Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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.
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