William Rowley


NationalityBritish 
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


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