William Charles Chamberlain

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William Charles Chamberlain
Born (1818-04-21)21 April 1818
Died 27 February 1878(1878-02-27) (aged 59)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
  • Lieutenant (1840)
  • Commander (1844)
  • Captain (1856)
  • Rear admiral (1874)
Commands held
  1. Elizabeth Jane Hall (d. 1856)
  2. Sarah Morgan Holroyd

William Charles Chamberlain (21 April 1818 – 27 February 1878) was a rear admiral in the Royal Navy.


He was the eldest son of the diplomat Sir Henry Chamberlain, 1st Baronet, by his second wife Anne Eugenia née Morgan.[1]

Chamberlain married, firstly, Elizabeth Jane (d. 29 August 1856), daughter of the naval officer, traveller, and author Captain Basil Hall. They had 3 children, Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850–1935), a Japanologist, Henry Chamberlain (1853–1923), a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Navy, and Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855–1927), the natural historian and author (more accurately described in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as a "racialist writer").[1]

Chamberlain married, secondly, Sarah Morgan (d. 29 December 1921), daughter of Thomas Holroyd on 29 October 1872. They had a daughter, Harriett Sarah, who died unmarried on 17 March 1939.[1]

Royal Navy service[edit]

Chamberlain was promoted to lieutenant on November 1840 and to commander on 22 October 1844. He commanded Britomart on the west coast of Africa in 1847, Cormorant on the south-east coast of America in 1851—2 and Conflict in 1855. He was promoted to captain on 21 February 1856, commanding Racoon and Resistance, both in the Mediterranean, in the early 1860s. He was the commanding officer of Asia, the flagship of the Admiral-Superintendent at Portsmouth, and with this appointment came the role of captain of the Steam Reserve. He was the Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard from 1868 to 1874, and was promoted to the rank of rear admiral on 19 January 1874.[2]


Chamberlain died on 27 February 1878.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Burke's Peerage (1970), p.516
  2. ^ "William Charles Chamberlain at the William Loney website". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 

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