About Charles Rowley
Admiral Sir Charles Rowley GCB GCH (16 December 1770 – 10 October 1845) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth.
Rowley joined the Royal Navy in 1785. He received his first command in late 1789 when Admiral Milbanke appointed him to commission the newly-launched sloop Trepassey. Trepassey was a tiny vessel of 42 tons burthen, often referred to as a cutter, with a crew of six men.
Rowley was given command of HMS Lynx in 1794, HMS Cleopatra in 1795, HMS Hussar also in 1795 and HMS Unite in 1796.
In 1800 he took over HMS Prince George and in 1804 he was in HMS Ruby. In 1805 he was given command of HMS Eagle and took her on the Walcheren Campaign in 1809 and, during the War of the Sixth Coalition, took part in the capture of Fiume and of Trieste in 1813.
He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1815 and Commander in Chief, Jamaica in 1820. He went on to be Third Naval Lord in 1834. Created a baronet in 1836, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1842.
He lived at Hill House (now Cranbourne Court) at Winkfield in Berkshire.