Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sir Frescheville Holles (MP Grimsby, Lincs.) (1642-72)
A gentleman-captain: son of Gervase Holles, the antiquary. He held several commissions in foot regiments before being commissioned in the navy during the Second Dutch War. He lost an arm in the Four Days Fight. As an M.P (for Grimsby from 1667) he was a follower of Buckingham and usually therefore a violent critic of Coventry and the Navy Board. He carried the articles of Penn's impeachment up to the Lords, but out of friendship defended Brouncker in the debates on pay-tickets. He was killed in action at Sole Bay.
Sir Fretcheville Holles possessed, in a high degree, that courage for which his family was distinguished. He behaved with his usual intrepidity in the famous engagement with the Dutch, that continued four days, in which he unfortunately lost an arm. He was rear-admiral under Sir Robert Holmes, when he attacked the Smyrna fleet, which was the first act of hostility in the last Dutch war. He was killed, with several other brave officers, in the battle of Southwold Bay, on the 28th of May, 1672.---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
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