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Charles Watson


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1714ODNB
First Known Service2.8.1734ODNB
FatherJohn Watson, prebendary of Westminster (d1724)ODNB
Last Known Service31.1.1758ODNB
Date of Death16.8.1757CSORN
Burial8.1757 - St John's Church, Calcutta ODNB
Will Probated2.12.1758, PROB 11/842/166

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
2.8.1734 LieutenantCSORN
31.1.1734/35 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationODNB
14.2.1737/38 CaptainCSORN
14.2.1737/3825.5.1741
Garland (20) 1724-1744
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer: On board from 16.2.1737/38 ADM 6/15/94
BWAS-1714
25.5.17419.11.1742
Plymouth (60) 1722-1764
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1714
9.11.174217.11.1745
Dragon (60) 1736-1757
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/41
Issued by
Thomas MathewsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1700-1749
, The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 9.1.1745/46
BWAS-1714
10.2.1743/4411.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon 
28.12.17456.2.1745/46
Princess Mary (60) 1742-1766
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/36
ADM 6/17
7.2.1745/4613.3.1745/46
Advice (50) 1746-1756
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/57
ADM 6/17
14.3.1745/4625.1.1747/48
Princess Louisa (60) 1744-1766
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/71
BWAS-1714
3.5.1747 1st Battle of Cape Finisterre 
14.10.1747 2nd Battle of Cape Finisterre 
25.1.1747/485.3.1747/48
Lion (58) 1738-1765
British 58 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/314
ADM 6/17
16.3.1747/48 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Newfoundland ADM 6/17/332ADM 6/17
12.5.1748 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
12.5.174823.12.1748
Lion (58) 1738-1765
British 58 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
175416.8.1757Appointed Commander-in-Chief — East IndiesE-WIKI
20.1.175416.9.1757
Kent (64) 1746-1757
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
4.2.1755 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
11.1.175614.1.1756Commander-in-Chief at the Capture of Geriah 
11.1.175614.1.1756Capture of Geriah 
17.3.1756 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
24.2.1757 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteADM 6/18
7.3.17571.4.1757Commander-in-Chief at the Expedition against Chandernagore 
7.3.17571.4.1757Expedition against Chandernagore 
31.1.1758 Vice-Admiral of the RedADM 6/18


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 9th of March 2016 17:43

12 V-Ad Charles Watson squadron attacks fortified town of Gheriah, India
The Division order to attack the forts and batteries:

Bridgewater24 cap W. Martin
Tiger60 cap T Latham
Kent70 cap H. Speke V-ad Watson blue
Cumberland66 Cap J. Harrison R-ad George Pocock red
Salisbury50 Cap J. Knowles
Protector44 Commodore James [East Indiaman]

The Division order to attack the fleet and dock yard:

Kingfisher16 cap H Smith
Revenge28 [East Indiaman]
Bombay Grab28 [East Indiaman]
Gardian26 [East Indiaman]
Drake bomb vessel [East Indiaman]
Warren bomb vessel [East Indiaman]
Triumph bomb vessel [East Indiaman]
Viper bomb vessel [East Indiaman]
Dispatch bomb vessel [East Indiaman]
13 Feb 1756 Town fell to Ad Watson and Gen Clive

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