberty and pleasure under the Lord High Admiral or Commissioners of the Admiralty for the time being, of the said Sir George Rooke; and all and every other power, privilege, jurisdiction, thing or things whatsoever, which doth or may concern the said office or offices of the government of the said Navies and seas, to do, perform and accomplish from time to time, under the Lord High Admiral or Commissioners of the Admiralty for the time being, as Vice-Admiral of our said Navies and seas, as amply and effectually as the late Prince Rupert Count Palatine of the Rhine; or Edward, late Earl of Sandwich; or Henry, late Duke of Grafton ; or Arthur, Earl of Torrington; or any other Vice-Admiral heretofore ever had, enjoyed, or performed the same, although the express mention of the certainty of the premises in these presents is not made, or any other thing, cause, or matter whatsoever in any wise notwithstanding. In witness whereof we have caused these our letters to be made Patents.

Witness ourself at Westminster the 14th of May in the first year of our reign.

WRIGHT.

The Smyrna convoy escort
consisted of:Royal Oak, Breda, Monmouth, Lumley Castle, Monk, Lyon, Loyal Merchant, Princess Anne, Tyger Prize, Woolwich, Newcastle, Chatham, Smyrna Factor, Sheerness, Lark, Salamaner bomb, Dispatch, Vulture fireship, Speedwell fireship, Muscovy Merchant storeship as well as eight Dutch men of war.
George Rooke's squadron in April 1688
Deptford, Antelope, Swallow, Bonadventure, Portland, Dartmouth, Geryhound, Kingfisher ketch and Henrietta yacht.

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IIJohn CharnockDigital Book
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
OHMB4Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870J.C. SaintyWeb Site
ADM 6/3ADM 6/3 Commission and Warrant Book 1694/5 Jan.-1696 25 May Archive
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ADM 6/7ADM 6/7 Commission and Warrent Book 1702 28 Jan.-1703 6 July Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book

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