William Holstocke

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William Holstocke
Died 1589
Allegiance England England
Service/branch Royal Navy
Battles/wars Anglo-French War of 1557 to 1559

Vice Admiral William Holstocke (died 1589) was an English naval commander who became Comptroller of the Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Holstocke first went to sea in 1534 as page to Richard Gonson's voyages to Crete and Chios, and returned there the next year where he served as purser.[1] By 1546 he was part of the Nay's establishment and obtained an appointed as keeper of the storehouses in 1549.[2]

He was appointed Comptroller of the Navy in 1561.[2] He served in the Anglo-French War of 1557 to 1559 and in 1563 helped evacuate the English garrison at Le Havre.[2] He was responsible for building or re-building many of Queen Elizabeth's ships. At the time of the Spanish Armada he was engaged in preparing the Queen's ships although he saw no active duty.[2] He died in 1589 and was buried at St Mary-at-Hill.[2]


  1. ^ Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation
  2. ^ a b c d e William Holstocke, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography