Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Captain John Wilgress
He served in the First Dutch War (1652-54) and held five commands from 1660-71.
His first and last appearance in the diary is on 1 April 1660.
Sir William Coventry (whom we haven't met as of 1 April 1660) didn't trust him. An official in the Navy, Coventry was Pepys's "most valued mentor and colleague"
-- Latham and Matthews edition of the diary, Vols. 10 (Companion) and 11 (Index)
He commanded the Bear in Montagu's 1660 fleet. He's also one of the horde for whom Pepys got an officer's commission - Wilgress paid him 30s for the privilege.
Some further information on the good captain:
Date of Death, 1671/09/09Blackamoor, 1656-1659, As Commanding OfficerCaptain, 1660Bear, 1660/06/24-1661/09/03, As Commanding OfficerHector, 1664/05/28-1664/09/04, As Commanding OfficerEast India Merchant, 1664/09/05-1665/12/12, As Commanding OfficerMarmaduke, 1665-1666, As Commanding Officer1665/06/03, Battle of LowestoftHouse of Sweeds, 1666/06/10-1667/03/31, As Commanding Officer1666/07/25-1666/07/26, St James Day BattleWelcome, 1670-1671, As Commanding OfficerAssistance, 1671/08/20-1671/09/09, As Commanding Officer
WILGRESS, John,—commanded the Bear at the time of the restoration. In 1664 he was appointed, by the duke of York, to command the Hector; and was removed, the same year, into the East India Merchant, a fourth rate of fifty-four guns. In 1665, he again commanded the Bear, but quitted her, soon afterwards, for the Marmaduke. In 1666 prince Rupert, and the duke of Albemarle, promoted him to the House de Switen, a man of war, taken from the Dutch, of seventy-six guns. In 1670 he was appointed to the Welcome; and, in the following year, to the Assistance. The time of his death is, like that of many of his gallant predecessors, totally unknown.---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
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