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Adams, William (1564–1620), navigator, was born in Gillingham, Kent, the son of John Adams. His mother and the precise date of his birth are unknown, but he was baptized on 24 September 1564 at St Mary Magdalen, Gillingham. He had at least one brother, ...

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Barinthus [St Barinthus, Barnitus, Barvitus] (supp. fl. 6th cent.), legendary navigator, occurs in the Navigatio sancti Brendani and the various Latin and vernacular lives of St Brendan of Clonfert (d. 573) [see under Connacht, saints of], where it is stated that his account of a journey, undertaken with a disciple called ...

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Burney, Sarah Harriet (1772–1844), writer, was born on 29 August 1772, probably in King's Lynn, Norfolk, the youngest of two children of Charles Burney (1726–1814), musician, and his second wife, Elizabeth, née Allen (1728–1796), widow of Stephen Allen, a merchant of King's Lynn...

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Bylot, Robert (fl. 1610–1617), navigator, is first mentioned as a mariner on the Discovery (55 tons) in the expedition in search of the north-west passage under Henry Hudson, paid for by Sir Dudley Digges, Sir Thomas Smith, and John Wolstenholme, avid promoters of overseas trade. The expedition sailed from ...

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Cabot, John [Zuan Caboto] (c. 1451–1498), navigator, was Italian by birth, the son of Julio Caboto (apparently of Genoese origin) and his wife, Mattea (who was Venetian). His parents were active in Venetian territories, and passed on their business and property dealings to ...

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Chichester, Sir Francis Charles (1901–1972), navigator and sailor, was born on 17 September 1901 at Shirwell, Devon, the younger son (there were later two daughters) of Charles Chichester, vicar of Shirwell, seventh son of the eighth baronet, and his wife, Emily Annie, the daughter of ...

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Sir Francis Charles Chichester (1901–1972) by Russell Westwood, 1967 © Estate of Russell Westwood; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clerke, Charles (1743–1779), naval officer and circumnavigator, was born in Weatherfield, Essex, the son of Joseph Clerke, a farmer. He had a brother, Sir John Clerke, and a sister who married Paul Henry Maty. He entered the navy in 1755 as captain's servant and midshipman in the ...

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Clerke, Richard (fl. 1572–1596), navigator and privateer, claimed to have been born at Buckhurst, Essex, but is generally referred to as 'of Weymouth'. He presumably learned his trade in the ships of the latter port, being master of the Pilgrim between Weymouth...

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