. This force, consisting of five ships of the line and two smaller vessels and intended
to reinforce Rodney's fleet in the West Indies, was commanded by Como. Robert Boyle-Walsingham,
originally of Ireland, but then a member of Parliament from Knaresborough in Yorkshire.
Although Boyle-Walsingham received his sailing orders in March, he was windbound at
Torbay until June, and in October he was lost in a hurricane with his flagship, the
(Lewis Namier and John Brooke, eds., History of Commons
, 1754–1790, 3 vols., London, 1964, 3:603–605; Mackesy, War for America
, p. 327–329; W. M. James, British Navy in Adversity
, London, 1926, p. 440).