Robert Pomery, Christian captive of Algiers’ pirates

“A list of captives redeemed east of Argiers, by His Majesties Bounty, and at His Sole Charge, in the Months of December and January 1674/5, by Sir John Narborough, Mr Brisbatie and Mr Martin His Majesties Consul at Argiers.”

(Source: London Gazette, Thursday, February 24, 1676; Issue 1072, from the Burney-Gale Archive)

Listing those men who had been captured by Barbary pirates who were subsequently  ransomed from the North African city state Algiers in 1675 including, to my astonishment, the last but one in roughly two hundred names, one Robert Pomery. I can’t hazard a guess at present who Robert is, but Pomeroys were living close to the Channel coast from Mevagissey in Cornwall, to Brixham in Devon, and on to the Dorset coast and on to Southampton. If we rely on the spelling of the surname, Pomery was the standard spelling in Cornwall but was also found in Dorset and Hampshire.

Robert Pomery, Christian captive of Algiers pirates


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2 responses to “Robert Pomery, Christian captive of Algiers’ pirates

  1. There were a surprising number of pirates around in the 17th century. I work at the local museum and we found a ransom note recently dated 1683, demanding £40 for a local chap held captive by pirates and this was in Teignmouth in Devon! It was a tiny place back then.
    I also found this
    George Pomeroy Captain commanding on HMS Rupert 24 June 1690 until July 1690, died of his wounds received in the Battle of Beachy Head.
    The French Fleet then laid into Teignmouth and plundered the town burning houses ships and nets leaving the population homeless and without means to sustain itself. No one was killed because most of the men were away fishing for cod off Newfoundland and those who were left fled to the hills.

  2. I live in Teignmouth where the hero of the Battle of Algiers, Edward Pellew, built a house, now called Bitton House. The musuem, where I am hons.. education officer , has a display to him and if anyone is interested in additional info Im sure I can find a lot more .
    After the Algiers victory, Edward Pellew, Lord Exmouth was made Commander-in-Chief Plymouth and settled in Bitton House, becoming a great benefactor to the town and was responsible for the rebuilding of part of St. James’ Church, West Teignmouth.
    In 1832 he was appointed Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom. He died at Bitton House,Teignmouth in 1833 and was buried at Christow. The flag under which he fought at Algiers was used for the pall and a young oak, to bear his name, was planted near the grave. The museum has recently acquired the flag, although until our new annex is built in 2010 we have nowhere to display it, it is HUGE!

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