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Admiral Charles Middleton (1726–1813), Later Lord Barham

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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Admiral Charles Middleton (1726–1813) was noted as a skilled, though domineering, administrator and one of the navy’s leading evangelical Christians. Born in Bo’ness in Scotland, he joined the Royal Navy and served in the Caribbean during the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763). He rose to become Comptroller of the Navy in 1778–1790, and was briefly First Lord of the Admiralty in 1805–1806 at the time of Trafalgar. Middleton had long been in favour of abolition and corresponded with William Wilberforce.

National Maritime Museum



19th C


oil on canvas on board


H 75.5 x W 63.2 cm

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