Sir Charles Rowley, 1st Baronet

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Sir Charles Rowley
Admiral Sir Charles Rowley Bt.jpg
Sir Charles Rowley, 1st Baronet
Born 16 December 1770
Died 10 October 1845 (1845-10-11) (aged 74)
Brighton, Sussex
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Trepassey
HMS Lynx
HMS Cleopatra
HMS Hussar
HMS Unite
HMS Prince George
HMS Ruby
HMS Eagle
Nore Command
Jamaica Station
Portsmouth Command
Battles/wars War of the Fifth Coalition
War of the Sixth Coalition
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order

Admiral Sir Charles Rowley GCB GCH (16 December 1770 – 10 October 1845) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth.

Naval career[edit]

Rowley joined the Royal Navy in 1785.[1] He received his first command in late 1789 when Admiral Milbanke appointed him to commission the newly launched sloop HMS Trepassey. Trepassey was a tiny vessel of 42 tons burthen, often referred to as a cutter, with a crew of six men.[1]

Rowley was given command of HMS Lynx in 1794, HMS Cleopatra in 1795, HMS Hussar also in 1795 and HMS Unite in 1796.[1]

In 1800 he took over HMS Prince George and in 1804 he was in HMS Ruby.[1] In 1805 he was given command of HMS Eagle and took her on the Walcheren Campaign in 1809 and, during the War of the Sixth Coalition, took part in the capture of Fiume and of Trieste in 1813.[1]

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1815, Commander in Chief, Jamaica Station in 1820[2] and Third Naval Lord in 1834.[1] He was appointed a Groom of the Bedchamber to William IV in 1832, serving in the royal household until the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.[3]

Created a baronet in 1836, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1842.[4]

He lived at Hill House (now Cranbourne Court) at Winkfield in Berkshire.[1]


In 1797 he married Elizabeth King.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1897). "Rowley, Charles". Dictionary of National Biography. 49. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ Cundall, p. xx
  3. ^ "Court officers" (PDF). Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  4. ^ History in Portsmouth Archived 27 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine.


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Williams
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir John Gore
Preceded by
Sir Home Riggs Popham
Commander-in-Chief, Jamaica Station
Succeeded by
Edward Owen
Preceded by
Sir Samuel Pechell
Third Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Sir George Elliot
Preceded by
Sir Edward Codrington
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Ogle
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new creation)
(of Hill House)
Succeeded by
Charles Rowley