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John Adams (1768?–1829) attrib. Richard Beechey, 1825 Phillips Picture Library

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Adams, John [alias Alexander Smith] (1768?–1829), seaman, mutineer, and settler, was born in London probably in 1768 and was serving under the name of Smith as an able seaman on HMS Bounty at the time of the mutiny on 28 April 1789 [...

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Cunningham, Peter Miller (1789–1864), naval surgeon and pioneer in Australia, fifth and youngest son of John Cunningham (1743–1800) of Dalswinton, near Dumfries, land steward and farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Harley, the daughter of a Dumfries merchant, was born at Dalswinton in November 1789. He was brother of ...

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Farewell, Francis George (1793–1829), naval officer and settler in Natal, was born in Wincanton, Somerset, the second son of Samuel Farewell (d. 1801), rector of Wincanton. After his father's death the family moved to Tiverton, where he was educated at Blundell's School...

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Oglethorpe, James Edward (1696–1785), army officer and founder of the colony of Georgia, was born in London on 22 December 1696, the third and youngest surviving son of Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe (1650–1702), politician and army officer, and his wife, Eleanor, née Wall (1662–1732)...

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James Edward Oglethorpe (1696–1785) by Thomas Burford, pubd c. 1743–5 © Copyright The British Museum

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Piers, William (d. 1603), soldier and founder of the town of Carrickfergus, was the son of Richard or Henry Piers of Piers-Hall, near Ingleton, Yorkshire. Nothing is known about his education. He may have been a younger son, which would explain his early career as a soldier....

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Talbot, Thomas (1771–1853), army officer and settler in Canada, was born at Malahide Castle, co. Dublin, on 19 July 1771, the fourth son of Richard Talbot (d. 1788) of Malahide Castle and his wife, Margaret (d. 1834), the daughter of James O'Reilly...

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Thomas Talbot (1771–1853) attrib. James Buckingham Wandesford Collection of McIntosh Gallery, the University of Western Ontario, Gift of Judge Talbot MacBeth, 1941

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Wilson, Allan (1856–1893), soldier and pioneer in Africa, was born possibly at Urquhart, Ross and Cromarty, the son of Robert Wilson, road and railway contractor, who in the early 1860s was building roads and bridges in Orkney and who resided with his family at ...