Rooke-Blathwayt letter book 1700-1702
Sir George Rooke was born in Canterbury, England, around 1650. He obtained a commission as second lieutenant in the English Navy in 1672 and the following year became captain of the Holmes . Rooke re-joined the navy after a brief period in the army and served for several years in the Mediterranean and in the English Channel. Rooke was promoted to rear admiral in 1690 and to vice admiral in 1692; on February 29, 1693, he received a knighthood. After continued success at sea, he assumed command of the fleet in the English Channel in 1701. He served as an advisor to Prince George of Denmark, led a 1702 expedition to Cadiz, and commanded the successful action at Vigo, Spain, during the War of the Spanish Succession. Rooke led the 1704 capture of Gibraltar, but was forced by illness to resign his command. He died on January 24, 1709, in Kent, England.