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Brenton, Edward Pelham (1774–1839), naval officer and naval historian, the second son of Rear-Admiral Jahleel Brenton (1729–1802) and his wife, Henrietta, daughter of Joseph Cowley of Wolverhampton, and younger brother of Vice-Admiral Sir Jahleel Brenton, was born in Rhode Island on 20 July 1774. He entered the navy in November 1788, and, after serving in the ...

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Callender, Sir Geoffrey Arthur Romaine (1875–1946), naval historian and museum director, was born at Didsbury, Manchester, on 25 November 1875, the elder son of Arthur William Callender, cotton mill owner, and his wife, Agnes Louisa, daughter of the Revd George Stephen Woodgate, vicar of ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Charnock, John (1756–1807), naval biographer, was born on 28 November 1756, and baptized at Stanford-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire, on 21 March 1757, the son of John Charnock, barrister, of Stanford-on-Soar, and his wife, Frances, daughter of Thomas Boothby of Chingford, Essex. He was educated at ...

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G. A. R. Callender

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Corbett, Sir Julian Stafford (1854–1922), naval historian, the second son of Charles Joseph Corbett, architect and property developer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Byrne, was born on 12 November 1854 at Walcot House, Kennington Road, Lambeth, London. He was educated at Marlborough College...

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J. K. Laughton

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Ekins, Sir Charles (1768–1855), naval officer and naval historian, son of Dr Jeffery Ekins (1731–1791), dean of Carlisle, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Philip Baker, was born at Quainton rectory, Buckinghamshire, where his father was then rector. He entered the navy in March 1781, on the ...

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Graham, Gerald Sandford (1903–1988), imperial and naval historian, was born on 27 April 1903 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, the son of Henry Sandford Graham (1868–1951), Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Florence Marion, née Chambers (1873–1961). The father, though born in Monmouth, was of Scottish descent, and the mother was an Irish Protestant....

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Greenhill, Basil Jack (1920–2003), diplomatist, maritime historian, and museum director, was born on 26 February 1920 at 169 Moorland Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, the only child of Basil Jack Greenhill, insurance salesman, and his wife, Edith, formerly Mitchell, née Holmes. He was educated at ...

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J. K. Laughton

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James, William (d. 1827), naval historian, was from 1801 to 1813 an attorney of the supreme court of Jamaica, and practised as a proctor in the vice-admiralty court. In 1812 he was in the United States, and on the declaration of war with ...

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G. A. R. Callender

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Laughton, Sir John Knox (1830–1915), naval educator and historian, was the second son and youngest child of James Laughton of Liverpool (1777–1859), a former master mariner who had become a successful wine merchant. His mother was Ann Potts, who came from a Cumberland...

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Marder, Arthur Jacob (1910–1980), naval historian, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 8 March 1910, the son of Maxwell J. Marder, a tailor, and his wife, Ida, née Greenstein. He was educated at Harvard University, where he gained his PhD in 1936. On the suggestion of the ...