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Brenton, Edward Pelham (1774–1839), naval officer and naval historian, the second son of Rear-Admiral Jahleel Brenton (1729–1802) and his wife, Henrietta, daughter of Joseph Cowley of Wolverhampton, and younger brother of Vice-Admiral Sir Jahleel Brenton, was born in Rhode Island on 20 July 1774. He entered the navy in November 1788, and, after serving in the ...

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Cable, Sir James Eric Sydney Skelton (1920–2001), diplomatist and writer on naval strategy, was born on 15 November 1920, at 132 Earls Court Road, Kensington, London, the elder son of Eric Grant Cable (1887–1970), then serving in the consular department of the Foreign Office...

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Sir James Eric Sydney Skelton Cable (1920–2001) by unknown photographer, 1975 Universal Pictorial Press

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Callender, Sir Geoffrey Arthur Romaine (1875–1946), naval historian and museum director, was born at Didsbury, Manchester, on 25 November 1875, the elder son of Arthur William Callender, cotton mill owner, and his wife, Agnes Louisa, daughter of the Revd George Stephen Woodgate, vicar of ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Charnock, John (1756–1807), naval biographer, was born on 28 November 1756, and baptized at Stanford-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire, on 21 March 1757, the son of John Charnock, barrister, of Stanford-on-Soar, and his wife, Frances, daughter of Thomas Boothby of Chingford, Essex. He was educated at ...

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Clerk, John, of Eldin (1728–1812), naval writer, was born at Penicuik, Edinburghshire, on 10 December 1728, the seventh son of Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, second baronet (1676–1755), politician and antiquary, and his second wife, Janet, née Inglis (d. 1760). His wealthy family background encouraged an open-minded attitude. He was educated at ...

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John Clerk of Eldin (1728–1812) by Sir Henry Raeburn, c. 1800 Currier Funds, 1933.8

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Clowes, Sir William Laird [pseud. Nauticus] (1856–1905), writer on naval issues, born at Hampstead, London, on 1 February 1856, was the eldest son of William Clowes, sometime registrar in chancery and part editor of the fifth edition (1891) of Seton's Forms and Judgments...

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G. A. R. Callender

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Corbett, Sir Julian Stafford (1854–1922), naval historian, the second son of Charles Joseph Corbett, architect and property developer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Byrne, was born on 12 November 1854 at Walcot House, Kennington Road, Lambeth, London. He was educated at Marlborough College...

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J. K. Laughton

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Ekins, Sir Charles (1768–1855), naval officer and naval historian, son of Dr Jeffery Ekins (1731–1791), dean of Carlisle, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Philip Baker, was born at Quainton rectory, Buckinghamshire, where his father was then rector. He entered the navy in March 1781, on the ...

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Graham, Gerald Sandford (1903–1988), imperial and naval historian, was born on 27 April 1903 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, the son of Henry Sandford Graham (1868–1951), Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Florence Marion, née Chambers (1873–1961). The father, though born in Monmouth, was of Scottish descent, and the mother was an Irish Protestant....

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Greenhill, Basil Jack (1920–2003), diplomatist, maritime historian, and museum director, was born on 26 February 1920 at 169 Moorland Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, the only child of Basil Jack Greenhill, insurance salesman, and his wife, Edith, formerly Mitchell, née Holmes. He was educated at ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Hutchinson, William (1715–1801), mariner and writer on seamanship, presumed to be a native of Newcastle upon Tyne, was at a very early age employed on colliers, as cook, cabin-boy, and beer-drawer for the men. He gradually worked his way through all the most active employments as a seaman....

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Andrew Lambert

Inman, James (1776–1859), mathematician and writer on navigation, was the younger son of Richard Inman of Garsdale Foot, Sedbergh, Yorkshire. He attended Sedbergh grammar school, and subsequently became a pupil of John Dawson. Although entered at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1794, he did not go into residence until 1796. He graduated BA in 1800 as senior wrangler and first Smith's prizeman, and was elected to a fellowship....

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Isabella [Isabella Bigod] (b. ?1195/1196, d. 1270), princess and countess of Norfolk, was the second daughter of William the Lion, king of Scots, and his queen Ermengarde de Beaumont. She was probably born in 1195/1196; in 1195...

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Andrew Lambert

James, William (d. 1827), naval historian, was from 1801 to 1813 an attorney of the supreme court of Jamaica, and practised as a proctor in the vice-admiralty court. In 1812 he was in the United States, and on the declaration of war with ...

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G. A. R. Callender

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Laughton, Sir John Knox (1830–1915), naval educator and historian, was the second son and youngest child of James Laughton of Liverpool (1777–1859), a former master mariner who had become a successful wine merchant. His mother was Ann Potts, who came from a Cumberland...

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Lecky, Squire Thornton Stratford (1838–1902), writer on navigation, born in co. Down, was the son of Holland Lecky of Bally Holland House, Bangor, co. Down, and Castle Lecky, co. Londonderry. He was sent to school at Gracehill, co. Antrim. At fourteen, without permission of his parents, he began his career at sea as midshipman on the ...

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Squire Thornton Stratford Lecky (1838–1902) by unknown artist, c. 1900 © National Maritime Museum, London

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J. K. Laughton

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Lever, Darcy (1760?–1839), writer on seamanship, probably born in 1760, was the eldest son of the Revd John Lever of Buxton, Derbyshire, and Mary, daughter of Isaac Shaw of Altrincham. He was a nephew of the collector and antiquary Sir Ashton Lever...