Thomas Pocock (clergyman)

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Thomas Pocock FRS (1672–1745) was an English diarist, occupied as a member of the Anglican clergy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1727. [1]

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Pocock was born the son of Thomas Pocock and his wife, Anne, and grandson of the Rev. Dr. Laurence Pocock, Rector of Brightwalton in Berkshire, [2] who, in turn, was probably a second cousin to Edward Pocock, the orientalist and biblical scholar. He was educated at Abingdon, and entered Pembroke College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1694. He was M.A. of St Mary Hall, Oxford in 1698. [1]

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He was chaplain to George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, his brother-in-law, on HMS Ranelagh, during the Battle of Málaga (1704), having previously served from 1698 in HMS Oxford. [3] [4] His journal relates mainly to this naval campaign; he served as naval chaplain again, in 1711, in HMS Union. [3] Subsequently Pocock was rector of Danbury in Essex, from 1705. He became rector of Latchingdon, in the same county, in 1712, and also chaplain to the Royal Hospital, Greenwich in Kent (now Greater London), from 1716. [1]

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Pocock married Joyce, the daughter of James Master, who was a brother of Streynsham Master, the English East India Company pioneer. Pocock's master, Lord Torrington, married Joyce's sister, Margaret. [7] [8] Pocock had nine children, including Admiral Sir George Pocock K.B., [9] Lieut. Richard Pocock R.N., Sarah the wife of Capt. Philip Vincent R.N. and Beatrice the wife of the Rev. David Campbell, Chaplain to Greenwich Hospital. [2]

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  1. 1 2 3 Royal Society Database: Pocock; Thomas (1672 - 1745)
  2. 1 2 Bernard Burke (1865). Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. Harrison. p. 886.
  3. 1 2 "The British Fleet: the Growth, Achievements and Duties of the Navy of the Empire, Page 448" . Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  4. Cyprian Bridge (22 August 2013). Sea-Power: And Other Studies. Cambridge University Press. pp. 200–1. ISBN   978-1-108-05420-1.
  5. Nabil Matar (27 June 2014). British Captives from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1563-1760. Brill. p. 144. ISBN   978-90-04-26450-2.
  6. Dan Doll; Jessica Munns (2006). Recording and Reordering: Essays on the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century Diary and Journal. Bucknell University Press. p. 182 note 30. ISBN   978-0-8387-5630-0.
  7. Lee, Sidney, ed. (1896). "Pocock, George"  . Dictionary of National Biography . 46. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  8., Pocock, George (1706-92), of Twickenham, Mdx.
  9. John Burke (1833). A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. H. Colburn and R. Bentley. p. 303.