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Michael Robinson   Link to this

Per L&M Companion:

(1648-91), cr. Baron Dartmouth in 1682. succeeded him (his father, William Legge http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/7894/#su... ) at the Ordinance (but not in the treasureship which became a separate office). He was one of the Duke of York's household officers and on his accession was made Master of the Horse and Governor of the Tower. He had also proved himself as a seaman in the Second and Third Dutch Wars and it was a cruel disappointment to James that, as commander of the fleet in 1688, he failed to intercept the Dutch invading force. To Pepys his failure was perhaps less of a surprise. He had known him well when he commanded the Tangier expedition (1683-4) and although he found him a fine sailor and an admirable man, he thought him an indecisive leader. He died in the Tower under the unjust suspicion of Jacobitism.

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