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Frobisher, Sir Martin (1535?–1594), privateer, explorer, and naval commander, was descended from John Frobisher (b. c.1260), a Scot settled in lands near Chirk in Denbighshire granted in recognition of his services to Edward I during the Welsh wars. In the mid-fourteenth century the family crossed the ...

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Grenville, Sir Richard (1542–1591), naval commander, was born in May or June 1542, the son of a sea captain, Roger Grenville (d. 1545) of Stowe, Cornwall, and Thomasine, daughter of Thomas Cole.

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Hawkins, Sir John (1532–1595), merchant and naval commander, was born in Plymouth, the second son of William Hawkins (b. before 1490, d. 1554/5), merchant, sea captain, and shipowner, and his wife, Joan, only child of Roger Trelawny of Brightor, Cornwall.

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Howard, Charles, second Baron Howard of Effingham and first earl of Nottingham (1536–1624), naval commander, was the eldest son of William Howard, first Baron Howard of Effingham (c. 1510–1573), and his second wife, Margaret (d. 1581), daughter of Sir Thomas Gamage. His early years are obscure. He spent some time in the household of his uncle ...

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Howard, William, first Baron Howard of Effingham (c. 1510–1573), naval commander, was the fourth son of Thomas Howard, second duke of Norfolk (1443–1524), and his second wife, Agnes Tilney (d. 1545). Educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Lord William was brought to court immediately thereafter, where he appears to have made an early and favourable impression. In 1531 ...