Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
1652-4 -- First Dutch War, took a prominent role
1655 -- on Tunis expedition
1660-5 -- flag captain for Mountagu on the "Nasby"/"Royal Charles," "Royal James," "Prince"
1662-? -- member, Tangier Committee
1665 -- knighted: Becomes "Sir Roger Cuttance"
1665 -- involved in the "prize goods" scandal
ALSO: member of the Fishery Committee (when?)
1669 -- dies
-- Latham & Matthews edition of the diary, volumes 10 (Companion), 11 (Index)
Social -- February 1660
15 Feb. -- Cuttance and fellow navy Capt. Philip Holland "called up" Pepys first thing in the morning, and all repair to Harpers tavern.
16 Feb. -- Cuttance sends to Mountagu, via Pepys, a box of China oranges and two little barrels of scallops.
He was a native of Weymouth
-- according to Latham note 4, p 103, Vol. 1, Latham & Matthews edition of the diary.
On 1 May, 1660, he was given commission to the Cheriton according to Pepys. This seems like a demotion, as he had previously been flag captain aboard the Naseby. Perhaps, as with vicars of the time, he held the commission but was allowed to hire another captain to command the ship.
Nope, on further research Roger is still flag captain of the Naseby, it's his son Henry who gets the new commission. Henry has his own page here:http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/721/
Evelyn was present when Sir Roger was knighted, on board of the "Prince", "a vessel of 90 brasse ordnance, (most whole canon) & happly the best ship in the world both for building & sailing: she had 700 men".
"after dinner came his Majestie & the Duke & Prince Rupert: & here I saw him knight Cap: Cuttance, for behaving himselfe so bravely in the late fight: & was amaz'd to the good order, decency, & plenty of all things, in a vessell so full of men: The ship received an hundred Canon shot in her body”
1651 to 1652, he commanded the 5th Rate Pearl (24 guns). In August 1652, he fought at the Battle of Plymouth, under Sir George Ayscue. In 1653, he commanded the 4th Rate Sussex (46 guns). In early 1653, he fought at the Battle of Portland. At the Battle of the Gabbard, he was in Samuel Howett's division. He was also likely at the Battle of Scheveningen. From 1654 to 1656, he commanded the 3rd Rate Langport. From 1656 to 1657 and again from 1659 to 1660, he was flag captain, and commanded the 1st Rate Naseby. At the Battle of Lowestoft, he was the Earl of Sandwich's flag captain, and commanded the 1st Rate Royal Prince (86 guns). Because he had been implicated, along with William Penn and the Earl of Sandwich, in the looting of the Indian prize, he was excluded from further command at sea. By then, he had been knighted. http://17th-centurynavwargaming.blogspot.com/20...
CUTTANCE, Sir Roger,—commanded the Royal Charles, a first rate of eighty-two guns, in the year 1660; the Royal James, of the same force, in the following year; and in the year 1665 was removed into the Prince. In this ship sir Roger, though only stiled captain, served as vice-admiral of the blue under the earl of Sandwich. On the 1st of July, 1664, been soon after the duke of York's action with the Dutch, king Charles (among other commanders who had eminently distinguished themselves) knighted captain Cuttings. No such name appears on the list of officers we have already alluded to: the mistake, on one side, or other, has evidently arisen from a corruption in the pronunciation. 'Tis probable he died soon afterwards, or retired from service, as neither public history, nor private information afford us any thing further relative to him.
Biographia navalis, v.1. J. Charnock, 1794
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