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Younger brother of Captain Robert Holmes.
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kt. 1672 (?1640-83) Naval commander; younger brother of Sir Robert.[ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/930/ ] He served in Robert's expedition to W. Africa in 1663-4 and in several actions of 1665-6, including his brothers raid on Terschelling, after which he was advanced to the command of a 2nd.-rate, the 'Triumph.' His career thereafter was steadier and more continuous than his brother's. He obtained a peace-time commission in 1670-1 under Sprague[ http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/5954/ ] in the expedition against Algiers and returned to take part in the attack on the Dutch Smyrna fleet and the war that followed. He achieved flag rank in 1673 and in 1677-9 was Commander-in-chief of the Channel. By his brother's influence he was made Governor of Hurst Castle in 1675 and was four times elected M.P for Newtown (I. of W.) 1677-83.
In 668 he married Peg Lowhter, sister of Peg Penn's husband.
HOLMES, Sir John,—was the gallant biother of the as gallant sir Robert Holmes. He was appointed commander of the Jersey in 1664; and in the following year, after having first served as lieutenant of the Centurion, was appointed Commander of the St. Paul; and what is somewhat extraordinary, served, in the beginning of the next year, as lieutenant of that same ship. He was in a short time removed into the Bristol, which ship we find him captain of, in the month of August. He was posted in the line of battle as one of the seconds to his brother sir Robert, and afterwards commanded one of the companies as the attack of Bandaris. His very conspicuous conduct on this occasion procured him the command of the Triumph, a second rate. He probably continued captain of this ship during the remainder of the War, although we find nothing further recorded of him till the year 1668, when he was made commander of the Falcon and Kent successively. In 1669 he went out with sir Thomas Allen to the Mediterranean, as commander of the Nonsuch. In 1670 he removed into the Bristol, and in the following year into the Diamond.---Biographia navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
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