Sir William Burnaby, 1st Baronet

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Sir William Burnaby, 1st Baronet
Born ca. 1710
Died 1776
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Rear-Admiral
Commands held HMS Thunder
HMS Lichfield
HMS Jersey
HMS Royal Anne
Jamaica Station

Sir William Burnaby, 1st Baronet (c. 1710 – 1776) was a British naval officer who became Commander-in-Chief, Jamaica Station.

Naval career[edit]

Burnaby was the son of John Burnaby of Kensington.[1] He entered the navy and was promoted to lieutenant in 1732. In August 1741 he was given command of the bomb-ketch HMS Thunder and posted to Admiral Vernon's squadron in the West Indies. In 1742 he became captain of the fourth-rate HMS Lichfield.[2]

On his return to England he bought Broughton Hall in Oxfordshire in 1747, was knighted in 1754 and served as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire for 1755.[2]

On the outbreak of war with France he was given command of the fourth-rate HMS Jersey and then the first-rate HMS Royal Anne and in 1762 promoted to rear-admiral. In 1763 he was back in the West Indies in command of the fourth-rate HMS Dreadnought with orders to protect and exploit local trade. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Jamaica Station in 1764.[3] In 1765 he sailed to Belize at their request of the loggers there to protect them from Spanish attacks, drawing up a Civil Law for the colony called Burnaby's Code. He returned to England in 1767 and on 31 October 1767 was created a baronet. He was promoted to Vice-admiral of the White on 20 October 1770 and to Vice-admiral of the Red soon afterwards.

He died in 1776, and was succeeded by his son Sir William Chaloner Burnaby. He had married twice: firstly Margaret, widow of Tim Donovan of Jamaica (they had the son, William Chaloner, and a daughter, Elizabeth) and secondly Grace, daughter of Drewry Ottley with whom he had six children, including Edward, who followed his father into the Royal Navy.[2] His daughter Charlotte married the MP Josias Du Pré Porcher.

His six times great-grandson is actor Daniel Craig.[4]


  1. ^ "Complete baronetage". Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Burnaby, Sir William (c.1710–1776), naval officer by Kenneth Breen". Oxford DNB. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Cundall, p. xx
  4. ^ "Je m'appelle Bond... James Bond". Genealogy Reviews. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 


Military offices
Preceded by
Augustus Keppel
Commander-in-Chief, Jamaica Station
Succeeded by
William Parry