WILKINSON, Robert,—was appointed commander of the Charity in 1665, soon after the commencement of the first Dutch war. He had the misfortune to be the only commander captured by the Dutch, under Opdam, at the time they received their very signal defeat from the duke of York. As the account of this accident has been given in the Life of captain Joseph Sanders, who commanded the John and Abigail, which ship, though at one time almost in the same danger with the Charity, fortunately escaped; it is needless to say more of it, than that although captain Wilkinson does not appear to have been in any degree culpable, it was, in all probability, the cause why he was not called again into service till the commencement of the second Dutch war in 1672, when he was made lieutenant of the Dragon, and soon afterwards was removed into the Newcastle. He does not appear to have been successful in his endeavours to reinstate himself in the favour of those who were in high command, for we find nothing farther relative to him, except that he was appointed by king Charles, on the 30th of April 1687, first lieutenant of the Royal Catherine.
---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
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