Impressment of Seamen During the War of the Spanish Succession

By G. Hinchliffe, published May 1967


The paper is based on the correspondence kept by Tancred Robinson while a captain in the Royal Navy during the War of the Spanish Succession. It focuses on letters received from the Admiralty concerning men on ships he commanded who had been impressed, in some cases requiring their release and in others confirming their impressment. Although not sufficient in number to base generalisations on them, the letters indicate that the Admiralty was quite active in pursuing the cases of individuals which had been raised with them.

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Filed under: Spanish Succession | English Channel | North Sea | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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