Auction Date: 1/03/2016 at 10:30 am
War of the Spanish Succession Siege of Gibraltar 1704 Document Office of Ordinance Document to pay 6 Bombardiers going to Gibraltar each 8 Guineas. Endorsed on reverse and signed by the 6 men that they each received this money. Manuscript document, 20 x 22cm, single sheet with minor tears, foxing, text clear, with several signatures including William Bridges who owned Kenwood House in Hampstead. Christopher Musgrave 4th Bt. (1664-1718). Of particular interest James Craggs the elder (1657-1721) was an English politician closely associated with the Duke of Marlborough, was Postmaster General but was heavily implicated with the disaster of the South Sea Bubble in 1720. Note: The Anglo Dutch attacked Gibraltar on 1 August 1704 and the Spanish governor Diego de Salinas surrendered after a siege, which only lasted three days. Within a few weeks, Spanish forces began assembling to the north of Gibraltar (now La Línea de la Concepción) for an attempt to re-take the fortress. After this siege, which comprised a six-month bombardment and blockade from the isthmus linking Gibraltar to the mainland, the garrison was no closer to surrendering and the Franco-Spanish army abandoned the siege.