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Charles Elliot


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AdmiralSir Charles ElliotKCB (15 August 1801 – 9 September 1875) was a British Royal Navy officer, diplomat, and colonial administrator. He became the first Administrator of Hong Kong in 1841 while serving as both Plenipotentiary and Chief Superintendent of British Trade in China. He was a key founder in the establishment of Hong Kong as a British colony.[1]

For the other British admiral, see Charles Elliot (Royal Navy officer).
Royal Navy admiral

Sir Charles Elliot
Chief Superintendent of British Trade in China
In office
14 December 1836  12 August 1841
Preceded by Sir George Robinson
Succeeded by Sir Henry Pottinger
Administrator of Hong Kong
In office
26 January 1841  12 August 1841
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Alexander Johnston(Acting)
Governor of Bermuda
In office
25 December 1846  13 February 1854
Preceded by Sir William Reid
Succeeded by Freeman Murray
Governor of Trinidad
In office
10 March 1854  27 October 1856
Preceded by George Harris
Succeeded by Robert Keate
Governor of Saint Helena
In office
3 July 1863  29 January 1870
Preceded by Sir Edward Hay
Succeeded by Charles Patey
Personal details
Born 15 August 1801
Dresden, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire
Died 9 September 1875(1875-09-09) (aged 74)
Exmouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Resting place St John in the Wilderness, Exmouth, England
Spouse(s) Clara Windsor
Children 5
Parent(s) Hugh Elliot
Margaret Jones

Born in Dresden, Saxony, Elliot joined the Royal Navy in 1815 and served as a midshipman in the bombardment of Algiers against Barbary pirates the following year. After serving in the East Indies Station for four years, he joined the Home Station in 1820. He joined the West Africa Squadron and became a lieutenant in 1822. After serving in the West Indies Station, he was promoted to captain in 1828. He met Clara Windsor in Haiti and they married in 1828.

After retiring from active naval service, Elliot followed a career in the Foreign Office. From 1830 to 1833, he was Protector of Slaves in Guiana. In 1834, he went to China as Master Attendant to the staff of Chief Superintendent Lord Napier. He became Plenipotentiary and Chief Superintendent from 1836 to 1841. From 1842 to 1846, Elliot was chargé d’affaires and consul general in the Republic of Texas. He served as Governor of Bermuda (1846–54), Governor of Trinidad (1854–56), and Governor of Saint Helena (1863–70). He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1856.

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Elliot was born in Dresden, Saxony, on 15 August 1801[2] to Margaret and Hugh Elliot.[3][4] He was one of nine children.[5] His uncle was Scottish diplomat Gilbert Elliott, 1st Earl of Minto.[1] He was educated at Reading School in Reading, Berkshire, England.[3]

On 26 March 1815, Elliot joined the Royal Navy as a first-class volunteer on board HMS Leviathan, which served in the Mediterranean Station.[6] In July 1816, he became a midshipman on board HMS Minden,[6] in which he served in the bombardment of Algiers against Barbary pirates in August 1816.[7] He then served in the East Indies Station for four years under Sir Richard King. In 1820, he joined the cutterStarling under Lieutenant-Commander John Reeve in the Home Station, and HMS Queen Charlotte under James Whitshed.[6]

In 1821, Elliot joined HMS Iphigenia under Sir Robert Mends in the West Africa Squadron. On 11 June 1822, he became a lieutenant while serving in HMS Myrmidon under Captain Henry John Leeke. He again served in the Iphigenia on 19 June, and in HMS Hussar under Captain George Harris in the West Indies Station. There, he was appointed to the schoonersUnion on 19 June 1825 and Renegade on 30 August. On 1 January 1826, he was nominated acting-commander of the convalescent ship Serapis in Port Royal, Jamaica, where on 14 April, he served in the hospital shipMagnificent. After further employment on board HMS Bustard and HMS Harlequin, he was promoted to captain on 28 August 1828.[6]

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