Calling all RNS members – can you help with an inquiry about a medal?

The Royal Numismatic Society recently received an inquiry from somebody in the USA who is researching their family history. One line of research they are pursuing concerns the Haddock family of mariners from Leigh on Sea, Essex, from the 1300s to the late 1700s. 

In 1653, Parliament honoured Navy Capt. William Haddock (1607-1667) for gallantry during his service in the first Dutch War. The medal is described in W. H. Long (2010) Medals of the British Navy and How they Were Won (referred to on pages 14-15).

Is anybody in the Society able to provide any additional information about this medal, such as how and by whom it was made, aspects of its design beyond those noted by Long, and especially names of additional recipients who may have been Capt. Haddock’s colleagues?

Anybody with any relevant information is asked to contact Rebecca Darley (, who will pass the information on.

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