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The Hawke Papers

A Selection 1743–1771, 1st Edition

Edited by Ruddock F. Mackay


544 pages

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Edward Hawke (1705-1781) had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy, serving for over half a century and finally becoming First Lord of the Admiralty. This book is a selection of his papers chosen from between 1743 and 1771, providing information on every significant stage in Hawke's career combined with a connected sequence of documents for the outstanding campaign of 1759-60 during the Seven Years War. His peacetime command at Portsmouth between 1748 and 1754 is also documented together with his post of First Lord from which he retired in 1771. Hawke has been the greatest naval commander of his generation, of whom Horace Walpole wrote ’Lord Hawke is dead and does not seem to have bequeathed his mantle to anybody’. This volume brings together papers to and from Hawke; the sources are the Public Record Office, the National Maritime Museum and the British Library.


'A comprehensive publication of these important documents…successfully (one was tempted to say triumphantly) accomplished by the Navy Records Society…..In these 500 pages there are many riches….volumes of this kind are the stuff of history and the Navy Records Society does a fine job in bringing them before us.' The Naval Review

Table of Contents

Contents: List of maps and illustrations; List of abbreviations; 1743-6: Senior Captain: the Battle of Toulon and after; July 1747-July 1748: the second Battle of Cape Finisterre; July 1748-January 1754: Admiral between the Wars; February 1755-May 1756: Prelude to the Seven Years War; June 1756-January 1757: Minorca; July-December 1757: Rochefort and after; March-May 1758: the Basque Roads and a rash step; May 1759-February 1760: the blockade of Brest and Battle of Quiberon Bay; August 1760-August 1762: Hawke's last campaigns: November 1766-January 1771: First Lord; Notes; List of documents and sources.

About the Editor

Ruddock Mackay was born in 1922. He served as a rating in the Royal New Zealand Navy between 1942 and 1946, during which time he graduated with a degree in History. He obtained Mas at both London and Oxford Universities. He was a schoolmaster in both New Zealand and England. Between 1954 and 1965 he was a lecturer in naval history at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and later he lectured in Modern History at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland.

About the Series

Navy Records Society Publications

The Navy Records Society was established in 1893 to print unpublished manuscripts and rare works of interest to naval historians and enthusiasts. To date it has published nearly 150 scholarly volumes, each edited and introduced by a leading authority in the appropriate field. The volumes form a unique and invaluable resource for serving officers, scholars and all those interested in the Naval History of Great Britain and the development of naval power in the Modern World.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Naval