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Grantham, Sir Thomas (bap. 1641, d. 1718), tobacco trader and naval officer, was baptized on 23 December 1641, the first of three children of Thomas Grantham (d. 1643 or 1645) of Bicester, Oxfordshire. In 1664 Grantham was acting as a merchant, shipping woollen goods to ...

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James, Sir William, first baronet (1722–1783), naval officer and director of the East India Company, was born on 5 September 1722 near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Sir Nathaniel Wraxall, who knew him well, wrote that 'His origin was so obscure as almost to baffle inquiry' (...

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Keeling, William (1577/8–1620), naval officer in the East India Company, is of unknown parentage, his date of birth being calculated from his supposed age of forty-two at death. His ability to deal with eastern potentates suggests that he was 'socially a cut above the average sea captain' (...

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Keigwin, Richard (d. 1690), naval and army officer in the East India Company, was the third son of Richard Keigwin (1605–1647) of Penzance and Margaret, daughter of Nicholas Godolphin of Trewarveneth. In 1665 he was appointed lieutenant of the Santa Maria, one of the ...

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Lynn, Thomas (1774–1847), naval officer in the East India Company and teacher of navigation, was born on 2 January 1774 at Woodbridge, Suffolk, one of at least two sons of James Lynn, a medical practitioner, and his wife, Elizabeth. In order to be accepted into the navy of the ...

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Middleton, Sir Henry (d. 1613), East India Company sea captain, was born in the parish of St Peter, Chester, one of at least nine children in the family of John Middleton, merchant, and his wife, Katherine (d. 1588), daughter of Thomas and ...

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Shilling, Andrew (d. 1621), naval officer in the East India Company, of unknown parentage, is first recorded on 25 November 1589, when he married Agnes Poape (d. 1620) at Plymouth. His eldest daughter, Damaris (who is mentioned in his will), the first of at least ten children, was baptized at ...

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Towerson, Gabriel (bap. 1576, d. 1623), naval officer and agent for the East India Company, was baptized on 27 February 1576 in the parish church of St Michael Cornhill, London, the tenth of twelve children of William Towerson (d. 1584), member of the ...