Charles Napier R.N.
Charles Napier R.N.

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Charles Napier R.N.Explanation
Eldest son of Hon. Charles Napier (d. 1807) , of Merchistoun Hall, Stirling
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
6 March 1786 Born (Merchistoun Hall, Stirlingshire)
1815 Married Frances Elizabeth (died 19 December 1857), widow of Lieutenant Edward Elers RN
4 June 1815 C.B. (Compannion of the Bath)
1832 Unsuccesful radical Liberal parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth
1835 Again unsuccesful radical Liberal parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth
1836 Wrote 'An Account of the War in Portugal between Don Pedro and Don Miguel'.
1837 Unsuccessfully contested constituency of Greenwich
4 December 1840 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath), for service in Syria
1841 Wrote 'History of the War in Syria'.
2 June 184130 July 1847M.P. for Marylebone
30 November 1841 Naval aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria
1850 Unsuccessfully contested constituency of Lambeth
July 1855 Refused G.C.B. (Knight Grand cross of the Bath) and demanded an enquiry into his conduct
20 November 185512 December 1860M.P. for Southwark (elected unopposed)
5 November 1860 Died
1 November 1799Entered Navy
30 November 1805Lieutenant
30 November 1807Commander
22 May 1809Captain
9 November 1846Rear-Admiral
28 May 1853Vice-Admiral
6 March 1858Admiral
Date fromDate toService
1811 Captain in Thames, Mediterranean
1813June 1815Captain in Euryalus, Mediterranean, then (June 1814) North America
8 January 182931 January 1832Captain in Galatea, (temporarily fitted with winches to drive a pair of collapsible paddle wheels), West Indies and Portugal
1833November 1834In command (under the nom de guerre of Dom Carlos de Ponza) of liberal Don Pedro's fleet in the Portuguese civil war against absolutist Dom Miguel
1 January 1839 Commodore in Powerful, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840, where, as Commodore, second in command to Admiral Sir Robert Stopford)
19 May 1847April 1849Commander-in-chief, Western squadron (in August 1847 to Lisbon, in 1848 off the coast of Ireland, in December 1848 to Gibraltar and off the coast of Morocco to curb the activities of Riff pirates) (flag in St Vincent)
22 February 1854November 1854Commander-in-chief, Baltic fleet during the Russian War, until forced to retire after the failure in that theatre (flag in Duke of Wellington)

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