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First Reading

David Quidnunc  •  Link

ARMY Captain Thomas Guy

This can be confusing: There's another Captain Thomas Guy who appears in the diary in 1666. That one's a NAVY captain, this one is in the ARMY.

Before Guy appears in the diary on 1 April 1660, he probably met Pepys on trips to the Exchequer to get pay for the troops of the Dunkirk garrison, where he was posted.

This Captain Guy may be the one who served in Kirke's regiment in Tangier in the early 1680s and was wounded.

-- Latham and Matthews edition of the diary, Vols. 10 (Companion) and 11 (Index)

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

GUY, Thomas,—was appointed commander of the Oxford in 1665: he was removed the following year into the Assurance, a small fourth rate of thirty-eight guns, this ship being one of those put under the command of sir Robert Holmes, for the attack of the Dutch fleet lying within the islands of Ulie and Schelling. Captain Guy commanded one of the companies landed for the purpose of destroying the town of Bandaris, and having acquitted himself in this service with a considerable degree of credit, he was immediately afterwards promoted to command the Portsmouth of forty-four guns. In 1670 he was made commander of the Henrietta yacht; and, at the commencement of the Dutch war, was removed into the Portland: in a very short time he returned to his old ship the Henrietta. In 1673 he was promoted to command the St. Michael; but soon went back, for the third time, to the Henrietta. This was the only vessel lost by the English in the action between prince Rupert and the Dutch, in the month of August following, though by the Dutch accounts she is converted into a large man of war of seventy guns. On the 15th of April 1674 he was made commander of the Portsmouth yacht by king Charles. After this he did not serve.
---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Thomas Guy is a fairly unusual name -- but identical names ran in families as you've probably noticed.

David Quidnunc may be right that this refers to two different men. If Guy is documented to be in Tangier in 1666, they must be.

But if that fact is not documented, he could well be the same man as there wasn't thought to be much difference between being a warrior on land or sea. Plus Capt. Guy seems be totally comfortable with Pepys in 1666, and over lunch criticized his superiors as a stranger probably would not have done.

My guess is that that's why Phil has put both entries on one page. Might be relatives ... might be the same person.

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