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The Hon. Charles Stewart
Admiral The Honourable Charles Stewart, 1681-1741.jpg
The Honourable Charles Stewart, a 1740 portrait by Allan Ramsay
Died 5 February 1741
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service c. 1697?1741
Rank Vice-Admiral of the White
Commands held HMS Falcon
Nine Years' War
War of the Spanish Succession
War of the Quadruple Alliance
War of the Austrian Succession
Relations William Stewart, 1st Viscount Mountjoy (father)
The Honourable Charles Stewart (1681 ? 5 February 1741) was an officer of the Royal Navy who saw service during the Nine Years' War, and the Wars of the Spanish Succession, Quadruple Alliance and Austrian Succession. He embarked on a political career, and was a Member of Parliament for the Parliaments of Ireland and Great Britain.
Stewart was born into the nobility, raised the younger son of a viscount. He entered the navy at an early age, but suffered a severe wound at the beginning of his career, losing his right hand. He recovered, and prospered in the service, rising to command several ships in the frequent wars of the early eighteenth century. He also had an interest in politics, representing Tyrone from 1715. By 1720 he had risen high enough in the navy to be entrusted with a squadron to take action against Mediterranean piracy, particularly the dangerous Salé Rovers. He had the dual commission of acting as minister plenipotentiary to Morocco, and managed to successfully negotiate a treaty and the release of 296 British prisoners.
Rewarded with an increased pension and further commands, Stewart was raised to flag rank and served for a time as commander in chief in the West Indies, and held junior commands in the Channel Fleet. He also sat for the British parliament, representing Malmesbury from 1723 until 1727, and Portsmouth from 1737 until his death in 1741.