Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen, admiraal

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Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen, admiraal

Birthplace: Doesburg, Gelderland, The Netherlands
Death: May 24, 1819 (84)
Apeldoorn, Gelderland, The Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen and Petronella ten Nuyl
Husband of Hester Hooft

Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen, admiraal


Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen (1 May 1735 – 24 May 1819), or Count of Doggersbank, was a Dutch naval officer. Having had a good scientific education, Van Kinbergen was a proponent of fleet modernization and wrote many books about naval organization, discipline and tactics.

In 1773, he twice defeated an Ottoman fleet while in Russian service. Returning to the Dutch Republic in 1775, he became a Dutch naval hero in 1781, fighting the Royal Navy, and gradually attained the position of commander-in-chief as a lieutenant-admiral. When France conquered the Republic in 1795 he was fired by the new revolutionary regime and prevented from becoming Danish commander-in-chief, but the Kingdom of Holland reinstated him in 1806, in the rank of fleet marshal, and made him a count. He was again degraded by the French Empire in 1810; after the liberation the United Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1814 honoured him with his old rank of lieutenant-admiral.

Van Kinsbergen, in his later life a very wealthy man, was also noted for his philanthropy, supporting poor relief, naval education, the arts and the sciences.

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May 1, 1735
Doesburg, Gelderland, The Netherlands
May 24, 1819
Age 84
Apeldoorn, Gelderland, The Netherlands