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William Nowell


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service1769CSORN
FatherCradock NowellRNB1823
Last Known Service4.6.1814CSORN
Date of Death1828CSORN
Burial1828 - Ifley, Oxfordshire CSORN
Will Probated14.6.1828, PROB 11/1742/176

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
1769 Entered the navyRNB1823
19.11.1776 LieutenantCSORN
19.11.177619.6.1777
Badger (12) 1776-1777
British 12 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Lieutenant, ADM 6/21/293
Issued by
Clark GaytonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1723-1782
, Jamaica
Confirmed 19.6.1777
ADM 6/21
19.6.17776.1.1778
Resolution (74) 1770-1813
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Fifth Lieutenant, ADM 6/21/293
ADM 6/21
6.1.17788.2.1781
Resolution (74) 1770-1813
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Fourth Lieutenant,
ADM 6/21
8.1.1780 Attack on the Caracas Convoy 
16.1.1780 Battle of Cape St. Vincent 
8.2.178111.4.1781
Swallow (14) 1779-1781
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Lieutenant, ADM 6/22/289
Issued by
George Brydges Rodney (Baronet )British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados
Confirmed 21.5.1781
ADM 6/22
3.7.178112.7.1783
Hercules (74) 1759-1784
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, First Lieutenant, ADM 6/22/307
ADM 6/22
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 
23.1.178714.5.1790
Edgar (74) 1779-1835
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1814 Renamed "Retribution"
, Second Lieutenant, ADM 6/23/375
ADM 6/23
15.5.17906.10.1790
Queen Charlotte (100) 1790-1800
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Fifth Lieutenant, ADM 6/24/30
ADM 6/24
21.9.1790 CommanderCSORN
21.9.17907.10.1790
Incendiary (8) 1782-1801
British 8 Gun
Unrated Fireship
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/69
ADM 6/24
8.10.179023.12.1790
Woolwich (44) 1785-1813
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/75
BWAS-1714
24.12.179021.10.1791
Ferret (14) 1784-1801
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/97
N-GAZ
22.10.179124.10.1794
Ferret (14) 1784-1801
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/142
ADM 6/24
24.10.1794 CaptainCSORN
5.180110.1801
Glatton (56) 1795-1830
British 56 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1793
11.18011802
Ardent (64) 1796-1824
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1793
18121813
Monmouth (64) 1796-1834
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1793
4.12.1813 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
4.6.1814 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Trish Cooper on Tuesday 29th of March 2022 11:50

Hello Nowell relatives ????????
I have a fair bit of info in our family tree (Cooperbase) on ancestry.com about Lt William Calmady Nowell (b 1799) and his father Admiral William Nowell (b1754) including a portrait of Wm C Nowell, who was my great great grandfather. I don’t have a portrait of his father William, although we do have some of his naval commission documents. Both are buried in the church graveyard at Iffley, Oxford UK


Posted by Toni Rodgers on Monday 4th of January 2021 23:16

This is my 4x's great grandfather. I've searched high and low for any images of this man without success. Does anyone have a picture of him? Please contact me if you have one.
Thank you.


Posted by David Drewett on Sunday 16th of December 2018 10:57

I wonder if Vice Admiral William Nowell is lieutenant William Nowell’s father? Lieutenant Nowell was born in 1788 in Cornwall. He is my great great great great grandfather.


Posted by Clara Stites on Monday 3rd of December 2018 20:01

Could William Nowell possibly be an ancestor of a Samuel Nowell who was born in Portugal, died in New Hampshire, USA?
Any information available to help me track this link?


Posted by Trish Cooper on Saturday 7th of July 2018 10:39

Thanks so much. Wm Nowell was my third great grandfather. I’m often in Oxford, and next time will visit his grave


Posted by Cy on Saturday 24th of June 2017 20:32

Thanks, I've added some additional info.
Do you know his actual date of death and/or interment? and the church's name as well?


Posted by Stephen Fraser on Saturday 24th of June 2017 11:10

Vice Admiral William Nowell is buried in Iffley Village, Oxford. I have cleaned up, and tend his grave.

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