Sir Charles Adam

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth6.10.1780CSORN
First Known Service15.12.1790CSORN
FatherWilliam Adam of Blair Adam
MotherEleanor ElphinstoneNBD1849
WifeElizabeth BrydoneNBD1849
UncleSir George Keith Elphinstone (1st Viscount Keith) (1745/46-1823)NBD1849
Last Known Service8.1.1848CSORN
Date of Death19.9.1853 - Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
15.12.1790 Entered the NavyNBD1849
15.12.17901793Royal Charlotte (8), Captain's ServantNBD1849
17931794Robust (74), MidshipmanNBD1849
17947.1794Glory (98), MidshipmanNBD1849
1.6.1794 Glorious 1st of June 
7.17941795Barfleur (98), MidshipmanNBD1849
7.17941795Montagu (74), MidshipmanNBD1849
179510.1795Squib, Acting Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerNBD1849
17958.1796Victorious (74), Acting LieutenantNBD1849
23.6.1795 Action of Ile Groix 
8.17962.1798Swift (4), Acting Captain and Commanding OfficerNBD1849
8.17962.1798Carysfort (28), Acting Captain and Commanding OfficerNBD1849
1798 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/22/66-68RNLPC
8.2.1798 LieutenantW033
8.2.179816.5.1798Barfleur (98), LieutenantNBD1849
16.5.1798 CommanderCSORN
16.5.179812.6.1799Falcon (10), Commander and Commanding OfficerNBD1849
16.5.179812.6.1799Albatross (16), Commander and Commanding OfficerNBD1849
6.17991802Sybille (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
12.6.1799 CaptainCSORN
19.8.1801 Capture of the Chiffone 
5.180310.1803Chiffone (32), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
10.18031805Chiffone (32), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
10.6.1805 Action of 1805-06-10 
27.8.18056.4.1810Resistance (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
18101813Invincible (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
18111813Impregnable (98), Captain and Commanding OfficerW033
5.181410.1814Impregnable (98), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
15.12.18147.2.1816Royal Sovereign, Captain and Commanding OfficerW033
20.7.182125.5.1825Royal Sovereign, Captain and Commanding OfficerW033
14.10.1822 Married ElizabethNBD1849
27.5.1825 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteNL1834
1831 MP for KinrossODNB
1.11.1834 Commissioner of the Admiralty (1st Naval Lord), until 1834-12-23W033
25.4.1835 Commissioner of the Admiralty (1st Naval Lord), until 1841-09-08W033
8.1835 Made KCBODNB
10.8.1835 Appointed 6th Knight Commander of the Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath of MaxweltonTKE1
10.1.1837 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
1.4.1839 Became Lord Lieutenant of KinrossNBD1849
1840 Appointed one of the Elder Brothers of Trinity HouseNBD1849
17.8.1841 Commander-in-chief, North America and West IndiesW033
17.8.184127.12.1844Illustrious (74), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the WhiteW033
5.1845 Placed on Half-PayNBD1849
24.7.1846 Commissioner of the Admiralty (1st Naval Lord) until 1847-07-20W033
1847 Governor of Greenwich HospitalW033
1847 Received the Naval General Service Medal with a clasp for the Defeat of the French Fleet, capture of six sail of the line and one sunk whilst serving on Glory on 1794/06/01ADM 171/8
1848 AdmiralODNB
8.1.1848 AdmiralW033


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
W033Vaisseaux de Ligne Francais de 1682 a 1767Ronald DeschenesWeb Site
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NL1834The Navy List 1834The AdmiraltyDigital Book
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument

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