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Henry Priestman (Royal Navy officer)

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Henry Priestman
Died20 August 1712 (aged 64–65)
Allegiance Kingdom of England
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1672–1699
Commands heldHMS Antelope
HMS <i>Richmond</i>
HMS <i>Lark</i>
HMS <i>Swan</i>
HMS Reserve
HMS Bonaventure
Commander-in-Chief of ships in the Straits
HMS Hampton Court

Captain Henry Priestman (ca. 1647 - 20 August 1712) was a Royal Navy officer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1695 to 1698.

Naval career

Priestman joined the Royal Navy in 1672 and his first command was the fourth-rate HMS Antelope.[1] In August 1673 he was promoted to the command of the sixth-rate HMS <i>Richmond</i>.[1] In a time of relative peace he saw no action and went to the Mediterranean in 1675 in command of the sixth-rate HMS <i>Lark</i>.[1] In January 1678 he was appointed to the fifth-rate HMS <i>Swan</i>, and later in the year returned to HMS Antelope.[1] In 1681, he commanded the fourth-rate HMS Reserve, and in May 1683 was appointed to the fourth-rate HMS Bonaventure.[1] Soon after he was appointed Commodore and Commander-in-Chief of ships in the Straits.[1] In 1688, he was placed in command of the third-rate HMS Hampton Court and after the Glorious Revolution, to which he was sympathetic, he became Comptroller of the Storekeeper's Accounts in 1689.[1]

Priestman was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for New Shoreham in 1695 and held the seat until 1698.[2] He joined the Board of Admiralty led by the Earl of Pembroke in June 1690[3] and was advanced to First Naval Lord in January 1691.[4] Priestman left the Admiralty Board in May 1699, following the departure from office of his friend, the Earl of Orford, who was highly criticised for financial abuse.[5] Priestman died on 20 August 1712, aged 65; there is a monument to him in Westminster Abbey.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Story of Shoreham". Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 2)
  3. ^ "Sainty, JC, Lord High Admiral and Commissioners of the Admiralty 1660-1870, Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 18-31". Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  4. ^ Rodger, p. 34
  5. ^ Charnock, John. Biographia Navalis. R. Faulder. p. 402. Retrieved 4 August 2017. Henry Priestman navy.
  6. ^ "Henry Priestman". Westminster Abbey. Retrieved 4 August 2017.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Edward Hungerford
John Perry
Member of Parliament for New Shoreham
With: John Perry
Succeeded by
John Perry
Charles Sergison
Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Russell
Senior Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Earl of Orford
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