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Lord Henry Seymour (naval commander)

Vice-Admiral Lord Henry Seymour (1540–1588) was an English naval commander and Admiral of the Narrow Seas during the Elizabethan Age.

Lord Henry Seymour
Born1540
Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England
Died1588
England
Allegiance England
Service/branch Royal Navy
RankVice admiral
Commands heldAdmiral of the Narrow Seas
Battles/warsSpanish Armada

The younger son of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset by his second wife Anne Stanhope, he married Lady Joan (or Jane) Percy, daughter of Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland.[1]

In 1588, he was appointed Admiral of the Narrow Seas [2] and took command of HMS Rainbow and the Squadron of ships that took part in the Battle of Gravelines against the Spanish Armada in 1588.[3] Controlling the seas off Dunkirk they joined the main British fleet (the 'Western Squadron') near Calais on 6 August, adding about a third to the total size.

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  1. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 3681. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ Nichols, John (2013). John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth: Volume III: 1579 to 1595. Oxford, England: OUP Oxford. p. 419. ISBN 9780199551408.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Goldring; Elizabeth Clarke; Jayne Elisabeth Archer; Faith Eales (December 2013). John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth: Volume III: 1579 to 1595. Oxford University Press. p. 419 note 138. ISBN 978-0-19-955140-8.