Sir Charles Knowles (1st Baronet Knowles)

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1704ODNB
First Known Service8.1.1717/18ODNB
WifeMary Alleyne (d. 1742)ODNB
WifeMaria-Magdalena Theresa de BougetODNB
Son Edward Knowles (c.1742-1761)ODNB
SonSir Charles Henry Knowles (2nd Baronet) (1754-1831)ODNB
Last Known Service10.1770ODNB
Date of Death9.12.1777 - Bulstrode Street, St Marylebone, Middlesex ODNB
Cause of DeathParalytic strokeODNB

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
8.1.1717/1830.3.1718Buckingham (70), Captain's Servant ADM 6/16/33ODNB
31.3.17183.12.1720Lennox (70), Captain's Servant ADM 6/18/33ODNB
11.8.1718 Battle of Cape Passaro 
6.17216.1726Lyme (20), Able Seaman ADM 107/2/182ODNB
30.1.1728/29 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/192ODNB
29.5.1730 Lieutenant ADM 6/14/71ADM 6/14
15.6.173124.11.1731Lion (60), LieutenantODNB
24.11.1731 Commander ADM 6/14/92CSORN
24.11.173112.3.1734/35Southampton Hulk (40), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/92BWAS-1603
4.2.1736/37 Captain ADM 6/15/50CSORN
4.2.1736/375.8.1740Diamond (40), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/50BWAS-1603
3.1739/401756Appointed governor of the castle at Chagres to the west-south-west of Port BelloODNB
23.3.1739/40 Attack on Chagres 
6.1740 Returned to EnglandODNB
6.8.174015.9.1740Lichfield (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/318ADM 6/15
16.9.17408.5.1742Weymouth (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/331ODNB
7.1.1741 Action of January 7 1741 
4.3.1740/415.1741Operations against Cartagena 
31.8.17422.10.1743Suffolk (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/92BWAS-1714
18.2.1742/43 Commanded the British Squadron at the Attack on La Guaira 
15.4.174324.4.1743Commanded the British Squadron at the Attack on Porto Cabello 
3.10.17433.9.1744Superb (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/221BWAS-1714
8.8.174519.1.1745/46Devonshire (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/524BWAS-1714
174618.10.1746Severn (50), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
174615.7.1747Canterbury (60), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
22.2.1745/4621.6.1748Royal George (100), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/66ADM 6/17
31.3.174614.7.1747Norwich (50), as Flag Officer, Commodore ADM 107/2/182BWAS-1714
10.8.1746 Action of 10th Aug. 1746 
6.6.17471749Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Jamaica ADM 6/17/233

Recommissioned 12.9.1747. ADM 6/17/267.

ADM 6/19
15.7.1747 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/17/246CSORN
15.7.17479.5.1748Canterbury (60), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/3/33BWAS-1714
9.4.1748 Commander-in-Chief at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba 
9.4.1748 Battle of Santiago de Cuba 
12.5.1748 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 3/17/354CSORN
12.5.174812.7.1749Cornwall (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 107/2/182BWAS-1714
12.10.1748 Battle of Havana 
28.11.174910.4.1752Elected a Member of Parliament for GattonHPO
4.2.1755 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/129CSORN
13.11.175623.2.1757Essex (64), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/24/182BWAS-1714
8.12.1756 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/18/331ADM 6/18
24.2.1757 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/18/361ADM 6/18
24.2.17571.8.1757Neptune (90), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 107/5/182BWAS-1714
31.1.1758 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/480ADM 6/18
10.1765 Created 1st Baronet KnowlesODNB
5.11.176510.1770Appointed Rear-Admiral of Great BritainE-WIKI
22.1.1768 Admiral of the White ADM 6/20/192ADM 6/20
10.1770 Accepted an appointment as chief of the surveying branch in the Russian navyODNB
10.1770 Resigned from the NavyODNB
10.17701774In the service of RussiaODNB

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Posted by Bruce Dennis on Saturday 7th of November 2020 17:28

He was owner of the MEDIATOR sloop (20), Virginia built, which was lost at Ostend July 1745 while in support of English land forces. (note: this vessel was not HMS Mediator, it was a hired transport)
Ref = The National Archives UK ADM106/1015/92

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