Charles Frederick (MP)

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Sir Charles Frederick

Sir Charles Frederick KB (21 December 1709 – 18 December 1785) was a British Member of Parliament.

He was a younger son of Sir Thomas Frederick, sometime Governor of Fort St David, and a younger brother of Sir John Frederick, 4th Baronet.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 1733.[1] Frederick was Member of Parliament for New Shoreham from 1741 to 1754 and for Queenborough from 1754 to 1784. He was made a Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1761. He was briefly Father of the House from June 1784.

Sir Charles Frederick also served as Clerk of the Deliveries and then Surveyor-General of the Ordnance. In 1782 however, he and his son were both removed from the Board of Ordnance by the then Master-General of the Ordnance, Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond. His son, who was Architect of the Ordnance, was succeeded by James Wyatt who went on to build both the Royal Artillery Barracks and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[2]

On 18 August 1746 he married Lucy, daughter of the first Viscount Falmouth, by whom he had issue. His great-grandson Charles Edward later succeeded to the family title as seventh Baronet.

Frederick Place in Woolwich is named after Sir Charles Frederick.


  1. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 3 December 2010. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Saint & Guillery (2012), pp. 146, 148, 328.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Frederick
John Phillipson
Member of Parliament for New Shoreham
With: Thomas Brand 1741–47
Robert Bristow 1747–54
Succeeded by
Robert Bristow
Richard Stratton
Preceded by
Thomas Newnham
Richard Evans
Member of Parliament for Queenborough
With: Sir Peircy Brett 1754–74
Sir Walter Rawlinson 1774–84
Succeeded by
John Clater Aldridge
George Bowyer
Preceded by
The Earl Nugent
Father of the House
Succeeded by
The Lord Mendip
Military offices
Preceded by
Andrew Wilkinson
Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
John Staunton Charlton
Preceded by
Thomas Lascelles
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Thomas Pelham
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