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The Children of Richard Chaloner Cobbe A.M. & Sarah Burslem his wife:
Lt. Charles Cobbe R. N.  &  his Lieutenant's Pass Certificate  -  Overview
Lt. Charles Cobbe RN, Cuthbert Collingwood, Sir John Jervis, Admiral George B. Rodney

Sons of the Clergy 1799 Sermon & App
R C Cobbe (1)
R C Cobbe (2)
R C Cobbe (3)
R C Cobbe (4)
James M. Cobbe
Chas Cobbe Lt RN
The Vessels He
Sailed On:
(HMS Colossus)
(HMS Niger)
(HMS Captain)
(HMS Dido)
(HMS Ville de Paris)
(HMS St. George)
Sarah Ann Cobbe
Maria V. Cobbe
Countess Frances
(Cobbe)
Earl & Countess
of Huntingdon
Charlotte Cobbe
Arabella Cobbe
Marshall G. Cobbe
Marshal's 1800 Indenture
Marshall's Wife
Eliza Hammond

& Their Children:
Frances & Caroline Cobbe
Charles Marshall Goodolphin Cobbe
Thomas Cobbe
Willoughby Cobbe
Sydney G. Cobbe
Rosamond Cobbe
The Chaloners
The Clays
The Poet Keats
The Hammonds

Charles Cobbe was born in Mears Ashby, Northamptonshire and baptised in the Parish Church on 16th August 1779, probably within weeks of his birth. There is no mention of his father Richard Chaloner Cobbe A.M. in the Parish Register for Mears Ashby over the period April 1778 through April 1781 when they appear to have returned to Market Bosworth.

On 24th September 1789, at the age of about 10 years, Charles joined HMS Colossus as Captain's Servant and stayed with Colossus for 1 year 3 weeks and 2 days. His pre-Lieutenant service was as follows:

 
Ship
Entry
Quality
Discharge
Time
 
y
m
w
d
Colossus
24 Sept 1789
Capt. St.
16 Octo: 1790
1
-
3
2
Niger
30 Sept 1791
Able
14 May 1793
1
8
-
3
Captain
17 May 1793
Able
31 May 1793
-
-
2
1
- Do -
1 June 1793
Mid
31 March 1794
-
10
3
3
- Do -
1 April 1794
Mid
20 July 1795
1
3
3
6
Dido
26 July 1795
Mid
27 March 1797
1
8
3
-
Ville de Paris
31 March 1797
Mid (?)
11 April 1797
-
-
1
5
 

He received his Lieutenant's Pass Certificate from Cuthbert Collingwood and two others (cannot make out their signatures - GGD) on the 11th April 1797 aboard HMS Excellent off Cadiz. He then transferred to HMS St. George as Lieutenant. A copy of the Certificate is shown on one of the writer's other web sites www.17thwelsh.org.uk or directly accessible by clicking here. It may be necessary to click the browser back arrow to return here. Sadly Charles disappeared from Steele's Navy Lists before about June 1798, presumably killed in action. The exact circumstances are yet to be determined - can anyone help please?

Clearly his progress was very good, maybe helped, to some extent, by having Capt Francis Burslem as Gt. Uncle, Howard of Effingham as an ancestor and Admiral Robert Fairfax (of Steeton) in the Family Tree. As well as, Black Tom Fairfax, an ancestor's first cousin and one of Cromwell's Generals. The ancestor was Ursula Chaloner (nee Fairfax), wife of the Regicide James Chaloner, Governor of the Isle of Man and grandmother of Lt. Col. Richard Chaloner Cobbe of Hawley's Foot, Charles's great grandfather.

By the time Charles entered the Navy, his grandfather, Rev Dr James Burslem DD JP had died and was buried at St. Margaret's Westminster in Jan 1787. James was an elder brother of Capt. Francis Burslem RN. The eldest brother William Burlsem had as a descendent Nathaniel Burslem who won a V.C. at the Taku Forts in China.

Clearly his own considerable fortitude, strength of character as well as his practical and mental abilities should not be diminished. After all he received his Certificate at the age of 18 years. His wider family were/are movers and shakers, close to historical events,close to Royal families, and within or close to Governments. They were also emminent Ecclesiastically, Militarily and Commercially, before and during his time as well as down to the present day. This will be acknowledged elsewhere on this web site as will be the Victoria Crosses, Military Crosses and Military Medals gained from within that wider family.

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