Richard Haddock

Contemporary engraving of Haddock, by Johann Clostermann. Original in the collections of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Born: 1629
Years of Service

Born c.1629 in Leigh-on-Sea, England, Richard Haddock followed his grandfather Richard and father William into the Royal Navy. He married his first wife, Elizabeth, in 1648, and they had three children. He received his first command, HMS Dragon, in 1656, sailing her with the Channel Fleet for four years. He spent a lot of time out of command, briefly taking charge of HMS Portland in 1666-67, and then HMS Royal James in 1672. In 1671, Haddock married his second wife, also named Elizabeth, and they had another seven children. Royal James was lost to Dutch fire ships during the Battle of Solebay on 28 May, but Haddock escaped, and was received favorably by King Charles II for his actions in the battle. He was given a new command, HMS Lion, in November, but only remained with her a few months, before he was given the new 100-gun First Rate HMS Royal Charles. He continued fighting the Dutch aboard Royal Charles until June, 1673, when he was given command of HMS Royal Sovereign. His seagoing days were numbered, however, and Haddock relinquished command of Royal Soverign within the month. He was made a Commissioner of the Navy, and was knighted on 3 July, 1675. Haddock was appointed as Comptroller of the Navy, in charge of naval spending, from 1682-86, and was Commissioner of the Victualling Office from 1683-90. Besides his naval service, Haddock was elected to the House of Commons from 1678-89. He returned to Comptroller of the Navy in 1688, remaining in the post until his death. His final seagoing command was for the fleet sent to support the Williamite War in Ireland in 1690. Haddock died in London 26 January, 1714, and was buried in his hometown.