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Vice-Admiral Charles StirlingVice-Admiral Charles Stirling was born 28 April 1760 in London, England, baptised 15 May 1760, St. Alban's London, and died 7 November 1833 in Woburn Farm, Chertsey, Surrey. He married Charlotte Grote 11 August 1789 in Greenwich, London, daughter of Andreas Grote and Mary Culverden. She was born 1763, and died 25 March 1825 in Woburn Farm, Chertsey Surrey.

Notes for Vice-Admiral Charles Stirling from The Stirlings of Cadder by Thomas Willing Stirling, published 1933

In 1801 he was appointed Commissioner at Jamaica Yard. Afterwards, he was Commander-in-Chief at the Cape. As Rear Admiral he took part in Sir Robert Calder's action of 22 July 1805, in which he flew his flag in the "Glory," of 98 guns. In February of 1807 he commanded the Squadron in the combined Naval and Military operations at the reduction of the Fortress of Monte Video.

He was given the Freedom of the City of London, and a sword on the hilt of which is inscribed the following: [". gallant and meritorious conduct at the capture of the Fortress of Monte Video . . ."]

He was promoted to Vice Admiral, and in Oct. 1811 was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Squadron at Jamaica. On the outbreak of war with America he was placed under the orders of Admiral Sir Borlase Warren (Sept. 1812); and in June 1813 he was superseded by Rear Admiral Brown.

On arrival in England he learnt that he had been recalled in consequence of reports which had reached their Lordships, and on the 7th May 1814 he was Court Martialled on a charge preferred by Commissioiner Wolley, at Jamaica. This is contained in a letter, in which the Commissioner says - That His Majesty's Naval Service had been brought into disrepute in consequence of it being spoken of publicly that ships of war were hired out to convoy vessels going to the Spanish Main, and he quotes a specific case when Messrs. Bogle & Co., Vice Admiral Stirling's agents, negotiated with Mr. Pallachi, of the house of Moravia & Co., for the hire of His Majesty's Sloop "Sappho," and received the sum of two thousand dollars for the service.

But though a charge against the Admiral might be deduced in general terms from this letter, the charge on which he was tried was never stated in precise terms.

The only witness called for the prosecution was Captain O'Grady of the "Sappho," who, if there were any corrupt practice, was an undoubted accessory, and who could not be considered an unbiased witness, being obviously concerned to clear his own skirts.

The verdict of the Court was "That the charge had been in part proved against the said Vice Admiral Charles Stirling; and did adjudge him to remain on the half pay list of Vice Admirals of the Royal Navy; and not to be included in any further promotion." [T.W. Stirling devotes a further page to comment on the legal niceties of the case.]