Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Per L&M Companion:
Naval Officer; he held 11 commissions 1661 - 85, mostly to royal yachts
FASEBY, William.—We are now come to one of those officers to whom Fortune, through a long, and tedious service of near forty years continuance, has denied that opportunity of delivering a name to posterity, decorated with those splendid achievements, which others, their cotemporaries, more fortunate, but, perhaps, not more gallant, have acquired, with so much happiness to themselves, and glory to their country. In the year 1661 he commanded the Roe ketch; in 1666, till which time his name does not again occur, he commanded the Katherine yacht, and in the same year the Anne yacht: in 1668 he commanded the Monmouth yacht; and, in 1671, the Cleveland yacht. On the 11 th of September, 1675, he was appointed, by commission from the king, to command the Charles yacht; and, on the 26th of September, 1679, he was appointed, by the commissioners for executing the office of lord high admiral, to the command of the Kent. On the 10th of December following he was removed into the Henrietta yacht. How long he continued to command her is not known; but we find him re-commissioned for the same vessel, on the 14th of November, 1685; and again, by king James the Second, on the 1st of May, 1688. On the 4th of May, being only three days afterwards, in the same year, he was removed into the Mary. We hear nothing more of him, either as to any command he held, or the part he bore in the revolution, till the 24th of January, 1690, when he was appointed to the command of the Eagle guardship; from which he retired some time afterwards. After this period he never went to sea. Sunk by age and infirmity, he was, when he quitted the Eagle, put on the superannuated list. And though Fortune, as has been already remarked, denied him the opportunity of leaving behind him a brilliant name, she had it not in her power to deprive him of that degree of merit which depended on himself: a character without reproach. He died on the 11th of September, 1711.---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
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