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National Maritime Museum

Pocock, Admiral Sir George (1706-1792)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 POC

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Pocock, Admiral Sir George (1706-1792)

Date(s): [1754-1862]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: lft; 31cm

Name of creator(s): Pocock | Sir | George | 1706-1792 | Knight | Admiral | MP for Plymouth


Administrative/Biographical history:

Pocock entered the Navy in 1718, became a lieutenant in 1726, a commander in 1734, a captain in 1738 and served almost continuously until the peace in 1748. In 1754 he went to the East Indies in command of the CUMBERLAND and in the following year was promoted to rear-admiral. In 1757 Pocock became a vice-admiral and on the death of Rear-Admiral Charles Watson (1714-1757), succeeded him in command, remaining in the East Indies until 1760. In 1762, he was promoted to admiral, but after he commanded the expedition to capture Havana, 1762 to 1763, had no further employment. He was Member of Parliament for Plymouth from 1760 to 1768.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir George Pocock. They cover only one period of Pocock's career in detail, that of his time in the East Indies, 1754 to 1760, and include letters from the Admiralty, the East India Company Secret Committee at Madras, Company officials and local officials. The papers relating to the capture of Chandernagore in 1757 include the capitulation, papers signed by General Thomas Lally (1702-1766) and letters from Robert Clive (1725-1774). The private correspondence consists of letters received by Pocock between 1763 and 1789 from the Nabob of the Carnatic, 1766, and other native rulers in India. The collection also contains some papers of Pocock's son, Sir George Pocock (1765-1840), and his grandsons, Robert and Edward; this section is mostly of bills, receipts and accounts for the years 1792 to 1862.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were purchased in 1939 through the Caird Fund.


Related material:

A further collection of Pocock's papers is in the Huntingdon Library, California.


Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences

Personal names
Clive | Robert | 1725-1774 | 1st Baron Clive | Governor of Bengal
Lally | Thomas Arthur | 1700-1766 | Count De Lally | General
Pocock | Sir | George | 1706-1792 | Knight | Admiral | MP for Plymouth

Corporate names
East India Company

East Indies | South East Asia
India | South Asia