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About Adolf van Haemstede
Vice-Admiral in the Spanish Navy.
Sea battle at Lillo Belgium (Adolf Van Haemstede vs Louis de Boisot) [30 May 1574]
Haemstede (Adolph), son of White and Agatha Haemstede of Schengen was already in 1543 one of the ships' commanders on the fleet, which Maximilian of Burgundy sent against the French. With the revolution in the Netherlands he was on the side of Spain, and was under-admiral of the Spanish fleet which in 1574 made a vain attempt to take Middelburg. Soon afterwards the Zealanders at the Fort Lillo was affected . The ship of Haemstede was captured with others, he himself taken prisoner and carried to Delft to the Prince. He remained a prisoner until in 1576. His further fate is unknown.
He was thrice married: 1 st. Maria van der Lisse, who gave him a son, named Eagle, which in 1604 in Zierikzee died and was buried, he being, according to most writers, the last male descendant of his family, and 2 e. with Jacqueline or Jacoba van Auxi, who gave him no children; 3 rd. Anna of Almeras, with whom he fathered six children.
See Hoogstraten, Woordenb. St. DV II. bl. 2; (de Beaufort), Lev. ID of William II. bl. 477-479, in Water, Hist. of the verb. of Edel. DI bl. 195, 210; general experience. Konst and Letterb. 1826. DI bl. 314-316; Green Prinsterer, Archiv. TV p. 11.