The Crew of HMS Torbay

Whilst inputting probate documents, one of our searchroom staff discovered that there were several Administrations and Administration bonds for crew of the HMS Torbay, all with the same date: 1702.

Level Access_Status  Ref_No Title Description Date
Item Open IC/AA4/6/80 Administration bond of John Barber of the Queen’s ship the ‘Torbay’, Beccles Mariner 1702
Item Open IC/AA4/6/81 Administration bond of Robert Burwood of the ship ‘Torbay Southwold 1702
Item Open IC/AA4/6/83 Administration bond of Daniel Farrer of the ship ‘Torbay’, Worlingworth 1702
Item Open IC/AA4/6/102 Administration bond of John Fitts of the ship ‘Torbay’, Lowestoft 1702
Item Open IC/AA4/6/103 Administration bond of John Boonfellow of the ship ‘Torbay’, Beccles 1702
Item Open IC/AA4/6/107 Administration bond of John Beddingfield of the ship ‘Torbay’, Beccles 1702
Item Open IC/AA4/6/108 Administration bond of John Maxwell of the ship ‘Torbay’, Southwold 1702
Item Open IC/AA4/6/109 Administration bond of John Burwood of the ship ‘Torbay’ Beccles 1702
Item Open IC/AA4/6/110 Administration bond of John Neave of the ship ‘Torbay’, Pakefield 1702
Item Open IC/AA6/29/154 Administration of the goods of John Maxwell of the ship ‘Torbay’, Southwold 1702
Item Open IC/AA6/29/154 Administration of the goods of John Barber of the Queen’s ship the ‘Torbay’, Beccles Mariner 1702
Item Open IC/AA6/29/154 Administration of the goods of John Burwood of the ship ‘Torbay’ Beccles 1702
Item Open IC/AA6/29/154 Administration of the goods of John Beddingfield of the ship ‘Torbay’, Beccles 1702
Item Open IC/AA6/29/154 Administration of the goods of Robert Burwood of the ship ‘Torbay Southwold 1702
Item Open IC/AA6/29/154 Administration of the goods of John Neave of the ship ‘Torbay’, Pakefield 1702
Item Open IC/AA6/29/154 Administration of the goods of Daniel Farrer of the ship ‘Torbay’, Worlingworth 1702
Item Open IC/AA6/29/155 Administration of the goods of John Boonfellow of the ship ‘Torbay’, Beccles 1702
Item Open IC/AA6/29/155 Administration of the goods of John Fitts of the ship ‘Torbay’, Lowestoft 1702

Further research indicated that these men must have lost their lives at the Battle of Vigo, October 23, 1702. This battle occurred during the early years of the War of the Spanish Succession, during which an Anglo-Dutch effort sought to establish a naval base on the Iberian Peninsula. The fact that the Anglo-Dutch allies secured a resounding victory in the Battle of Vigo will perhaps have been cold comfort to the families of the Suffolk men listed above. An account of the battle can be found in: O. Browning, editor, The Journal of Sir George Rooke, Admiral of the Fleet, 1700-1702 (London 1897: 228-234).