Sir Francis Vere

Sir Francis Vere was a famous English soldier of the 16th century who lived from c1560 to 18th Aug 1609. He was a grandson of John de Vere 15th Earl of Oxford. Most of his military career was spent in the Netherlands fighting against the Spanish. He was appointed governor of Ostend, Brill and of Portsmouth. As well as being the commander of the English troops in the Netherlands he was also Colonel of the English regiment raised in the winter of 1593/94. He wrote his 'Commentaries' after retiring in 1604.

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