Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

Charles Linton R. N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 25 December 1807

Battle of Trafalgar

Charles Linton served on the Orion under Sir Edward Codrington at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

He was appointed Surgeon in the Royal Navy on 25 December 1807.

Charles Linton was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814 [1]

Gulf of Persia

He was surgeon on the sloop of war Challenger in 1818 and later published An Account of a Curious Case in Surgery [2]

Surgeon Superintendent

Charles Linton was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on two convict ship voyages to Australia:

Surry in 1823

Guildford in 1827

He was Surgeon Superintendent on the immigrant ship Thames to New South Wales in 1826.


He was on the 1834 Navy List of Officers appointed to Medical Establishments abroad and was employed as surgeon at Jamaica on 25 February 1829 [3]


Medical Directory 1853 - Charles Linton, Oundle, Northamptonshire - M.R.C.S.E. and L.S.A. 1832


Charles Linton died on 3 September 1853 -

On the 3d, Charles Linton, Esq., of the Royal Navy, one of the medical officers who attended the battle of Trafalgar in Codrington's ship the Orion; in his 79th year. [4]

He was buried on 8th September at Highgate Cemetery St. James, St. Pancras, Middlesex. [5]

His estate was left to his nephew William Linton, artist of Lodge Place, Regent's Park with bequests to his other nieces and nephews - Margaret and Mary Linton and James and Robert Linton. [6]


[1] Navy List

[2] Transactions of the Literary Society of Bombay, Volume 2 By Literary Society of Bombay

[3] The Royal Calendar, and Court and City Register for England Volume 2

[4] Medical Directory for Scotland

[5] London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: DL/T/063/013. London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003

[6] The National Archives; Kew, England; Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 2181. England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858