William Rowley

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1690TRN3
First Known Service1704TRN3
FatherWilliam Rowley (d. 1705)ODNB
MotherElizabeth DawsonODNB
WifeArabella Dawson (d.1784) - Married bef.1729ODNB
SonSir Joshua Rowley (1st Baronet Rowley) (1734-1790)ODNB
SonClotworthy, MP (c.1731-1805)HPO
SonThomas (c.1734-?)HPO
DaughterArabella [Martin] (1740-?)HPO
SonWilliam (c.1745-?)HPO
Last Known Service1763TRN3
Date of Death1.1.1768CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
15.9.1708 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/2/188RNLPC
7.1.1708/9 Lieutenant ADM 6/10/21ADM 6/10
23.3.1713/1425.6.1716Woolwich (54), Second Lieutenant ADM 6/11/287ADM 6/11
26.6.1716 Captain ADM 6/12/72CSORN
26.6.171611.3.1718/19Bideford (24), Captain and Master and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/72HLDC1
29.9.171911.8.1727Lively (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/179BWAS-1714
11.8.17275.7.1728Lively (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/13/149ADM 6/13
6.1728 Began a 13 year period on half pay.ODNB
10.1739 Appointed to the command of the Rippon (60) but requested leave to stay on shore as he had a lawsuit pending.ODNB
5.6.17416.12.1743Barfleur (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/425BWAS-1714
7.12.1743 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/16/246ADM 6/16
7.12.17431744Barfleur (90), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteODNB
11.2.1743/4412.2.1743/44Commanded the Van Division at the Battle of Toulon 
19.6.1744 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/16/325ADM 6/16
26.6.17447.1745Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/16/330ODNB
8.174410.1745Neptune (90), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
23.4.1745 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/16/469CSORN
15.7.1747 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/17/246ADM 6/17
12.5.1748 Admiral of the White ADM 3/17/354CSORN
12.7.17491763Appointed Rear-Admiral of Great Britain ADM 6/17/478ADM 6/17
27.2.1749/5015.4.1754Elected a Member of Parliament for TauntonHPO
22.6.175117.11.1756Appointed Lord Commissioner of the AdmiraltyOHMB4
12.12.1753 Appointed Companion of the Knight Companion of the Order of the BathTKE1
18.4.175417.3.1761Elected a Member of Parliament for PortsmouthHPO
6.4.17571.7.1757Appointed Lord Commissioner of the AdmiraltyOHMB4
17.12.1762 Admiral of the Fleet ADM 6/19/455ADM 6/19


TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ADM 6/10ADM 6/10 Commission and Warrent Book 1708 Dec.-1709 2 Nov. Archive
ADM 6/11ADM 6/11 Commission and Warrent Book 1709 10 Nov.-1714 13 Oct. Archive
HLDC1History and Lives of Distinguished Characters Vol IJohn ScottDigital Book
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/13ADM 6/13 Commission and Warrent Book 1721 Feb.-1728 3 Oct. Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
OHMB4Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870J.C. SaintyWeb Site
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive

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