Monday, February 27, 2006

English Captain: Thomas Ayliffe

Thomas Ayliffe served in the Restoration navy. In 1665, Thomas Ayliffe was captain of the Yarmouth (52 guns). He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, where he was assigned to the Duke of York's division in the Red Squadron. By 1666, someone else commanded the Yarmouth. He next appears much later, in 1671, when he was appointed as Lieutenant of the 3rd Rate Edgar. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  2. 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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