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Captain. John Legge
« on: Tuesday 10 January 12 19:45 GMT (UK) »
Hi there, i would like to find out more information on one of my ancestors, Captain John Legge. Here is the information that i have on him so far:

Commissioned as Lieutenant on the 31st of August 1739.
Appointed a Commander on the 19th of July 1746.

He was involved in the 'Action of 1747' in the British Sqaudron, under the flagship, HMS Kent - Thomas Fox.
HMS Pluto; 8 Guns; Captain. John Legge; Fireship.

HMS Pluto was his ship from 1746-1747.

He had a daughter by the name of Elizabeth Legge who married Admiral. Clark Gayton (b.1712-d.1785) on the 15th of February 1779, she re-married to Thomas Newsham on the 8th of June 1785.

I would like to know any information regarding CAPTAIN. JOHN LEGGE'S naval career and his family etc.

Kind Regards,

GenealogistSykes

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Re: Captain. John Legge
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 19 February 12 19:22 GMT (UK) »
Good luck - there aren't many records that far back. You may well end up needing to visit the National Archives in Kew, but there's plenty on their website to help.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/royal-navy-officer-service.htm is a good start.

HMS Pluto's log books for the period are there at Kew; I must admit that the two or three log books I have looked at there have given me next to no useful information. Position, course, speed, stores, things like that; hardly anyone named at all. However the references are ADM 51/743:  PLUTO 1745 Nov 7 - 1746 July 15 and  PLUTO 1746 July 19 - 1747 Aug 17.


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Re: Captain. John Legge
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 19 February 12 19:58 GMT (UK) »
If you can get to the National Archives it could be worth checking the Lieutenants Passing Certificate for a John Legg (ADM 107/3 page 340). This man passed as a Lieutenant in 1739 so might be your man. If it is, it will detail his service sufficient to satisfy an Admiralty Board that he had attained the necessary level of experience. In some cases these certificates are accompanied by birth details, but the above man is not one such case!

I've never tried tracing such an early officers career, but the same might apply as for later officers, and I would look at the Navy Lists.

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Re: Captain. John Legge
« Reply #3 on: Monday 20 February 12 10:55 GMT (UK) »
There is a major problem. I live in Jersey, Channel Islands and will not be visiting the Archives anytime soon.  :(


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« Reply #4 on: Monday 20 February 12 11:08 GMT (UK) »
The down side to warmer weather and lower taxation.  :D

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Re: Captain. John Legge
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 26 July 15 10:26 BST (UK) »
Hi there, i would like to find out more information on one of my ancestors, Captain John Legge. Here is the information that i have on him so far:

Commissioned as Lieutenant on the 31st of August 1739.
Appointed a Commander on the 19th of July 1746.

He was involved in the 'Action of 1747' in the British Sqaudron, under the flagship, HMS Kent - Thomas Fox.
HMS Pluto; 8 Guns; Captain. John Legge; Fireship.

HMS Pluto was his ship from 1746-1747.

He had a daughter by the name of Elizabeth Legge who married Admiral. Clark Gayton (b.1712-d.1785) on the 15th of February 1779, she re-married to Thomas Newsham on the 8th of June 1785.

I would like to know any information regarding CAPTAIN. JOHN LEGGE'S naval career and his family etc. I have the bookplate for captain Legge

Kind Regards,

GenealogistSykes

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Re: Captain. John Legge
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 26 July 15 10:31 BST (UK) »
I have the bookplate for captain john Legge.
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