Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Per L&M Companion:
Naval officer, holding eight commissions from 1661 until his death in action in 1666.
BACON, Philemon,—after having served as lieutenant of several ships of war, (the Assistance in 1661, the Bonadventure in 1662, the St. Andrew in 1663, and the Plymouth in 1664) was, in 1664, appointed to command the Nonsuch. In the following year he was successively and rapidly captain of the Oxford, the Assurance, and the Bristol: the last of these ships he commanded in the first action between the duke of Albemarle and the Dutch in the year 1666. Being one of the look-out ships from the fleet, as he was the first who discovered the enemy, so was he also among the first who fell in the ensuing action, lamented by his friends and applauded by his enemies, as a man who would undoubtedly have left behind him more numerous proofs of his gallantry, had not fate deprived him of the opportunity.---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
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