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Sir William Bowles
Born 1780
Died 2 July 1869
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom Royal Navy
Rank Admiral of the Fleet
Commands held HMS William and Mary
Portsmouth Command
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral of the Fleet Sir William Bowles, KCB (1780 – 2 July 1869) was a senior Royal Navy officer and politician.

Naval careerEdit

Bowles joined the Royal Navy in 1796.[1] He was made Lieutenant in 1803, Commander in 1806 and Captain in 1807.[1] In April 1811 he became captain of the frigate Nemesis, and sailed her for the west coast of Africa. He was appointed Captain of the yacht HMS William and Mary in 1822, moving on to be Comptroller-General of the Coast Guard later that year.[1] Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1841, he became Third Naval Lord in 1844.[1] He was also Member of Parliament (MP) for Launceston in Cornwall from 1844 to 1852.[2] Promoted Vice-Admiral in 1852 and Admiral in 1857, his last naval appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1859.[1]


On 9 August 1820, he married The Hon. Frances Temple, daughter of the late 2nd Viscount Palmerston and sister of the 3rd Viscount, Secretary at War and later Prime Minister.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 William Loney RN
  2. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 175. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Henry Hardinge
Member of Parliament for Launceston
Succeeded by
Josceline William Percy
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir George Seymour
Third Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Maurice Berkeley
Preceded by
Sir George Seymour
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Bruce
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir George Seymour
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir Phipps Hornby
Preceded by
Sir George Seymour
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir George Sartorius

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