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1 TNA CO 279/27, fos 19 passim. Kirke's phonetic spelling carries a suggestion of Scots, perhaps reflecting his father's nationality.

2 Kirke refers to his secretary in Letter 51. He represented Kirke on several occasions and was evidently trusted to exercise independent judgement and initiative.

3 A clerk, Thomas Hastler, was listed among the Tangier gunners in late 1683 but, almost certainly, he was an Ordnance Office employee (Drenth and Riley, I. 143; CTB, 1685–1689, 847).

4 New Hart's Rules, ed. Ritter, R.M. (Oxford, 2005), 109; §6.1.9.Google Scholar