The father of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, was a native of Bristol, distinguished in the British navy as an able admiral. Commanded the fleet in the reduction of Jamaica in 1655 by Venables, but he lost for a time the good opinion of the protectors who confined him in the tower for absenting himself from the American station without leave. He was member for Weymouth, and after the restoration, obtained a high command under the duke of York, and greatly contributed to the defeat of the Dutch fleet 1664. He was knighted by Charles II, for his services, and died at his house, Wanstead, Essex, 1670, age 49. [P. 44.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.