Sir William Cornwallis


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth20.2.1744CSORN
First Known Service1755CSORN
FatherCharles, 1st Earl Cornwallis (1700-1762)ref:676
MotherElizabeth Townshendref:676
SisterMary [Whitbread] (1736-1770)EWIKI
BrotherCharles KG PC, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738-1805)HPO
BrotherHon. Henry (1740-61)HPO
BrotherJames, 4th Earl Cornwallis (1743-1824)EWIKI
SisterElizabeth [Southwell] (d.1796)EWIKI
SisterCharlotte [Madan] (d.1794)HPO
CousinJames Cornwallis (d.1798)ref:676
Last Known Service12.1.1807CSORN
Date of Death5.7.1819CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
17551757Newark (80), Midshipmanref:676
8.175710.1757Louisbourg Expedition 
1758 Kingston (60), Midshipmanref:676
6.6.175827.7.1758The Siege of Louisbourg 
175912.1760Dunkirk (60), Midshipmanref:676
20.11.1759 Battle of Quiberon Bay 
12.17605.4.1761Neptune (90), Midshipmanref:676
6.4.1761 Lieutenant ADM 6/19/422ADM 6/19
6.4.176112.7.1762Thunderer (74), Fifth Lieutenant ADM 6/19/422
Issued by Charles Saunders (1713-1775), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 12.7.1762
ref:676
17.7.1761 Action of 17th July 1761 
12.7.1762 Commander ADM 6/19/422ref:676
12.7.176214.10.1762Wasp (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/422BWAS-1714
14.10.176222.11.1764Swift (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/443BWAS-1714
20.4.1765 Captain ADM 6/20/72ADM 6/20
20.4.176529.5.1766Prince Edward (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/72BWAS-1714
27.6.176624.10.1768Guadeloupe (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/126BWAS-1714
18.3.176822.3.1774Elected a Member of Parliament for EyeHPO
26.9.177421.12.1776Pallas (36), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/52BWAS-1714
21.12.17767.12.1777Isis (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/244BWAS-1714
7.12.177725.12.1777Bristol (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/417
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (1st Earl Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 1.6.1778
ADM 6/21
25.12.177716.5.1778Chatham (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/417
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (1st Earl Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 1.6.1778
BWAS-1714
16.5.177822.7.1778Medea (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/406BWAS-1714
23.9.177823.6.1781Lion (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/454BWAS-1714
6.7.1779 Battle of Grenada 
20.3.1780 1st Action off Monti Christi 
20.6.1780 Commanded the British Squadron at the Action off Monti Christi 
23.6.178128.10.1782Canada (76), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/303BWAS-1714
25.1.178226.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts 
3.4.17822.4.1784Elected a Member of Parliament for EyeHPO
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 
30.12.178214.1.1783Foudroyant (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/567BWAS-1714
14.1.178313.3.1783Ganges (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/8ADM 6/22
13.3.178330.12.1783Royal Charlotte (8), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/33BWAS-1714
1.4.178419.6.1790Elected a Member of Parliament for PortsmouthHPO
3.10.17878.12.1787Robust (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/423BWAS-1714
10.11.178811.1790Crown (64), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
10.11.17881794Appointed Commander-in-Chief — East Indies ADM 6/23/488ADM 6/23
6.11.179212.1.1807Elected a Member of Parliament for EyeHPO
1.2.1793 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/24/201CSORN
1.2.179326.5.1794Minerva (38), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1793
12.4.1794 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/25/30CSORN
3.6.17946.8.1794Excellent (74), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
4.7.1794 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/25/55CSORN
8.179412.1794Caesar (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedEWIKI
12.17947.1795Royal Sovereign (100), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
1.6.1795 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/25/179CSORN
16.6.179517.6.1795Commanded the English Ships at the First Battle of Groix 
10.2.1796 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Barbados & the Leeward Islands ADM 6/25/255ADM 6/25
3.17961.1.1801Appointed Rear-Admiral of Great BritainEWIKI
14.2.1799 Admiral of the BlueCSORN
10.18004.1802Belleisle (74), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1793
1801 Ville de Paris (110), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1793
1.1.180114.5.1814Appointed Rear-Admiral of the United KingdomEWIKI
18031806Appointed Commander-in-Chief — English ChannelEWIKI
5.18039.7.1803Dreadnought (98), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1793
9.7.18031805Ville de Paris (110), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueTRN5
23.4.1804 Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
9.11.1805 Admiral of the RedCSORN
2.1.1815 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the BathTKE1
14.5.18155.7.1819Appointed Vice-Admiral of the United KingdomEWIKI

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/25ADM 6/25 Commission and Warrant Book 1794-1796 Apr.  Archive
TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book

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