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Admiral Edward Boscawen

Admiral Edward Boscawen

Born at Tregothnan near Falmouth, he joined the navy at the age of twelve, and was a captain at 26. He was MP for Truro several times, and during the 1745 rebellion raised an army of six thousand Cornishmen to fight for the King against the Young Pretender.

In 1747 he was commander in chief of all military forces in India and the Far East. His last sea victory saved the country from invasion. in 1759, while his ships were undergoing repair in Gibraltar, he got news of a French invasion fleet gathering in ports along the Channel coast. He put to sea and defeated the French, so their invasion plans were cancelled.

 

He died in 1761 and was buried at St Michael Penkevil, near Truro.

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