CORNWALL, Charles (1669-1718), of Berrington, Herefs.
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Family and Education
bap. 9 Aug. 1669, 1st s. of Robert Cornewall, M.P., of Berrington by Edith, da. of Sir Francis Cornwallis of Aber Marlais, Carm. m. (1) s.p.; (2) Dorothy, da. of Thomas Hanmer of Hanmer, Flints., uncle of Sir Thomas Hanmer, 8s. 7da. suc. fa. 1705.
Ent. navy 1683; capt. 1693; commr. of the navy 1714-16; r.-adm. 1716; c.-in-c. Mediterranean 1716-18; v.-adm. 1717.
The Cornewalls, one of the leading Herefordshire families, were divided into two branches, those of Berrington, and those of Moccas. Charles Cornwall, who dropped the ‘e’ to distinguish himself from his cousins of Moccas, was returned for Weobley as a Whig in 1715. Next year, after voting for the septennial bill, he was appointed commander-in-chief, Mediterranean, with instructions to put down the Barbary corsairs and to negotiate a treaty with the Emperor of Morocco. He took part in the battle of Cape Passaro as second-in-command to Byng, dying at Lisbon on his way home, 7 Oct. 1718.