- William Rowley (Royal Navy officer)
William Rowley (c.
1690- January 1 1768), K.B., was Admiral of the Fleet in the British Royal Navyand 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 Admiraltyin 1751 and Admiral of the Fleet on December 17, 1762.
He was also an Knight in the
Order of the Bath.
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)
* [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]
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