The Earl of Torrington’s Court Marshal, 10 December 1690

By Peter Le Fevre, published August 1990


Arthur, Earl of Torrington was court-marshalled, and acquitted, on 10 December 1690 for refusing to fight a French fleet off Beachy Head. At the time the court-marshal proved contentious, as it was conducted before a judge advocate and twenty-seven captains, most of whom were friends of or owed allegiance to Torrington. Though found innocent of the charges, William was dissatisfied with the outcome and had all Torrington’s commissions withdrawn. He was never employed again, despite rumours he would be recalled to the Admiralty, to pacify William and the Dutch who were believed to be looking for a scapegoat.

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Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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