LEVENS, CHRISTOPHER [SSNE 8460]
Christopher Levens was a French soldier in English service during the French Wars of Religion and Dutch revolt. He served at the siege of Newhaven (1562-1563) and the battle of St Denis (1567). He served under Captain Roger Carew at Berwick before and after the Rebellion of the Northern earls in 1569. He may have also served in Marian Civil Wars in Scotland soon after.
Levens then served in the early years of the Dutch Revolt, first in the seizure of Brill by the Sea-Beggars (1572), in the revolt of Flushing, and the siege of Geertruidenberg under captains Leynoir, Colonel Thomas Morgan, and perhaps Sir Henry Balfour [SSNE 5011]. He served as sergeant-major of Geertruidenberg in 1573 or 1574 and then as a galley-captain under Admiral Boisot. He finally served as captain of a company under Sir James Hall in the 1589 English armada against Portugal where he was wounded.
The British Library, Lansdowne MS 1218, f. 126.
This entry created by Mr Jack Abernethy.