Admiral Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham

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Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham

Birthplace: Leith,Edinburgh,Midlothian,Scotland
Death: June 17, 1813 (86)
Barham, Kent, , England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Middleton and Helen Dundas
Husband of Margaret Middleton
Father of Diana Middleton, Baroness Barham
Brother of Helen Middleton; George Middleton, of Moss Hall; Robert Middleton and Janet Middleton

Managed by: John Peter Cowley
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About Admiral Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham

Having served in the navy Middleton was comptroller of the navy from 1778 to 1790, "standing out through that period of inept administration as the pillar of the service." In April 1805, at a most critical time, he was, although eighty years of age, appointed first lord of the admiralty by Pitt and was created Lord Barham. It has been usual to regard Barham as a cipher at the admiralty board, but more recent research, especially an examination of the Barham Papers, has proved this to be the reverse of the truth. He enjoyed the absolute confidence of Pitt, and it was his experience, industry and energy which made possible the great campaign which ended at Trafalgar. He resigned office in January 1806 and died on the 17th of January 1813. His barony passed through his daughter Diana (1762-1823) to the Noels, earls of Gainsborough, by whom it is still held. The Barham Papers are being edited by Sir J. K. Laughton (vol. i. 1907; vol. ii. 1910). See also J. S. Corbett, The Campaign of Trafalgar (1910).

Source: More information:,_1st_Baron_Barham Complete baronetage; Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); 1906; Vol. V; page 216

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Admiral Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham's Timeline

October 14, 1726
September 18, 1762
Kent, England
June 17, 1813
Age 86
Barham, Kent, , England