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The Narrative of William Owen, Part 1: Midshipman, 1751

Posted by Andrew Constantine, on February 6th, 2023

Abstract

The Narrative which is here presented in print to the public for the first time was written by William Owen (circa 1735 – 1779), a younger son of a Welsh family of gentry, the Owens of Glandulas, near Llanidloes, in the then County of Montgomeryshire.

This volume of the Narrative covers the years 1750 to 1761, and records the life of William Owen as a young naval or sea officer between the ages of around 15 to 26.  The Narrative starts with Owen travelling from his family home in Wales to enter the Royal Navy in 1750, and in the early, juvenile, chapters records Owen’s shipboard voyages to the Mediterranean, the West Coast of Africa and the West Indies.  The main historical interest of the narrative relies on the eye witness account Owen gives of the British struggle in the years 1755 to 1761 against various Indian rulers and the French during the run up to, and course of, the Seven Years War (1756 to 1763).

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