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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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Apsley, Sir Allen (1566/7–1630), naval and military administrator, was a younger son of John Apsley of Pulborough, Sussex, and of his wife, Elizabeth (née Shelley). His daughter, Lucy Hutchinson, portrayed him as coming to court as a young man, losing heavily at gaming, and enlisting with the navy victualler in the ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Armstrong, Sir Alexander (1818–1899), naval medical officer, descended from a family originally of Cumberland, and from Major-General John Armstrong (1673–1742), was born in Donegal, the son of Alexander Armstrong of Croghan Lodge, co. Fermanagh. He studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, and at ...

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Atkins, John (bap. 1685, d. 1757), naval surgeon, the son of John and Grace Atkins, was baptized on 26 November 1685 at Plaistow, Essex. He served a professional apprenticeship before commencing a chequered naval career in March 1701 as surgeon's mate of the ...

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Atkinson, Edward Leicester (1881–1929), naval medical officer and explorer in Antarctica, was born on 23 November 1881 at Sion Hill, St Vincent, Windward Islands, West Indies, the third of eight children and the second and sole surviving son of Edward Leycester Atkinson, then an accountant at the ...

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Baeshe, Edward (c. 1507–1587), naval administrator and politician, appears to have been the son and heir of Robert Baeshe (or Bashe) of Worcester, who is variously described as gentleman and shoemaker, and his wife, Joyce, the daughter of Thomas Bolte of Worcestershire, gentleman. In later life he was styled esquire, and one of his benefactions is adorned with a coat of arms, though he is not known to have received a grant. Nothing is known of his education and upbringing, though a later lampoon describes him as living on his wits. At some time before 1538 he moved to ...

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Bagg, Sir James (bap. 1592, d. 1638), naval administrator, was baptized on 23 February 1592 at St Andrew's, Plymouth, the eldest of fourteen children of James Bagg (d. 1624), merchant and MP, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of John Stone of ...

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See Barrow, Sir John, first baronet

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T. F. Henderson

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Beatty, Sir William (d. 1842), naval surgeon, joined the navy at an early age, and saw much service in it in various parts of the world. In 1806 he was appointed physician to the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich, an office which he retained until 1840. He attended ...