Document ReferenceBK 6/1/2/1/1
TitleExtract of a letter in English from Admiral Boscawen, on board the ship H.M.S. Namur off Cape St Vincent [Portugal], to Mr Cleveland dated 20 Aug. 1759
Date20 August 1759
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionExtract of a letter from Admiral Boscawen, on board the ship H.M.S. Namur off Cape St Vincent, to Mr Cleveland, dated 20 Aug. 1759. Delivered by Captain Buckle [Matthew Buckle, flag-captain on the Namur].

States that he has ordered the frigates 'Lyme' and 'Gibralter' to act as lookout on the Spanish/Barbary coast. News of the French fleet approaching near Ceuta [Spanish territory on the north African coast]. Provides details of the British victory in the Battle of Lagos on 17-19 Aug. 1759, including the capture of the ships 'Téméraire' and 'Modeste'.

Includes a list of French Squadren under the Command of Monsieur de la Clue [Adimral Jean-François de La Clue-Sabran]. List number of men from each French ship captured/burnt/escaped/'lost coming through the straits'. Also gives the name of their commanding officer.

Further list providing numbers of British men killed and wounded from each ship involved in the battle. Total of 56 killed and 196 wounded.
Termmaritime vessels, naval, H.M.S. Namur
battles, Battle of Lagos 1759
military campaigns, casualties

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA98Bentinck; John A. (1737-1775); Count Bentinck; captain; grandson of 1st Earl of Portland; son of William 1st Count Bentinck1737-1775
NA12091Boscawen; Edward (1711-1761); Admiral; commanded fleet in Quiberon Bay 17601711-1761
NA80227Buckle; Matthew (c.1718-); Admiral; Flag-Captain to Admiral Sir Edward Boscawen on HMS Namurc.1718-
NA12599Clue-Sabran; Jean-François de La (1696-1764); Admiral; French commander during Seven Years War1696-1764
PL99373/North Africa
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