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Charles William Paterson

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1756 - Berwick-upon-Tweed CSORN
First Known Service3.2.1777CSORN
FatherJames Patersonref:1059
WifeJane Ellen Yeats - Married 1801ref:1059
Last Known Service10.1.1837CSORN
Date of Death10.3.1841CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
3.2.1777 LieutenantCSORN
8.4.1782 CommanderCSORN
Blast (8) 1776-1783
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
1779 Renamed "Blast"
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/547
Issued by
George Brydges Rodney (Baronet )British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados
Confirmed 30.11.1782
ADM 6/22
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 
Gorgon (20) 1785-1817
British 20 Gun
Unrated Transport
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/231
20.1.1794 CaptainCSORN
Ariadne (24) 1776-1814
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
Melpomene (38) 1794-1815
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
Admiral de Vries (68) 1797-1806
British 68 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
Montagu (74) 1779-1818
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
San Fiorenzo (36) 1794-1837
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
Puissant (74) 1793-1816
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
12.8.1812 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
4.12.1813 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
4.6.1814 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
12.8.1819 Vice-Admiralref:1059
10.1.1837 Admiralref:1059

Notes on Officer


PATERSON, CHARLES WILLIAM (1756–1841), admiral, son of James Paterson, a captain in the 69th regiment, was born at Berwick in 1756. In 1765 his name was put on the books of the Shannon at Portsmouth, and in 1768 on those of the St. Antonio. His actual entry into the navy was probably in 1769, when he joined the Phœnix going out to the Guinea coast, with the broad pennant of his maternal uncle, Commodore George Anthony Tonyn. He afterwards served on the home and Newfoundland stations; in 1776 was in the Eagle, Lord Howe's flagship, on the coast of North America, and in 1777 was promoted by Howe to be lieutenant of the Stromboli, from which he was moved the next year to the Brune. In June 1779 he joined the Ardent, a 64-gun ship, which, on 17 Aug., was captured off Plymouth by the combined Franco-Spanish fleet. In April 1780 he was appointed to the Alcide of 74 guns, which joined Rodney in the West Indies in May; went to New York with him during the summer; returned to the West Indies in November, and in the following January was present at the reduction of St. Eustatius and the other Dutch islands [see Rodney, George Brydges, Lord]. In February 1781 Paterson joined the Sandwich, Rodney's flagship; went home with the admiral in the Gibraltar, and returned to the West Indies with him in the Formidable. On arriving on the station in the end of February, he was appointed acting-captain of the St. Eustatius, armed ship, and on 8 April was promoted to command the Blast, in which he returned to England on the conclusion of the peace.

In 1793 Paterson was appointed to the Gorgon, in which he went out to the Mediterranean, where, on 20 Jan. 1794, he was posted to the Ariadne. On the reduction of Corsica he was moved into the Melpomene, and returned to England in 1795. In 1797 he was inspecting captain of the quota men in Kircudbright and Wigtonshire, and in 1798 superintended the fitting of the Admiral de Vries, till she was turned over to the transport board. In 1800 he commanded the Montagu in the Channel, and in 1801–2 the San Fiorenzo. In 1810 he had charge of the French prisoners of war in Rochester Castle, and in 1811–12 commanded the Puissant guardship at Spithead. He was promoted to be rear-admiral on 12 Aug. 1812, vice-admiral 12 Aug. 1819, and admiral 10 Jan. 1837, but had no further service, and died on 10 March 1841. He married, in 1801, Jane Ellen, daughter of his first cousin, David Yeats, formerly registrar of East Florida.

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Posted by John Hattendorf on Saturday 2nd of January 2021 01:44

Lieut C.W. Paterson commanded the armed galley Philadelphia at Sandy Hook and Rhode Island in early August 1778. See Naval Documents of the American Revolution, vol. 14 (2019), pp. 703, 704n, 715. He is listed as one of the Midshipmen who sailed from England in Eagle, Captain Henry Duncan, in February 1776 to New York. See NRS, Naval Miscellany, vol. 1 (1902), p. 113.

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