Captain Edward Rotherham

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Edward Rotherham

Birthplace: Hexham, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 02, 1830 (76-77)
Bildeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Rotherham and Catherine Rotherham
Husband of Dorothy Rotherham
Father of Anne Rotherham; . Rotherham and . Rotherham

Managed by: Susan Mary Rayner (Green) ( Ryan)
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About Captain Edward Rotherham

Edward Rotheram CB RN

Captain Edward Rotheram CB RN (27 December 1753 – 6 November 1830) was a senior officer of the British Royal Navy, who served for many years during the American War of Independence, French Revolutionary War and Napoleonic Wars. During his service, Rotheram saw action at several major naval engagements, including as a lieutenant at the Glorious First of June in 1794 and as captain of HMS Royal Sovereign at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Although he was highly praised for his actions at both battles, he was not well regarded in the service, being once described by his admiral at Trafalgar, Cuthbert Collingwood, as "a man of no talent as a sea officer" and "a stupid man".

Rotheram gained a reputation as a difficult officer to serve with, and he rapidly alienated his fellow officers and the sailors who served under him. Ultimately this character trait resulted in his removal from service and overlooking for promotion in 1808 after being court martialled for inappropriate behaviour towards junior officers. The rest of his life was spent requesting the Admiralty, often in an aggressive manner, for both further service and the rewards he felt were his due.



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Captain Edward Rotherham's Timeline

Hexham, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
November 18, 1791
Plymouth, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
November 2, 1830
Age 77
Bildeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom