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Alward, George Lowe (1842–1933), trawler owner, was born in Ramsgate, Kent, on 26 August 1842, the fourth son of the seven children of Robert Lowe Alward (1802–1871), fisherman and his wife, Mary Anne Wootton, née Hillman (1803–1874). His parents were natives of Brixham...

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Buckland, Francis Trevelyan (1826–1880), pisciculturist and naturalist, was born at Christ Church, Oxford, on 17 December 1826, the son of William Buckland (1784–1856), canon of Christ Church, and his wife, Mary Buckland (1797–1857), daughter of Benjamin Morland of Abingdon, Berkshire. He was baptized on 28 June 1827, in the college....

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Ffennell, William Joshua (1799–1867), fisheries inspector, was born on 16 August 1799 at Ballybrado, Waterford, Ireland, the eldest son and second of sixteen children of Joshua William and Elizabeth Ffennell. The family's much resented exclusion from the Society of Friends through his father's liberal 'conformity to the world' led to all six sons joining the established church. A nondescript education was enhanced by country gentleman's pursuits. In 1830 he married ...

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Fulton, Thomas Wemyss [formerly Wemyss Alexander Thomas Fulton] (1855–1929), fisheries authority and ocean law publicist, was born on 3 July 1855 at Cramond, near Edinburgh, the fifth son of Hugh Fulton, (b. 1806/7), a pier master, and Elizabeth, née Cumming. He was the seventh child and was named ...

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Larner, Samuel James [Sam] (1878–1965), fisherman and folk-singer, was born at Winterton, Norfolk, on 18 October 1878, one of the nine children of George Ezra Larner (fl. 1855?–1920?), fisherman, and his wife, Jane Amelia Powles. From the age of eight he went on occasional trips to sea, and at thirteen he signed as ‘peggy’ (cabin boy) on the ...

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Noble, Simon John [Johnny] (1936–2002), oyster-grower and businessman, was born on 31 October 1936 at 55 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London, the only son and second of three children of John Samuel Brunel Noble (1909–1972), Lloyd's underwriter and laird of the family estate at ...

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Ross, (John) Carl (1901–1986), fishery entrepreneur, was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, on 29 July 1901, the second of three sons and fourth of six children of Thomas Ross, Grimsby fish merchant, and his wife Marie, daughter of Herbert Bannister, trawler owner. He was educated at the ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Scoresby, William, senior (1760–1829), Arctic whaler and navigator, was the second child and elder son of eight children born to William Scoresby (1732–1816), a small farmer of Cropton, near Pickering, some 20 miles from Whitby, Yorkshire, and his first wife, Ann Harland (...

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Watt, Christian (1833–1923), fisherwoman and memoirist, was born on 24 February 1833 at 72 Broadsea, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, the seventh of the eight children of James Watt (1787–1868), fisherman, and his wife, Helen Noble (1788–1860). Her family was distantly related to the Saltouns, clan chiefs of the ...

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Chewton Atchley

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Youl, Sir James Arndell (1811–1904), pisciculturist, born at Parramatta, New South Wales, on 28 December 1811, was the son of John Youl (1773–1827), a Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Jane Loder (d. 1877). As a child he accompanied his parents to ...