Friday, April 29, 2005

English Captain: Jeffrey Pearce (or Pearse)

Jeffrey Pearce (Pearse) was appointed as Lieutenant of the Dover in 1664. He was appointed as captain of the 4th Dover (46 guns) later in 1664. He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, where he was assigned to Sir John Lawson's division. At the Four Days Battle, he was assigned to Sir Robert Holmes's division. He also fought in the St. James's Day Battle on 25 July 1666, where he was assigned to Sir Thomas Teddiman's division. In 1667, he was reappointed as captain of the Dover. In 1669, he was appointed as captain of the Eaglett ketch. In 1672, he was appointed as captain of the 2nd Rate St. George (64 guns). He was killed at the Battle of Solebay on 28 May 1672. At the Battle of Solebay, he was assigned to Sir John Kempthorne's division. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.

  2. Julian S. Corbett, “A Note on the Drawings in the Possession of The Earl of Dartmouth Illustrating The Battle of Solebay May 28, 1672 and The Battle of the Texel August 11, 1673”, 1908.

  3. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

  4. 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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