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Charles Cornwall

Admiral Charles Cornwall (or Cornewall) of Berrington in Herefordshire was buried in the south aisle (presumably of the nave) of Westminster Abbey on 27th November 1718. He had died at Lisbon on 7th October. No inscription was recorded for him and he has no monument.

He was baptised on 9th August 1669, a son of Robert Cornewall of Shropshire and his wife Edith (Cornwallis). He dropped the 'e' from his name in order to distinguish his branch of the family from his cousins the Cornewalls of Moccas. Entering the Royal Navy at an early age he was a captain by 1692, Rear Admiral in 1716 and Commander in Chief in the Mediterranean and later Vice Admiral. He worked at the Navy Board and was plenipotentiary to the emperor of Morocco as well as a Member of Parliament. He had no children by his first marriage and he married secondly Dorothy Hanmer, and had eight sons and seven daughters, several of whom died before him.

Further information

www.historyofparliamentonline.org

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004

Died

7th October 1718

Buried

27th November 1718

Field

Sailor

Location

Nave

Charles Cornwall
The Nave

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