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Hortop, Job (fl. 1550–1591), powder maker and seaman, was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire. From the age of twelve he served the queen's powder maker in Rotherhithe, London, until pressed as a gunner in the Jesus of Lubeck on John Hawkins's third slaving voyage (October 1567). After the disaster at ...

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Kynoch, George (1834–1891), ammunition manufacturer, was born on 22 August 1834 at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, the youngest son of John Kynoch, a journeyman tailor, and his wife. They lived in humble circumstances and after education at the local national school, Kynoch obtained employment first in an insurance office in ...

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Levett, William (d. 1554), Church of England clergyman and gun-founder, was the son of a substantial landowner in the Hollington area of Hastings, where he was born, and the brother of John Levett of Little Horsted, gentleman and ironmaster. He obtained an Oxford...

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Pritchett, Robert Taylor (1828–1907), gun maker and landscape painter, was born, probably in London, on 24 February 1828, the son of Richard Ellis Pritchett (c.1782–1866), and his wife, Ann Dumbleton. His father was head of the firm of Enfield gun makers, which supplied arms to the ...

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Purdey, James (1784–1863), gun maker, was born in August 1784 in Whitechapel, London, the third son of James Purdey, blacksmith, and his wife, Anne. Of their three sons and five daughters, only James and his sister Martha (1774–1853) survived infancy. Martha married in 1793 ...

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James Purdey (1784–1863) by unknown artist by courtesy of James Purdey & Sons Ltd.

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Western, Thomas (bap. 1624, d. 1707), ironmonger and gun-founder, was baptized on 10 October 1624 at St Olave, Hart Street, in the City of London, the son of William Western (bap. 1576, d. 1640), grocer, and Frances Trott. A member of the ...