Cornwallis, William, Sir, 1744-1819

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British naval officer.

From the description of Papers, 1776-1782. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58662656

Epithet: of Stowe MS 268

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Admiral. Commander-in-Chief in the East Indies.

From the description of Papers, 1788-1793. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122524261

British admiral.

Cornwallis was appointed commander of HMS Swift in Oct. 1762 and served until Apr. 1765, when he was posted to HMS Prince Edward.

From the description of Sir William Cornwallis naval records, 1762-1765. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154690391

1755 joined the navy; 1758 served in North America; 1761 lieutenant; 1764 commander; 1765 captain; 1768-1774 MP for Eye; 1774-1776 appointed to the Pallas, served in West Africa, West Indies and North America; 1778 moved to the Lion; 1779 served at the battle of Grenada; 1781-1782 served in the West Indies with the Canada; 1782-1784 MP for Eye; 1784-1790 MP for Portsmouth; 1783-1787 commander of the yacht Royal Charlotte; 1787 colonel of marines; 1788-1794 commodore, commander-in-chief in the East Indies; 1790-1807 MP for Eye; 1793 rear-admiral; 1794 vice-admiral, moved to the Royal Sovereign; 1799 admiral; 1801-1805 commander of the channel fleet, flagship the Ville de Paris .

Epithet: naval officer

Title: Knight

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referencedIn Vol. VII. (VI. ff. 440). 17 Oct.-31 Dec.1798.includes:f. 1 Simon Lucas, Consul at Tripoli: Certificate: 1798. ff. 2, 45, 107, 114, 118, 120, 129, 135, 217 -223, 238, 240, 244, 250, 252, 258, 267, 272, 325, 343, 359-363, 383 Admiral Sir Thomas Troub... British Library
referencedIn English-language manuscript verse in the Houghton Library: First-line index, ca. 1000-ca. 1820. Houghton Library
creatorOf Sir William Cornwallis papers., 1790 British Library
referencedIn Viscounts Melville papers, Melville, Viscounts papers, 1600-1851, 1780-1830 William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Vol. VI. (IV. ff. 265). July-Dec. 1795.Sir Evan Nepean, 1st Baronet: Correspondence with Lord Bridport: 1795-1801.includes:f. 2 Admiral Sir Thomas Pasley: Correspondence with Lord Bridport: 1795, 1797. ff. 8, 42, 52, 99, 193 Alan Gardner, Admiral, ... British Library
referencedIn Hamond, Andrew Snape, Sir, 1738-1828. Papers of Sir Andrew Snape Hamond, 1766-1825. Library of Congress
referencedIn Sir John Orde papers, 1789-1878, 1798-1805 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Vol. XXIX. (XXVIII. ff. 337). 17 June-31 Aug. 1805.includes:f. 1 Samuel Gambier: Letters, as Navy Commissioner, to Lord Nelson: 1803-1805. f. 1 Henry Duncan: Letters, as Navy Commissioner, etc., to Lord Nelson: 1803-1805. f. 1 Sir Francis John Hart... British Library
creatorOf Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis, 1738-1805. Autograph address on letter : to his brother , "Honorable Capt. Cornwallis, Commanding His Majesty's Ship, Canada", 1781 Oct. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn VOL. II. Letters of 1769-1772, from Major Robert Farmar; Pensacola, 23 Jan. 1769, f. 1. Major James Chissolm; Charlestown, 1769, ff. 5, 7, 11, 32. Lieut. Charles Williams; Charlestown, 28 Mar. 1769, f. 9. J. Lorimer, Surgeon; Mobile and Pensacola, 17..., 1769-1772 British Library
creatorOf Cornwallis, William, Sir, 1744-1819. Sir William Cornwallis letter, 1796 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn " A BREYFE DISCOURSE in prayse of Kynge Rychard the Thyrd, Kynge of England. . . . . . Said to have been composed by Sir William Cornwallis the younger." With the note (f. 4) by Thomas Astle, " . . . . . transcribed from the original formerly in the ... British Library
