Staffordshire at Sea

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Letter to William Cobham from members of the Privy Council requesting that he provide a list of the forces available in the county which could be used to defend the country against a Spanish attack, 2 April 1588

This letter shows the Privy Council attempting to create a well-structured, hierarchical defence force, which is ready to act in the event of a Spanish attack.

(© Staffordshire Record Office: D593/S/4/11/3)

Admiral George Anson (1697-1762) Sir John Leveson (1555-1615) George Legge, Baron Dartmouth (c1647-1691) Richard Drakeford (c1709-1757) John Jervis, Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823) Introduction