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Royal Naval Biography/Rider, William Barnham


Was made a commander on the 22d Jan. 1806; and employed for a considerable time afterwards, in the Challenger sloop, on the Channel and other stations. On the 20th Nov. 1810, he lost his commission, by the sentence of a court-martial, for having returned home with despatches from the Lieutenant-Governor of Curaçoa, without obtaining the previous authority of the naval commander-in-chief at Jamaica; but the Court being strongly impressed, that, in the commission of this offence against professional etiquette, he had been misled by error of judgment, arising from the best motives for the welfare of his King and Country, earnestly recommended him to the favorable consideration of the Admiralty. He was consequently restored to his former rank in Mar. 1811.