The Naval Miscellany, Volume IV: The Journal of John Weale 1654-1656

Vol 92 (1952), Rev. J.R. Powell

Published in this volume are various Spanish documents concerning the Armada; a journal of one of Blake’s officers in the mid seventeenth century; Boscawen’s letters to his wife; the account of a Swedish officer who served in the French Navy during the Seven Years War; selections from the Hood papers regarding Prince William’s service in the navy; Nelson in Corsica; Congreve’s introduction of rocket warfare and letters from St Vincent to supplement the earlier volumes on him (see NRS Volumes 55 and 61).

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About Powell, Timings

J Roland Powell was born in London in 1889, the son of a clergyman. Educated at Sherborne School he graduated with a degree in History from Queen’s College, Cambridge, in 1911. He served as a chaplain with the Yeomanry in the Middle East during World War One, and believed himself to be ‘the only man to have organised a whist drive on the Mount of Olives’. He then held a number of curacies, principally in London, where he spent several years working in Limehouse, before becoming Vicar of Kingsbury, greater London, in 1931. He served on the Council of the Navy Records Society for many years, subsequently serving as a vice-president, and died in Bedford in 1980.

Publications include:

  • The Letters of Robert Blake (Navy Records Society, 1937)
  • The Navy in the English Civil War (1962)
  • Documents Relating to the Civil War (Navy Records Society, 1963)
  • The Rupert and Monck Letterbook (Navy Records Society, 1969)
  • Robert Blake: General at Sea (1972)

E.K. Timings was Head of the Search Department at the Public Records Office. He is frequently thanked in the introduction and acknowledgements in history volumes relating to the 17th century.

His publications include

  • Letter From The Past. Memories of a Victorian Childhood, with Caroline Timings (1954).
  • Calendar of State Papers in the Public Record Office. Domestic Series, James II, Volume I, February – December 1685 (H.M.S.O. 1960).
  • Documents Relating to the Civil War, 1642-1648, with Rev. J.R. Powell (Navy Records Society, 1963).
  • Calendar of State Papers in the Public Record Office. Domestic Series, James II, Volume Ii, January – December 1689 (H.M.S.O., 1964).
  • The Rupert and Monk Letter Book, 1666, with Rev. J.R. Powell (Navy Records Society, 1969).