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Owen, Sir Edward William Campbell Rich, Admiral (1771-1849)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 COO/2

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Owen, Sir Edward William Campbell Rich, Admiral (1771-1849)

Date(s): [1797-1834]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 2 boxes, 1 file

Name of creator(s): Owen | Sir | Edward William Campbell Rich | 1771-1849 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Edward Owen, elder son of Commander William Owen, entered the Navy in 1786, was made a lieutenant in 1793 and a commander in 1796. In 1797 he commanded a division of gun-brigs at the Nore. He was promoted to captain in 1798, commanding several ships in home waters during hostilities with France. In 1809, in the Clyde, he commanded the Brouershaven Squadron during the Walcheren expedition. From 1822, when he was promoted to rear-admiral, to 1825, he Commander-in-Chief, West Indies. In 1827 he was Surveyor-General of the Ordnance and from March to September, 1828, was a Member of the Council of the Lord High Admiral. Between 1828 and 1832 he was Commander-in-Chief in the East Indies. He was appointed vice-admiral in 1837. From 1841 to 1845 he was Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, and he became admiral in 1846. Owen was Member of Parliament for Sandwich from 1826 to 1829.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Edward William Campbell Rich Owen. They consist of an account, drawn up in 1825, of the mutiny at Spithead in 1797 and of documents and narrative towards a history of the Walcheren expedition of 1809. There is also a letter of Privy Seal appointing Owen Clerk of the Ordnance, 1834.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

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, part of the Cochrane collection, were presented by Mrs Cochrane in 1952.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 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: 2010-09-27

Expeditions | Travel
Mutiny | Crime
Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering

Personal names
Owen | Sir | Edward Campbell Rich | 1771-1849 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy