Sir Charles Knowles (1st Baronet Knowles)

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1704ODNB
First Known Service3.1717/18ODNB
WifeMary Alleyne (d. 1742)ODNB
WifeMaria-Magdalena Theresa de BougetODNB
SonEdward 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
3.1717/184.1718Buckingham (70), Captain's ServantODNB
4.17183.12.1720Lennox (70), Captain's ServantODNB
11.8.1718 Battle of Cape Passaro 
6.17216.1726Lyme (20), Able SeamanODNB
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
7.1.1740/41 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
31.3.17465.1746Norwich (50), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
10.8.1746 Action of 1746-10-18 
5.174711.1747Norwich (50), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
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
15.7.17479.5.1749Canterbury (60), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
17487.1749Cornwall (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-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
12.10.1748 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
13.11.1756 Essex (64), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
8.12.1756 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/18/331ADM 6/18
2.17571.8.1757Neptune (90), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
24.2.1757 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/18/361ADM 6/18
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 BritainEWIKI
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


ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive

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