Lord Edward Hawke (1st Baron Hawke of Towton)

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth21.2.1704/5ODNB
First Known Service13.5.1720ODNB
FatherEdward Hawke (d. 1718)ODNB
MotherElizabeth BladenODNB
WifeCatharine Brooke (1720-1756).ODNB
SonMartin Bladen Hawke (1744-1805)ODNB
SonChaloner (d 1777)ODNB
SonLieutenant-colonel Edward Hawke (d 1773)ODNB
Last Known Service20.5.1776ODNB
Date of Death17.10.1781 - Sunbury-on-ThamesODNB

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
10.2.1719/20 Entered the NavyODNB
13.7.17232.6.1725Seahorse (20), Midshipman ADM 107/3/153ADM107/3
2.6.1725 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/153RNLPC
2.6.1725 Passed for lieutenant in Galleons ReachODNB
2.6.172512.7.1727Kinsale (40), MidshipmanODNB
12.7.1727 Became unemployedODNB
11.4.1729 Lieutenant ADM 6/14/22CSORN
11.4.172924.11.1729Portland (50), Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/14/22ADM 6/14
25.11.172922.12.1729Leopard (50), Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/14/42DB015
22.12.1729 Placed on Half-PayDB015
29.5.173127.12.1731Edinburgh (70), Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/14/77DB015
10.11.173224.12.1732Flamborough (20), as a passengerDB015
24.12.173212.4.1733Kingston (60), First Lieutenant ADM 6/14/194DB015
13.4.1733 Commander ADM 6/14/195ODNB
13.4.173319.3.1733/34Wolf (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/195ODNB
20.3.1733/34 Captain ADM 6/14/219CSORN
20.3.1733/345.9.1735Flamborough (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/219
Commission confirmed 26.8.1735
5.9.1735 Placed on Half-PayODNB
3.10.1737 Married Catharine (7 children)ODNB
30.7.173917.3.1742/43Portland (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/208ODNB
13.9.1739 Buried an infant daughter in BarkingDB015
3.4.1740 Buried a second infant daughter in BarkingDB015
14.6.17432.8.1745Berwick (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/188ODNB
11.2.1743/4412.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon 
3.8.174525.5.1746Neptune (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/37
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 1.3.1745/46
30.3.174722.7.1747Mars (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/213ODNB
15.7.1747 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/17/246CSORN
17.7.1747 Order to take command at PortsmouthODNB
9.8.174727.9.1747Windsor (60), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteODNB
27.9.174711.1747Devonshire (66), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteODNB
14.10.1747 Commanded the British Line of Battle at the 2nd Battle of Cape Finisterre 
14.11.1747 Appointed Companion of the Order of the BathTKE1
28.12.174720.5.1776Elected a Member of Parliament for PortsmouthHPO
174811.1748Kent (64), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
12.5.1748 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 3/17/354CSORN
17556.1756Appointed Commander-in-Chief — English ChannelEWIKI
6.1.175510.1755Saint George (90), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
4.2.1755 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/18/129CSORN
27.10.1756 Catharine diedDB015
24.2.1757 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/361ADM 6/18
3.7.17573.1758Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Searef:1186
8.17571758Ramillies (90), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
5.9.17576.10.1757Commanded the British Squadron at the Raid on Rochefort 
5.3.1758 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — English Channel ADM 6/18/491ADM 6/18
5.6.175812.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo 
11.175823.11.1759Ramillies (90), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
14.11.175911.3.1761Royal George (100), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
20.11.1759 Commanded the Main Division at the Battle of Quiberon Bay 
20.11.1759 Commander-in-Chief at the Battle of Quiberon Bay 
8.4.1762 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — English Channel ADM 6/19/397ADM 6/19
27.4.17623.9.1762Royal George (100), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
21.10.1762 Admiral of the White ADM 6/19/445CSORN
4.1.17635.11.1765Appointed Rear-Admiral of Great BritainEWIKI
11.1765 Appointed Vice-Admiral of Great Britain 
5.17661767Triumph (74), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
10.12.176617.10.1781Appointed Privy CounsellorHPO
11.12.1766 Appointed First Lord of the AdmiraltyODNB
11.12.176611.1.1771Appointed First Lord of the AdmiraltyOHMB4
15.1.1768 Admiral of the Fleet ADM 6/20/189ADM 6/20
1.1771 Resigned as first Lord tendered on grounds of ill healthODNB
20.5.1776 Created 1st Baron Hawke of TowtonHPO


ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM107/3ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
DB015The life of Edward Lord HawkeMontagu BurrowsDigital Book
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book
HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ref:1186A History of the Royal Navy - The Seven Years WarMartin RobsonBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
OHMB4Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870J.C. SaintyWeb Site
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive

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