The Life and Works of Sir Henry Mainwaring
After an early career in piracy, Mainwaring became one of the most prominent senior officers under James I and Charles I. He took part in most of the naval operations of the period, and during and after the Civil War served with the Royalist Navy.
In this volume are printed Mainwaring’s essay ‘Of the Beginnings, Practices and Suppression of Pirates’ (a subject on which he could write with authority), his Seaman’s Dictionary, and a number of other papers by or about him.
Table of Contents
OF THE BEGINNINGS, PRACTICES, AND SUPPRESSION OF
A SHORT DISCOURSE, OR PROPOSITION, CONCERNING THE
FRENCH FISHING UPON THE SOWE
THE SEAMAN'S DICTIONARY
DOCUMENTS RELATING TO MAINWARING'S NEGOTIATIONS
ON BEHALF OF THE VENETIAN REPUBLIC
AN ESTIMATE FOR CONSTANT GUARD OF THE NARROW
JEAN CHEVALIER'S SKETCH OF SIR HENRY MAINWARING
GENTLEMEN AND TARPAULIN COMMANDERS
NOTE ON THE FAMILY OF SIR GEORGE MAINWARING OF
William Perrin was born on 10 February 1874, and lost his father at a very early age. His education was thus limited, and he progressed through hard work and industry. He entered the Civil Service by examination and was posted to the Admiralty on 2 August 1893, serving first in the Record Office, where he acquired an aptitude for original research, and later in the legal branch, where he developed an interest in flag questions, upon which he became a recognised authority, and wrote the standard work. In December 1900 he became private secretary to Sir Evan MacGregor, Secretary to the Admiralty, and then to his successor, Sir Inigo Thomas. His services here were recognised by the First Sea Lord, Jackie Fisher, with a glowing tribute.