Thursday, April 07, 2005

Jonkheer Joris van Catz

Joris van Catz served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was born about 1590 and died about 1653. He was a nobleman from Coulster. He commanded in the Battle of the Downs in 1639 and in the expedition in the Sound from 1644 to 1645. He was dismissed from the service due to his arrogant actions as commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean Sea in 1652. The Duke of Tuscany was angered by his actions so he was replaced by Johan van Galen. He was promoted to captain in 1621. He served as a temporary Schout-bij-Nacht from 9 June 1645 to 2 December 1645. On 17 April 1647, he was promoted to Schout-bij-Nacht. On 25 August 1652, he was dismissed from the service. This is my translation of what Luc Eekhout wrote, with some additions.

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