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Acton, Sir John Francis Edward, sixth baronet (1736–1811), naval officer and administrator in the Neapolitan service, descended from the Actons of Aldenham Hall, Shropshire, was born in Besançon, Franche Comté, France, in 1736 (baptized 3 June). His father, Dr Edward Acton (1709–1775), had settled there and married a local girl, ...

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Sir John Francis Edward Acton, sixth baronet (1736–1811) by Peter Eduard Ströhling, c. 1793 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barry, John (1745?–1803), naval officer in the American service, was born at Tacumshane, co. Wexford. Few details of his parents are known, other than that his mother's maiden name was Kelly; his father may have been a farmer. In 1755 Barry was apprenticed to a ...

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Blakely, Johnston (1781–1814), naval officer in the United States service, was born in Dublin in October 1781. When he was an infant, his parents emigrated to North Carolina. In 1800 he entered the United States Navy and, when the Anglo-American War broke out in 1812, had attained the rank of master commandant. Commanding the ...

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Camocke, George (c. 1666–1732), Jacobite naval officer and officer in the Spanish service, was the son of one of the Camocks of Ballymoney, co. Antrim (formerly of Layer Marney, Essex), and Mary Arney (1643–1699) of Ixworth, Suffolk. He entered the navy about 1682 and was promoted lieutenant in 1690 'for boarding a cat that was laden with masts for his majesty's ships, then riding at Cow and Calf in ...

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Campbell, Peter [Pedro] (1782–1832), soldier and first organizer of the Uruguayan naval force, was born in Ireland, probably in co. Tipperary, in 1782. No record survives of his formative years, and little is known of this period except that he was born in a Roman Catholic family and that in his youth he was apprenticed to a tanner. He enlisted as a sergeant in the first battalion of the ...

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Cunningham, John (c. 1575–1651), naval officer in the Danish service, was born at Barns, near Crail, Fife, the second son of Alexander Cunningham, laird of West Barns and Gallowside, and his wife, Christiane Wood. Cunningham's early years remain obscure. Before reaching Denmark he is supposed to have travelled throughout ...

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Deane, John (bap. 1685, d. 1761), naval officer in the Russian service and spy, was baptized at St Wilfrid's Church, Wilford, Nottinghamshire, on 21 March 1685, the third of four sons of Jasper Deane, a prosperous farmer, and his first wife (of four), ...

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Elphinston, John (1722–1785), naval officer in the Russian service, was the son of Captain John Elphinston RN and Anne Williams. He may have been born at Lopness in the Orkney Islands, from where his family, with its history of seafaring, was descended. Elphinston...

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Greig, Alexis Samuilovich (1775–1845), naval officer in the Russian service, son of Sir Samuel Greig (1735–1788), was born at Kronstadt on 18 September 1775. As a reward for his father's services, he was enrolled at his birth as a midshipman in the Russian navy. He first distinguished himself in 1807, during the Russo-Turkish War of 1806–12, when a rear-admiral. After the defeat of the Turks off ...