William Rowley (Royal Navy officer)

William Rowley (Royal Navy officer)

William Rowley (c. 1690-January 1 1768), K.B., was Admiral of the Fleet in the British Royal Navy and a Member of Parliament.

He greatly distinguished himself in the lost Battle of Toulon (1744) on HMS Stirling Castle. He became Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Fleet in the Mediterranean in 1745 for the rest of the War of Austrian Succession. He successfully kept the Spanish and French fleets in their harbors.
He became Rear-Admiral in 1749, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty in 1751 and Admiral of the Fleet on December 17, 1762.
He was also an Knight in the Order of the Bath.

He entered Parliament in 1750 as member for Taunton, and represented that town until 1754. in that year he was chosen to represent Portsmouth until 1761.

William Rowley married Arabella Dawson and had five children.
Several of his descendants reached high positions in the Navy:
* his son Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet, for whom the Rowley Baronetcy was created.
* his grandson Admiral Josias Rowley, 1st Baronet GCB, GCMG (1765-1842), known as "The Sweeper of the Seas".
* his grandson Admiral Charles Rowley, 1st Baronet, GCB, GCH (1770–1845)

External links

* [http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/portrait.asp?LinkID=mp56967&rNo=0&role=sit National portrait Gallery]
* [http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/prints/viewPrint.cfm?ID=PAF3425&PHPSESSID=233ac3cde797e4b8fe2f872a54a64220 Portrait, at the National Maritime Museum]


* [http://www.thepeerage.com/p20753.htm#i207528 The Peerage]
* [http://books.google.be/books?id=FFoBAAAAQAAJ&pg=RA1-PA232&lpg=RA1-PA232&dq=Martin+Rowley+Toulon+1744&source=web&ots=YUWicSrRKC&sig=L3e9Dp1qPp-Xix0G5NYpBBCceiE&hl=nl&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=8&ct=result Naval Chronology Volume V]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Benjamin Bathurst (Royal Navy officer) — Sir Benjamin Bathurst Admiral of the Fleet Sir Benjamin Bathurst Crown Copyright Born 27 May 1936 (1936 05 27) (age 75) …   Wikipedia

  • Charles Gordon (Royal Navy officer) — Charles Gordon Born c. 1781 Died 2 October 1860 Bath, Somerset Allegiance …   Wikipedia

  • Robert Wauchope (Royal Navy officer) — For the namesake of Wauchope, New South Wales, see Robert Wauch.Robert Wauchope, (1788 1862) admiral and inventor of the time ball, was the fifth son of Andrew Wauchope (d.1823) of Niddrie Marischall, Midlothian, Scotland, and his wife Alice… …   Wikipedia

  • William Rowley (amiral) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir William Rowley et Rowley. Sir William Rowley Sir William Rowley …   Wikipédia en Français

  • William Mounsey — Infobox Military Person name=William Mounsey lived=b. 1766/7 caption= placeofbirth = Carlisle placeofdeath = nickname= residence = United Kingdom nationality = British allegiance=United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland serviceyears=1780… …   Wikipedia

  • William IV of the United Kingdom — William IV William IV, painted by Sir Martin A …   Wikipedia

  • Sir Charles Rowley, 1st Baronet — Admiral Sir Charles Rowley, 1st Baronet, GCB, GCH (16 December 1770 ndash; 10 October 1845) was a British Royal Navy officer.Rowley was the fourth and youngest son of Vice Admiral Sir Joshua Rowley, Bt, and his wife, Sarah (died 26 December 1812 …   Wikipedia

  • Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet — Rear Admiral Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet (1 May 1734 26 February 1790), was a Royal Navy officer. Rowley was the eldest son of Admiral of the Fleet William Rowley and the uncle of Sir Josias Rowley. In 1786 he was created a Baronet, of… …   Wikipedia

  • Lancaster Royal Grammar School — See Royal Grammar School for the other schools with the name RGS. Lancaster Royal Grammar School Motto Praesis ut Prosis, ( Lead in order to serve ) Established c.1235 …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Pollock — This article is about the British Royal Navy officer. For the American opera singer and director, see Michael Pollock (tenor). Sir Michael Patrick Pollock Admiral Sir Michael Pollock c.1974 Born …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.