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Pedro  •  Link

Middleton, Col. Thomas
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(d.1672). Navy Commissioner, Portsmouth 1664-7; Surveyor of the Navy 1667-72; Navy Commissioner, Chatham 1672.
Little is known of his background except that he had risen to rank of colonel in the Parliamentary Army, had traded with the West Indies and New England, and had travelled both in the New World and the Mediterranean, becoming a member of the Council for Plantations in 1660... (Further info has spoilers)

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Middleton, Col. Thomas after 1660.
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Hiis wartime letters from Portsmouth show him as a vigorous officer and a stern disciplinarian. His remedy for desertion (and he expected that seamen would be bound to desert when their ships came in) was to recommend that gallows be set up in every town between Portsmouth and London and that every tenth deserter be hanged. He broke up a mutiny in Nov. 1665 by the use of a 'good cudgel', and reported to the Board thart he had not been troubled since. Both Pepys and Coventry thought highly of his work in the dockyard. As a Surveyor, however, he proved incapable in Pepys's view of paying attention to detail. In fact after his appointment to the Board in 1667 he spent most of his time at Chatham, and was obviously at his happiest at the workface.
His (first) wife was Elizabeth, who died in 1669.

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