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The following obituary for Charles Talbot appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary from the Times newspaper
DateObituary
14 August 1876Our obituary column on Friday contained the name of Admiral Sir Charles Talbot, K.C.B., who died on Tuesday, at his residence near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, at the age of 74. The second son of the late Very Rev. Charles Talbot, D.D., some time Dean of Salisbury, by his marriage with Lady Elizabeth Somerset, daughter of the fifth Duke of Beaufort, he was born in the year 1801, and entered the Royal Navy in 1815. He became Lieutenant in 1823 and Captain in 1830, having seen some active service on the Mediterranean and South American stations. In 1831, on the breaking out of the insurrection at Rio Janeiro, he had the good fortune to rescue and to bring off their Imperial Majesties and suite, a service which Don Pedro subsequently acknowledged by presenting him with the decoration of the Brazilian Order of St. Crucero. In 1844 and the following year he was actively employed in the Eastern seas and on the coast of Borneo, in operations against the pirates. He subsequently was Senior Officer in the Chinese seas, where his constant consideration for the interests of British commerce and the unremitting attention which he displayed in his official capacity towards the mercantile community procured for him on leaving a very warm and eulogistic address from the residents. He was subsequently employed in the blockade of Sebastopol, and in the operations at Kertch and Kinburn, and held the command at the Cape, at Cork, and at Sheeness at various dates between 1853 and 1866. He obtained flag rank in 1856, and was promoted to the full rank of Admiral in 1866, but was placed on the retired list in 1871 He was nominated a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1862, and had enjoyed a good service pension for the last seven years. Sir Charles Talbot married, in 1838, the Hon. Charlotte Ponsonby, daughter of the late Gen. the Hon. Sir William Ponsonby, K.C.B., and widow of Col. John Horace Thomas Stapleton, by whom he has left a family.
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