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Eldest son of the late John Cornwall, Esq., of Hendon, co. Middlesex; and grandson of the first Viscount Gardner. He was born on the 22d Jan. 1795; made a lieutenant in April 1815; and promoted to the rank of commander, Nov. 22d, 1826. He married, Dec. 5th, 1822, Charlotte Susan, daughter of Sir John Gregory Shaw Turner; and his youngest sister, Sophia, has since been united to the Rev. Robert William Shaw, son of the same baronet.