The Earl of Egmont and the Navy, 1763-6

By Clive Wilkinson , published November 1998


John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont, replaced Sandwich as First Lord in 1763. At the end of the Seven Years’ War he was faced with the reduction in the size of a worn-out Navy, its funding, and the Navy Debt. The article describes how Egmont tackled these problems with energy, skill, and financial manipulation; and thus achieved fleet effectiveness and dockyard efficiency during his three years in office.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration

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