British Channel Fleet


Fleet CommanderSir James Berkeley (3rd Earl of Berkley) (1679-1736)TRN3
Fleet Formed4.1719TRN3
Fleet Disbanded4.1719TRN3

Introduction

Commissioned in response to an abortive Spanish armament at Cadiz and and Corunna, intended for an invasion of the West of England and to support the Jacobites in Scotland. Three frigates and five transports, however, conveying, among others, the Earls of Marischal and Seaforth, and the Marquis of Tullibardine, persisted in their design, and, pushing on to the coast of Ross-shire, there landed about four hundred men. These were joined by fifteen or sixteen hundred Jacobite Scots ; but they had no success. Their depot at Donan Castle was taken and destroyed by the Worcester, Enterprise, and Flamborough, and they themselves were soon afterwards defeated at Glenshiel, whereupon the Spanish auxiliaries surrendered at discretion.





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