CORNWALL, Charles (1669-1718), of Berrington, Herefs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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2 Mar. 1709 - 1710
1715 - 7 Oct. 1718

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.

Offices Held

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 ā€˜eā€™ 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.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: A. N. Newman