Edward Spragge, knighted for his gallant conduct as a captain in the first sea-fight with the Dutch in 1665. After rendering many important naval services to his country, he was unforunately drowned on 11th August 1673, whilst passing in a boat to the Royal Carles, from his own ship, which had been disabled in the action with Van Tromp. He lies buried in Westminster Abbey without any memorial. (Warrington)
SPRAGGE, Sir EDWARD (d.1673), admiral: born in Ireland; knighted, 1665; took part in the great battle of June 1666 under Prince Rupert, and commanded at Sheerness in 1667, when the Dutch forced the Medway; destroyed the Algerine fleet in Bugia Bay, 1671, and took a brilliant part in battle of Solebay, 1672; admiral of the blue, 1672; served in three actions during 1673, in the third of which, against Cornelis Tromp, on 11 Aug., he was drowned.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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