Goodwin Wharton

Goodwin Wharton

Goodwin Wharton (8 March 1653 – 28 October 1704) was a Whig politician, a younger son of Philip Wharton, 4th Baron Wharton and Jane Goodwin.

An avid mystic, alchemist and treasure hunter, he sent two expeditions to Tobermory to try to raise a galleon from the Spanish Armada wrecked there. Some of his treasure-hunting was done on the advice of his lover, the medium Mary Parish, who claimed to have placed him in contact with faeries and eventually God and his angels.

Out of favor under James II for his pronounced Whiggery, he rose to greater eminence after the Glorious Revolution, and was commissioned a lieutenant colonel of cavalry.

He was one of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty from 1697 until 1699.

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