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Sunday, October 09, 2005

English Captain: Hugh Seymour

Hugh Seymour served in the Restoration navy. The Duke of York appointed him as lieutenant of the Antelope in 1663. Later in 1663, the Duke of York appointed him as lieutenant of the Bristol. In 1664, he was lieutenant of the Hector. Again, later in 1664 he was lieutenant of the Pearl. He was promoted to captain in 1665. At the time of the Battle of Lowestoft in June 1666, he was operating around Ireland in the Pearl, as her captain. In 1666, he was appointed as captain of the Foresight (46 guns). In early June 1666, he was at Plymouth, commanding the Foresight. He was killed in the St. James's Day Battle on 25 July 1666 (old style). He had been assigned to the Generals' division in the Red Squadron. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  2. David Syrett, R. L. DiNardo, The Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815, 1994.
  3. J.R. Tanner, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Naval Manuscripts in the Pepysian Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Vol.I, 1903.

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