Matthew AYLMER

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French Ancien Régime

IrishBorn Matthew AYLMER

Irish Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Navy

Born on 1650

Died on August 18, 1720

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Aylmer was the second son of Sir Christopher Aylmer of Balrath County Meath. In 1678 he entered the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant under the protection of George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham. Early 1679 he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and he appears to have served almost constantly during the next ten years on the coast of Algiers and in the Mediterranean.

In October 1688 he was appointed captain of HMS Swallow in the Thames, but at once gave in his allegiance to the cause of the Revolution. In 1690 he commanded the Royal Katherine, and, in the Battle of Beachy Head, was one of the seconds to Sir Ralph Delaval who commanded the blue squadron.


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