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Friday, March 03, 2006

English Captain: Humphrey Connisby (or Consby)

Humphrey Connisby (or Consby) served in the Restoration navy. In 1660, he was appointed as Lieutenant of the Assistance. In 1661, he was appointed as Lieutenant of the St. George. He was promoted to Captain in 1662 and given command of the Sorlings. In 1663, he was appointed as captain of the Guernsey. Thomas Allin's journal indicates that in June 1664, Humphrey Connisby was operating with Allin in the Mediterranean area. In June 1665, he fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, where he was assigned to Sir George Ayscue's division in the Blue Squadron. He was discharged from the service by the Duke of York in 1665, presumably for not doing well at the Battle of Lowestoft. By August, he was gone from the navy. 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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