Sir George Pocock by Thomas Hudson

George Pocock

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth6.3.1705/6 - Thames Ditton, Surrey TRN3
First Known Service1718TRN3
FatherThomas Pocock (1672-1745)ODNB
MotherJoyce Master (d.1745)ODNB
WifeSophia Pitt Drake (d.1767) - Married 28.11.1763ODNB
DaughterSophia (d. 1811)ODNB
SonGeorge (1765–1840)ODNB
UncleStreynsham Master (1680/81-1725)ODNB
CousinThe Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)ODNB
Last Known Service11.9.1766TRN3
Date of Death3.4.1792 - Curzon Street, London TRN3

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
12.11.172120.9.1722Looe (42), Midshipman Ordinary ADM 107/3/152ODNB
25.5.172313.4.1724Prince Frederick (70), Midshipman Ordinary ADM 107/3/152ODNB
19.4.1725 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/152ODNB
7.12.1726 Lieutenant ADM 6/13/204CSORN
28.6.173222.8.1732Namur (90), Third Lieutenant ADM 6/14/116ADM 6/14
9.5.173326.2.1733/34Namur (90), First Lieutenant ADM 6/14/44ADM 6/14
26.2.1733/34 Commander ADM 6/14/169CSORN
26.2.1733/3410.10.1737Bridgewater (32), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/169BWAS-1603
1.8.1738 Captain ADM 6/15/445CSORN
1.8.173815.12.1741Aldborough (8), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/445
Commission confirmed 26.8.1741
16.8.174219.8.1742Suffolk (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/85ADM 6/16
20.8.174230.12.1742Woolwich (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/89ADM1
31.12.17423.4.1743Shrewsbury (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/131ADM 6/16
4.4.17439.1747Sutherland (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/166BWAS-1714
2.11.1744 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Plymouth ADM 6/16/377ADM 6/16
6.5.17489.9.1748Sutherland (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/390
Issued by Henry Osborne (1694-1771)
Commission confirmed 18.10.1748
ADM 6/17
23.7.175217.11.1752Cumberland (66), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/41BWAS-1714
24.1.175428.3.1754Eagle (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/88ODNB
28.3.17544.7.1755Cumberland (66), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/95ADM 6/18
4.2.1755 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/18/130CSORN
4.7.17551757Cumberland (66), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
11.1.175614.1.1756Capture of Geriah 
4.6.1756 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/18/278CSORN
8.12.1756 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/331ADM 6/18
17571759Appointed Commander-in-Chief — East IndiesEWIKI
24.2.1757 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/18/362ADM 6/18
7.3.17571.4.1757Expedition against Chandernagore 
22.3.175723.3.1757Tiger (60), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the WhiteW029
17581760Yarmouth (64), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
31.1.1758 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/18/480ADM 6/18
29.4.1758 Commanded the British squadron at the Battle of Cuddalore 
3.8.1758 Commanded the British Squadron at the Battle of Negapatam 
10.9.1759 Commanded the British Squadron at the Battle of Pondicherry 
26.1.176018.3.1768Elected a Member of Parliament for PlymouthHPO
10.2.1761 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/19/277ADM 6/19
23.3.1761 Appointed Companion of the Order of the BathTKE1
176221.10.1762Namur (90), as Flag Officer, Vice-AdmiralBWAS-1714
6.6.176213.8.1762Commander-in-Chief at the Operations against Havana 
6.6.176213.8.1762Operations against Havana 
21.10.17621763Namur (90), as Flag Officer, AdmiralBWAS-1714
1763 Married Sophia (2 children)ODNB
2.8.1766 Pocock wrote to William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham "I take the liberty to ... express my surprise you should put such an indignity as I find your Lordship has, upon fifteen flag officers; I don’t mean to derogate from the merits of the worthy Admiral [Sir Charles Saunders] who is placed at the head of the Board of Admiralty for whom I have a great regard, but I apprehend it will occasion discontent and murmuring and may prove worse in its effects; for my own part, who have served the Crown upwards of forty-eight years, I can’t help thinking some notice might have been taken of me when a flag officer was in question to preside as chief in the naval department. And this unworthy treatment occasions me to take notice of it to your Lordship, who had formerly a pretty good opinion of the services I had rendered my King and country."HPO
11.9.1766 Resigned his flag in an audience with the KingHPO
17861790Appointed Master of Trinity HouseODNB


TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM1ADM 1 Admiralty: Correspondence and PapersAuthorityBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
W029Seven Years War ProjectRichard CoutureWeb Site
HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book

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