Thursday, July 21, 2005

Dutch Naval Officer: Frederik Willem van Bronckhorst Stirum

Frederik Willem van Bronckhorst Stirum lived from July 1649 until 16 July 1722. Brandt called him "Frans Willem Graaf van Stierum". He died at Borculo. He was lord of Gelre. He served in the Venetian service in 1669. He was with Willem III on his expedition to England in 1688. His early career was with the Admiralty of Amsterdam. In June 1674, he commanded the Tijdverdrijf (52 guns) on De Ruyter's expedition to Martinique. In July 1675, he commanded the Leeuwen (50 guns). He was with De Ruyter's fleet that was sent to the Mediterranean Sea. Andrew says that he fought in the Battles of Stromboli, Agosta (Etna), and Palermo in 1676. He was a luitenant-ter-zee in 1669. In 1671, he was promoted to kapitein-luitenant-ter-zee (commander). In 1674, he was promoted to kapitein-ter-zee. On 24 December 1678, he was appointed as a Schout-bij-Nacht for the Admiralty of Amsterdam. On 14 June 1680, he was appointed as Vice-Admiraal for the Admiralty of the Maze. On 26 March 1692, the Admiralty of Friesland appointed him as Luitenant-Admiraal. This is mainly based on the short biography in Luc Eekhout's Het Admiralenboek, but is supplemented from Brandt's biography of De Ruyter.

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