James Berkeley. Earl of Berkeley.
Mezzotint. 353 x 249mm. Cut to the platemark. Laid on card.
Admiral James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley KG, PC (1680-1736). In 1701 he started his naval career, and was appointed captain of the Sorlings frigate. When, in 1703-4, he father was summoned to the House of Lords, Berkeley was sent to join Sir George Rooke in the Mediterranean and was present at the Battle of Malaga. He then went on to join Sir Clowdisley Shovell, where he was prominently engaged in the siege of Toulon. In 1707-8 he was raised to flag rank and was promoted to vice-admiral of the blue, acting as second in command under Sir George Byng during the operations in the Forth and on the coast of Scotland. The death of his father meant that he became the Earl of Berkeley, and was appointed lord-lieutenant of the county of Gloucester. He was later removed from this office in 1711 and was reappointed on the accession of George I. In 1717 he was appointed first lord commissioner of the admiralty, and continued in that post for ten years. During the short war with Spain he was appointed commander-in-chief of the fleet in the Channel. After this cruise, on 15 April 1719 Berkeley struck his flag and held no further command at sea, but five times he was one of the lords justices when the king went to Hanover. In April 1718 he was installed as a knight of the Garter, and the number of honorary appointments which he held was very great. Member of the KitKat Club.
Not in Parker. C.S. 208. DNB: J.K.L. 1885. From the Collection of Viscount Hood.
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