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Cox, Capt. Sir John. 'An understanding stout seaman', according to Coventry. Originally commissioned in the Commonwealth navy, he was appointed Master-Attendant to Chatham in 1660 and at Deptford in 1666. He served as master of the Duke of York's flagship the "Royal Charles" in the Battle of Lowestoft--hence his evidence (viii.489-90)about the ship's failure to pursue the enemy. He succeeded Pett as Commissioner at Chatham in 1669, and fell in action in the "Prince" at the Battle of Sole Bay in May 1672, having been knighted shortly before.