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Pell, Admiral Sir Watkin Owen (1788-1869)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 PLL

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Pell, Admiral Sir Watkin Owen (1788-1869)

Date(s): 1809-1863

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 6ft; 182cm

Name of creator(s): Pell | Sir | Watkin Owen | 1788-1869 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Pell entered the Navy in 1799 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1806. He then served in the MERCURY on the Newfoundland and Mediterranean Stations until 1809. He was promoted to commander in 1810 into the THUNDER at Cadiz. He was promoted to captain in 1813 and given command of the MENAI on the North American Station until 1816. After a period on half-pay, Pell was appointed Commodore in command of the Jamaica Division of the North America and West Indies Station, 1833 to 1837. He commanded the HOWE in the Mediterranean, 1840 to 1841, and was Superintendent of Pembroke Dockyard, 1842 to 1845. From 1846 to 1863 he was a Commissioner of Greenwich Hospital. Pell was knighted in 1837 and promoted to rear-admiral in 1848, vice-admiral in 1855 and admiral in 1861.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Watkin Owen Pell, consisting of his diaries, 1824 to 1863, and his official, semi-official and private correspondence from 1809 onwards. This includes a number of letters from Admiral Sir George Cockburn, 1834 to 1851, and from the Spencer family, 1827 to 1856. There are extracts from logs, notes and drafts for a biography begun by his daughter, Mrs S M Maude, some account books and some items relating to Greenwich Hospital. There are also a few letters, diaries and account books of his wife, Lady Pell, and a few diaries and papers of Lieutenant Edwin Pell, 24th Regiment, dating mainly from 1809 to 1812 when he was serving in the Peninsular War.


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 were presented in 1935 by Miss Maude, grand-daughter of Admiral Pell.



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: 2010-08-26

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Peninsular War (1807-1814) | Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Cockburn | Sir | George | 1772-1853 | Knight | Admiral Of The Fleet
Pell | Sir | Watkin Owen | 1788-1869 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
Greenwich Hospital
Royal Navy