2 Apr 2003, 2:33 a.m. - David Quidnunc

Captain John Wilgress He served in the First Dutch War (1652-54) and held five commands from 1660-71. His first and last appearance in the diary is on 1 April 1660. Sir William Coventry (whom we haven't met as of 1 April 1660) didn't trust him. An official in the Navy, Coventry was Pepys's "most valued mentor and colleague" -- Latham and Matthews edition of the diary, Vols. 10 (Companion) and 11 (Index)

1 May 2003, 1:03 a.m. - Emilio

He commanded the Bear in Montagu's 1660 fleet. He's also one of the horde for whom Pepys got an officer's commission - Wilgress paid him 30s for the privilege.

2 Apr 2013, 3:16 a.m. - Bill

Some further information on the good captain: Date of Death, 1671/09/09 Blackamoor, 1656-1659, As Commanding Officer Captain, 1660 Bear, 1660/06/24-1661/09/03, As Commanding Officer Hector, 1664/05/28-1664/09/04, As Commanding Officer East India Merchant, 1664/09/05-1665/12/12, As Commanding Officer Marmaduke, 1665-1666, As Commanding Officer 1665/06/03, Battle of Lowestoft House of Sweeds, 1666/06/10-1667/03/31, As Commanding Officer 1666/07/25-1666/07/26, St James Day Battle Welcome, 1670-1671, As Commanding Officer Assistance, 1671/08/20-1671/09/09, As Commanding Officer http://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_crewman&id=1528

12 May 2013, 2:05 p.m. - Bill

WILGRESS, John,—commanded the Bear at the time of the restoration. In 1664 he was appointed, by the duke of York, to command the Hector; and was removed, the same year, into the East India Merchant, a fourth rate of fifty-four guns. In 1665, he again commanded the Bear, but quitted her, soon afterwards, for the Marmaduke. In 1666 prince Rupert, and the duke of Albemarle, promoted him to the House de Switen, a man of war, taken from the Dutch, of seventy-six guns. In 1670 he was appointed to the Welcome; and, in the following year, to the Assistance. The time of his death is, like that of many of his gallant predecessors, totally unknown. ---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.


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