Talk:John Benbow

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Good article John Benbow has been listed as one of the History good articles under the good article criteria. If you can improve it further, please do so. If it no longer meets these criteria, you can reassess it.
Article milestones
Date Process Result
July 6, 2009 Peer review Reviewed
August 30, 2009 Good article nominee Listed
Did You Know A fact from this article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the "Did you know?" column on March 7, 2008.
Current status: Good article

Birth Date[edit]

I am currently reading a book all about John Benbow written by navel expert Sam Willis, and it claims that information surrounding Benbow's birth is disputed - no one knows exactly when or where he was born, just that it was probably around 1650/1651 and that he may have lived in London until he was around 13 years old. The citation given here merely links to a small page on the royal navy museum website about Benbow, and lists no actual evidence apart from that stated on this page which may itself be inaccurate (it even has a disclaimer at the bottom of the page). Since his childhood is a complete mystery it seems odd to me that it has not been explored in more detail here. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hazmog (talkcontribs) 22:11, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia is a work in progress. If you can cite it, then add it yourself :) S.G.(GH) ping! 06:21, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Glorious Revolution?[edit]

Two problems here - the Glorious Revolution can hardly have affected Benbow's childhood since it took place in 1688... and my history books tell me two captains were brought back to England and shot. Kirby and Wade if I remember right. Not one as stated. Hope this helps.--Boulet rouge (talk) 13:01, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Just a stylistic note...[edit]

The article reads well until the end. We read about the 1702 Battle, then some personal trivia, more trivia (this time about Russians), then the aftermath of the battle of 1702 (one presumes) is revisited. Maybe some editing is in order. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:07, 16 May 2009 (UTC)


How is Benbow pronounced? Does it rhyme with "rainbow" or with "fen cow"? Pirate Dan (talk) 20:06, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

It's Ben as in Pen, and bow as in crow. Benbow/Pencrow. SGGH ping! 13:01, 6 November 2009 (UTC)
Or, more easily, ben as in the name, and bow as in the item of clothing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:29, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

Association with a corpse?[edit]

The article states, "...the family's association with Charles I in the years following his execution..." -- doesn't this sound rather ghoulish? I would rephrase "...the family's association with Charles I ensured that the "family were brought very low" in the years following his execution." --Death Bredon (talk) 18:19, 2 July 2013 (UTC)