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Cunningham, Rear-Admiral Sir Charles (1755-1834)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 CUN

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Cunningham, Rear-Admiral Sir Charles (1755-1834)

Date(s): [1796-1832]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 3 vols, 1 box

Name of creator(s): Cunningham | Sir | Charles | 1755-1834 | Knight | Rear-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Cunningham entered the Navy from the merchant service in 1775 and served in the West Indies throughout the American War. He was made lieutenant in 1782 and commanded the Admiral Barrington brig in that year. In 1788 he went to the East Indies and in 1790 was made commander of the ARIEL. He became a captain in 1793 and went to the Mediterranean, returning with Lord Hood's (q.v.) despatches. His next appointment was in 1796 to the CLYDE which was refitting at the Nore at the outbreak of the mutiny: he acted decisively and after seventeen days managed to bring his ship safely away. He was appointed, in 1803, a Commissioner of Victualling and, in 1806, Commissioner of Deptford and Woolwich dockyards. In 1823 he went to Chatham dockyard and retired with the rank of rear-admiral in 1829. In this year he published A Narrative of... the Mutiny at the Nore (Chatham, 1829).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Charles Cunningham including official service documents, a log, 1796 to 1798, and a manuscript account of the Nore Mutiny. There is also a transcript of this made by Mr Granville Proby in the 1940s. The loose papers consist of correspondence received between 1799 and 1832 from, among others, William, Duke of Clarence, when Lord High Admiral, Earl St. Vincent (q.v.), Sir Evan Nepean (q.v.), Lord Spencer (1758-1834), Sir William Cornwallis (q.v.), the Hon. Charles Philip Yorke (q.v.), Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) and the 2nd Viscount Melville (q.v.). There is also material relating to Cunningham's period at Chatham.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

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Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented in 1932 and 1941 by Mrs Drogo Montagu.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Mutiny | Crime

Personal names
Barrow | Sir | John | 1764-1848 | Knight | Secretary to the Admiralty and founder of the Royal Geographical Society
Cornwallis | Sir | William | 1744-1819 | Knight | Admiral
Cunningham | Sir | Charles | b 1906 | Knight | politician
Dundas | Robert Saunders | 1771-1851 | 2nd Viscount Melville | Scots statesman
Spencer | George John | 1758-1834 | 2nd Earl Spencer | statesman
William IV | 1765-1837 | king of Great Britain and Ireland

Corporate names
Chatham Dockyard
Royal Navy