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Polycarpus Taylor


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service4.5.1733CSORN
Last Known Service6.12.1762CSORN
Date of Death1780 - Durham CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
4.5.1733 Lieutenant ADM 6/14/219CSORN
2.5.1743 CaptainCSORN
2.5.174323.6.1743
Fowey (42) 1709-1746
British 42 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1744 Renamed "Queenborough"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/343
Confirmed 20.7.1744
BWAS-1603
23.6.174329.7.1744
Basilisk (8) 1740-1750
British 8 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/469
Issued by
Edward VernonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1702-1757
, Jamaica
Confirmed 9.6.1749
BWAS-1714
27.8.17443.11.1747
Fowey (44) 1744-1748
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/356
BWAS-1714
3.11.174729.1.1747/48
Warwick (60) 1733-1756
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/514
Issued by
Sir Charles Knowles (1st Baronet Knowles)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica
Confirmed 23.3.1749/50
ADM 6/17
29.1.1747/4823.6.1748
Elizabeth (70) 1737-1766
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/514
Issued by
Sir Charles Knowles (1st Baronet Knowles)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica
Confirmed 23.3.1749/50
BWAS-1714
9.4.1748 Battle of Santiago de Cuba 
29.10.174812.12.1749
Rippon (54) 1735-1751
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/514
Issued by
Sir Charles Knowles (1st Baronet Knowles)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica
Confirmed 23.3.1749/50
BWAS-1714
7.6.17563.10.1756
Culloden (74) 1747-1770
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/277
ADM 6/18
3.10.175625.1.1758
Deptford (50) 1732-1767
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/348
Issued by
Lord Edward Hawke (1st Baron Hawke of Towton)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1720-1776
, English Channel
Confirmed 25.1.1757
ADM 6/18
6.12.1762 Superannuated Rear-Admiral ADM 6/19/453ADM 6/19

Notes on Officer


Biographyref:1059

TAYLOR, POLICARPUS (d. 1780), rear-admiral, was on 21 June 1739 promoted to be second lieutenant of the Augusta with Sir Chaloner Ogle [q. v.] He seems to have gone out with Ogle to the West Indies, and in June 1741 was moved by Vernon to the Boyne, his own flagship. On 2 May 1743 he was promoted to be captain of the Fowey frigate on the Jamaica station, and continued in her till 1747, when he was moved by Rear-admiral (afterwards Sir Charles) Knowles [q. v.] to the Elizabeth of 64 guns, and, after the abortive attempt on St. Iago de Cuba, to the Cornwall, Knowles's own flagship. As flag-captain, Taylor took part in the engagement off Havana on 1 Oct. 1748. When Knowles returned to England he put Taylor in command of the Ripon, and left him as senior officer on the station. In the following autumn he was recalled, and arrived at Spithead early in January 1749–50. In the spring of 1756 he was appointed to the Marlborough, but on 7 June to the Culloden, with orders to go out with Sir Edward (afterwards Lord) Hawke [q. v.] and join her at Gibraltar. He seems to have brought her to England in the course of 1757 and to have had no more service, though by a confusion with Wittewronge Taylor [q. v.] —aggravated by his connection with Knowles, the Cornwall, and Hawke—he is said to have commanded the Ramillies in 1758. In 1762 he was superannuated with the rank of rear-admiral ‘in the fleet,’ or, as it was then called, ‘yellowed,’ and passed the rest of his life in retirement in Durham, where he died in 1780.


Biographyref:1059

TAYLOR, POLICARPUS (d. 1780), rear-admiral, was on 21 June 1739 promoted to be second lieutenant of the Augusta with Sir Chaloner Ogle. He seems to have gone out with Ogle to the West Indies, and in June 1741 was moved by Vernon to the Boyne, his own flagship. On 2 May 1743 he was promoted to be captain of the Fowey frigate on the Jamaica station, and continued in her till 1747, when he was moved by Rear-admiral (afterwards Sir Charles) Knowles to the Elizabeth of 64 guns, and, after the abortive attempt on St. Iago de Cuba, to the Cornwall, Knowles's own flagship. As flag-captain, Taylor took part in the engagement off Havana on 1 Oct. 1748. When Knowles returned to England he put Taylor in command of the Ripon, and left him as senior officer on the station. In the following autumn he was recalled, and arrived at Spithead early in January 1749–50. In the spring of 1756 he was appointed to the Marlborough, but on 7 June to the Culloden, with orders to go out with Sir Edward (afterwards Lord) Hawke and join her at Gibraltar. He seems to have brought her to England in the course of 1757 and to have had no more service, though by a confusion with Wittewronge Taylor—aggravated by his connection with Knowles, the Cornwall, and Hawke—he is said to have commanded the Ramillies in 1758. In 1762 he was superannuated with the rank of rear-admiral ‘in the fleet,’ or, as it was then called, ‘yellowed,’ and passed the rest of his life in retirement in Durham, where he died in 1780.




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