creatorOf Hamond, Graham Eden, Sir, 1779-1862. Papers of Sir Graham Eden Hamond [manuscript] 1803-1825. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Arbuthnot, Marriott, 1711?-1794,. Hamond Naval Papers, 1766-1825. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn -Vol. XX (ff. 2,7). 28 May 1800-26 Oct. 1811.includes:f. 1 Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas Byam Martin: Correspondence with Lord Bridport: 1798-1800. f. 1 Admiral Alexander Hood, 1st Baron and (1800) 1st Viscount Bridport: Correspondence with Sir T.... British Library
referencedIn Ames Library manuscripts relating to India, 1757-1818 British Library
referencedIn Vol. XI. (IX. ff. 372). 1800-1806.In the last volume are included:-(1) Correspondence and papers relating to Greenwich Hospital, 1766-1799, during which period Lord Bridport was Treasurer. f. 201;-(2) Twelve commissions to Lord Bidport, appointing hi..., 1800-1806 British Library
creatorOf Sir William Cornwallis Letter, ., 1796 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Orde, John, Sir, 1751-1824. Sir John Orde papers, 1789-1878 (bulk 1798-1805). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn LETTER-BOOK of Rear-Adm. Sir Thomas Graves, K.B., composed as follows:-(1) Letters received (ff. 1-15) and sent (ff. 115-124, reversed) when on service in the North Sea and Baltic, 9 Mar. 1801-21 Jan. 1802;-(2) Letters received (ff. 16-60) and sent ..., 1801-1805 British Library
referencedIn Swift (Sloop of war). H.M.S. Swift logbook and record of letters and orders received, 1762-1764. Library of Congress
referencedIn VOL. III. Letters of 1773, with some others to officers at Head-quarters, from Captain W. Cornwallis, commanding the "Guadalupe;" Pensacola Harbour, 21 Jan., 5 Mar., ff. 1, 14. Colonel Dudley Templer; Montreal, Jan.-Dec., ff. 3, 18, 48, 65, 150, 160,..., 1773 British Library
referencedIn Vol. II. (I. ff. 382). 1762-1794.includes:f. 1 Richard Howe, Viscount and 1st Earl Howe: Instructions to Capt. Suckling: 1762. f. 1 Captain Maurice Suckling, RN: Instructions to, from Adm. Howe: 1762. f. 8 General Sir John Dalling, Governor of Jama..., 1762-1794 British Library
referencedIn Vol. XVIII. (XVII. ff. 434). 1 Jan.-10 Aug. 1803.includes:f. 1 John Leard: Instructions to, from the Navy Commissioners: 1802, 1803. f. 3, 8 John Tyson: Letters to Lord Nelson: 1799-1805. f.5 William Marsh: Letters to Lord Nelson: 1799-1805. f. 10... British Library
creatorOf Cornwallis, William, Sir, 1744-1819. Papers, 1776-1782. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn LETTERS OF MAJ.-GEN. THOMAS HARDWICKE, the zoologist; 1804-1828, as follows:-(1) Letters (14) to Sir James Edward Smith, M.D., F.R.S., the botanist; 1 June 1804-12 Jan. 1818. Copies, made from Linnaean Society Smith MS. 22, ff. 129-159b, by the dono..., 1804-1828 British Library
referencedIn Vol. XXXV. 1804-1805.William Marsden: Correspondence, as Secretary to the Admiralty, with Lord Nelson: 1797-1805.includes:ff. 1, 24, 30 Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire: Correspondence with Lord Nelson: 1803. f. 4 Captain John Gore, RN: Le..., 1804-1805 British Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Viscounts Melville papers, 1600-1851, bulk 1780-1830. William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Cornwallis, William, Sir, 1744-1819. Papers, 1788-1793. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Report on a voyage, 1789-90, by HMS `Ariel', commanded by Capt (later Admiral) Sir Robert Moorsom (1760-1835), under the direction of Commodore (later Admiral Sir) William Cornwallis (1744-1819), to assess the suitability of various East Indian ports..., 1789-1790 British Library
creatorOf Cornwallis, William, Sir, 1744-1819. Sir William Cornwallis naval records, 1762-1765. Library of Congress
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Birth 1744-02-10

Death 1819-07-05



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