Edward Boscawen (1711 - 1761)

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Nicknames: "Admiral Edward"
Birthplace: Malpas Road Estate, Tregothnan Road (NW-bound)
Death: Died in Surrey, UK
Cause of death: Fever
Managed by: Garry Marc Howard-Browne
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About Edward Boscawen


Admiral Edward Boscawen, PC (19 August 1711 – 10 January 1761) was an Admiral in the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament for the borough of Truro, Cornwall. He is known principally for his various naval commands throughout the 18th century and the engagements that he won, including the Siege of Louisburg in 1758 and Battle of Lagos in 1759. He is also remembered as the officer who signed the warrant authorising the execution of Admiral John Byng after Byng's court martial in 1757 after the failure of Byng to engage the enemy at the Battle of Minorca.

In his political role, he served as a Member of Parliament for Truro from 1742 until his death although due to his almost constant naval employment he does not appear to have been particularly active in the role. He also served as one of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty on the Board of Admiralty from 1751 and as a member of the Privy Council from 1758 until his death in 1761.

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Admiral Edward Boscawen, PC's Timeline

August 19, 1711
Malpas Road Estate, Tregothnan Road (NW-bound)
May 28, 1747
Age 35
Falmouth, UK
Age 46
January 10, 1761
Age 49
Surrey, UK
Penkivel, Cornwall, England