Sir Charles Wager

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1666EWIKI
First Known Service7.4.1692EWIKI
FatherCharles Wager (d.1664/65)HPO
Father-in-LawAnthony EarningHPO
MotherPrudence GoodsonnHPO
WifeMartha Earning (d.1748) - Married 8.12.1691HPO
Last Known Service26.2.1733/34EWIKI
Date of Death24.5.1743CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
7.4.16926.6.1692Ruzee Prize (6), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
7.6.1692 CaptainCSORN
7.6.169226.11.1695Newcastle (50), Captain and Commanding OfficerTRN2
17.6.1693 Battle of Lagos 
8.1.1694/95 Action of 1695-01-18 
27.11.16959.12.1695Mary (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/3/96BWAS-1603
10.12.169510.4.1696Woolwich (54), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/3/100BWAS-1603
11.4.169619.12.1699Greenwich (54), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/3/145BWAS-1603
26.2.1700/113.1.1701/2Medway (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/6/62BWAS-1714
14.1.1701/28.1.1706/7Hampton Court (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/6/130BWAS-1603
170714.4.1708Expedition (70), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1603
17071709Appointed Commander-in-Chief — JamaicaHJ-DB
15.4.1708 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/9/157CSORN
15.4.1708 Expedition (70), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1603
28.5.1708 Commanded the British Squadron at the Wager's Action 
21.12.1708 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
1709 Monmouth (64), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
14.11.1709 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/11/5CSORN
8.12.1709 Appointed 2nd Knight BachelorEWIKI
23.1.1709/103.2.1710/11Elected a Member of Parliament for PortsmouthHPO
19.1.1710/1128.1.1710/11Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Portsmouth ADM 6/11/95ADM 6/11
9.9.1712 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Downs ADM 6/11/223ADM 6/11
7.9.17131.2.1714/15Elected a Member of Parliament for West LooeHPO
9.8.1714 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/11/294ADM 6/11
31.1.1714/1524.4.1734Elected a Member of Parliament for PortsmouthHPO
16.3.1714/1516.3.1717/18Appointed Comptroller of the NavyW025
16.6.1716 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/12/72ADM 6/12
19.11.1716 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/12/80ADM 6/12
1.2.1716/17 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/12/86CSORN
3.1717/181733Appointed Lord Commissioner of the AdmiraltyHPO
14.3.1717/18 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/12/118CSORN
1726 Torbay (80), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
17.4.17261.11.1726Commander of the British Baltic Fleet  
24.12.17269.4.1728Commander of the British Squadron for the relief of Gibraltar  
24.12.17269.4.1728Kent (70), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
10.2.1726/2716.6.1727Commander-in-Chief at the Siege of Gibraltar 
11.8.1727 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/13/148ADM 6/13
17291730Cornwall (80), as Flag Officer, Vice-AdmiralBWAS-1714
10.7.1731 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/14/86CSORN
10.7.1731 Namur (90), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
25.1.1732/3324.5.1743Appointed Privy CounsellorHPO
21.6.173319.3.1741/42Appointed First Lord of the AdmiraltyOHMB4
26.2.1733/34 Admiral of the White ADM 6/14/167CSORN
22.4.173431.12.1741Elected a Member of Parliament for WestminsterHPO
12.5.174124.5.1743Elected a Member of Parliament for West LooeHPO
12.174224.5.1743Appointed Treasurer of the NavyHPO


EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
TRN2The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
HJ-DBHistoric JamaicaFrank CundallBook
ADM 6/11ADM 6/11 Commission and Warrent Book 1709 10 Nov.-1714 13 Oct. Archive
W025William Loney RN - BackgroundP DavisWeb Site
ADM 6/12ADM 6/12 Commission and Warrent Book 1714 14 Oct.-1721 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/13ADM 6/13 Commission and Warrent Book 1721 Feb.-1728 3 Oct. Archive
OHMB4Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870J.C. SaintyWeb Site

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Posted by Brian on Saturday 31st of May 2014 20:22

1743 - Right Hon. Sir Charles Wager, aged 77, Knt. Admiral of the White, he was a man of great skill in his profession; and was first made a Captain at the Battle of La Hogue, by Admiral Russel, who recommended him on the most important service. He was sent with a command to the West Indies in 1707, where he attacked the Spanish Galleons, with three ships, tho' they were fourteen in number, drawn up in a line of battle, and defeated them. His service Q. Anne distinguished by sending him a Flag and at his return conferring the Honour of Knighthood upon him. The riches he acquired on this, and other occasions, were regarded by him as instruments of doing good and accordingly he gave fortunes to his relations, that he might see them happy in his life time; and to perform in distress, his liberality was such, that whole families have been supported, and their estates and fortunes saved by his generosity. He was chosen member of Parliament for Portsmouth in 1709 and has sat in every parliament since that time etc...

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