1893 text

This person, erroneously called by Pepys Sir C. Herbert, will be best defined by subjoining the inscription on his monument in Westminster Abbey: “Sir Charles Harbord, Knight, third son of Sir Charles Harbord, Knight, Surveyor-General, and First Lieutenant of the Royall James, under the most noble and illustrious Captaine, Edward, Earle of Sandwich, Vice-Admirall of England, which, after a terrible fight, maintained to admiration against a squadron of the Holland fleet, above six hours, neere the Suffolk coast, having put off two fireships; at last, being utterly disabled, and few of her men remaining unhurt, was, by a third, unfortunately set on fire. But he (though he swome well) neglected to save himselfe, as some did, and out of perfect love to that worthy Lord, whom, for many yeares, he had constantly accompanyed, in all his honourable employments, and in all the engagements of the former warre, dyed with him, at the age of xxxii., much bewailed by his father, whom he never offended; and much beloved by all for his knowne piety, vertue, loyalty, fortitude, and fidelity.” — B.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

8 Annotations

First Reading

JWB  •  Link

"Sir Charles HARBORD, b. circa 1640, d. 28 May 1672 Southwold Bay bur. at sea circa 28 May 1672 (commemorative monument
at Westminster Abbey)"

David Quidnunc  •  Link


Sandwich brought him to Tangier in 1661, and Harbord was commanding a company of foot there by 1662. At Tangier he looked after Sandwich's property and did some trading on his own.

-- Latham's Companion volume, p. 167

David Quidnunc  •  Link


According to Latham's Companion volume, Harbord was born in 1637 (and died in 1672, when he would have been 34 or 35 years old; or 31/32 if we instead go by the monument in Westminster Abbey).

When first seen in the diary, on 1 April 1662, Harbord was either 25/26 (Latham) or 22/23 years old (monument).

JWB  •  Link

Note too his brother William with whom Sam will tangle later.

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Sir Charles Harbord (jun.), kt 1665 (1637-72).
A protégé of Sandwich, distrusted (probably unfairly) by Pepys; third son of Sir Charles, sen. (d. 1679), Surveyor of Crown Lands, a friend of Sandwich. The young Harbord accompanied Sandwich to Tangier in 1661 and by 1662 was commanding a company of foot in the garrison, looking after Sandwich's property yhere and doing a little trading on his own account. After serving under Sandwich in the 1665 campaign, he went with him to Madrid as a private secretary, afterwards visiting Tangier and exrcuting the very skilled drawings which Sandwich later had engraved. In 1668-9 Sandwich proposed to have him made paymaster at Tangier (much to Pwepys's annoyance), but the post was never established. At the outbreak of war in 1672 he joined Sandwich as a volunteer on board his flagship and perished with him at the battle of Sole Bay. His elder brother William was to prove one of the fiercest of Pepys's parliamentary critics during the Popish Plot crisis.
(L&M Companion)

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