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First Reading

dirk  •  Link

Sir Peter Buck

"Sir Peter Buck of Rochester in Kent, was knighted by James I in 1603. According to Pepys, he was Secretary to Algernon Percy, Earl of Northumberland and Lord High Admiral. In 1608 he was "clerk of the acts of the navy."

Source: (History of the Buck family)

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Peter Buck, secretary to Algernon Percy, Earl of Northumberland, the Lord High Admiral, and afterwards knighted. Our Diarist aspired to a similar distinction. Buck is described in Pepys's Book of Signs Manual, as "Clerk of the Acts of the Navy in 1608."
---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

(Sir) Peter Buck and Benjamin Gonson were joint Clerks of the NAVY from 6 July 1596 until 17 April 1604.

Something must have happened as John Legatt on 17 April, 1604 was appointed to the position, but did not succeed for some reason, so Sir Peter Buck and Benjamin Gonson continued from 17 April 1604 until 24 March 1605.

Pepys was the first Clerk of the ACTS.

In the 1590s, Peter Buck was Mayor of Rochester and Clerk of the Cheque at Chatham Dockyard.
Eastgate House, a Grade I listed Elizabethan townhouse in Rochester, Kent, was built for him.

From 1596, he held the post of Clerk of the Navy (also known as Clerk of the ships) and was knighted by King James in 1603.
He also served as Secretary to Algernon Percy, Earl of Northumberland and Lord High Admiral.

Sir Peter died in 1625 and was survived by his wife Frances, the only daughter of William Knight, and their daughter, Margaret.

He was referred to as "The Worshipful Sir Peter". [I think that was because he had been the Mayor, and had nothing to do with being knighted or his Navy work.]

For a photo of Eastgate House, which is a very impressive [IMHO] brick Elizabethan house, at

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