The Batten Kill is the principal river flowing into the Hudson.
Sir William Batten, commissioner of the navy (d.
In 1648, when Sir William Batten went over to Holland with a portion of his squadron, Ayscue's influence kept a large part of the fleet loyal to the Parliament, and in reward for this service he was appointed the following year admiral of the Irish Seas.
SIR WILLIAM BATTEN (floruit 1626-1667), British sailor, son of Andrew Batten, master in the royal navy, first appears as taking out letters of marque in 1626, and in 1638 he obtained the post of surveyor to the navy, probably by purchase.
To the end of the First Civil War, Batten continued to patrol the English seas, and his action in 1647 in bringing into Portsmouth a number of Swedish ships of war and merchantmen, which had refused the customary salute to the flag, was approved by parliament.
When part of the fleet revolted against the parliament, and joined the prince of Wales in Holland, May 1648, Batten went with them.
At the Restoration Sir William Batten became once more surveyor of the navy.
In this office he was in constant intercourse with Pepys, whose diary frequently mentions him; but the insinuations of Pepys against him must not be taken too seriously, as there is no evidence to show that Batten in making a profit from his office fell below the standards of the time.
There is no separate life of Batten, but many notices of him will be found in Penn's Life of Sir W.
2006; Batten in Zeit.