Charles Sotheby (1782-1854)

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Charles Sotheby was born 1782 to William Sotheby (1756-1833) and Mary Isted (1759-1834) and died 20 January 1854 of unspecified causes. He married Jane Hamilton (?-1820) 15 February 1819 . He married Mary Ann Sotheby (c1807-?) 18 November 1830 .

The obituary notice in the Gentleman’s Magazine:

January 20th, in Lowndes Square, London,

Charles Sotheby, Esq. Rear-Admiral of the Red.

He was the eldest son of William Sotheby Esq FRS, of Fairmead Lodge, Essex. Born in 1772 [sic], he entered the Royal Naval Academy in 1795, and embarked in 1798 as a first-class volunteer on board the Alexander 74,. Captain A J Ball, attached to the force in the Mediterranean, in which he was present as a midshipman at the Battle of the Nile, at the capture of Le Genereux 74 and Ville de Marseilles store-ship, at the blockade and surrender of Malta, and on shore as aide-decamp to Captain Ball, at the siege of the Castle of St Elmo. He removed on the 12th December 1800 into the Foudroyant 100, the flagship of Lord Keith, in which he took an active part in 1801 in the operations in Egypt. On the 21st October 1801, he was nominated acting Lieutenant of the Penelope 26, and having been confirmed by a commission dated 25th January 1802, he continued in that ship in the Mediterranean and North Sea, until transferred in 1803 to the Princess Royal 98, the flagship in the channel.

On the 25th April 1807, he was appointed to the Thetis 38 in which he took part in a variety of operations against the Turks; on the 18th October 1808 to the Trident 74 as a Flag-Lieutenant to Rear-Admiral St A J Ball; and in March 1809 to the acting command of the Pilot 18 which on her return from the Mediterranean formed one of the advance squadron in the expedition to the Scheldt. He was confirmed in the rank of Commander on the 8th January 1810 and on the 6th July following was appointed to the Latona 38 employed off Lisbon, until the end of February 1812, when he was promoted to post rank.

On the 24th August 1814, he was appointed to the Slaney 20 lying in the Medway, and on the 1st October to the Tamar 24, in which he served on the Halifax, South American and Cape of Good Hope stations until March 1816. On the 18th May 1824 he was appointed to the Seringapatam 46 fitting out for the Mediterranean where during a stay of more than three years, he was very active in the suppression of piracy, and on one occasion in May 1825, by his spirited conduct forced the Bay of Rhodes to acknowledge an insult which had been offered to the British Consul. He obtained flag-rank on the 20th March 1848.

Admiral Sotheby married first, 15th February 1819, the Hon. Jane Hamilton, third daughter of William, 7th Lord Belhaven and Stenton; and secondly, 18th November 1830, Mary Anne, daughter of the late Admiral Thomas Sotheby by Lady Mary Anne Bourke, daughter of Joseph Deane, 3rd Earl of Mayo.


Offspring of Charles Sotheby and Jane Hamilton (?-1820)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Charles William Hamilton Sotheby (1820-?)

Offspring of Charles Sotheby and Mary Ann Sotheby (c1807-?)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Frederick Edward Sotheby (c1837-?)

Common ancestors of Charles Sotheby (1782-1854) and Mary Ann Sotheby (c1807-?)

  1. William Sotheby (c1688-1766)

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