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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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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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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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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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John William Norie (1772–1843) by Adam Buck (after Solomon? Williams, c. 1803) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Norie, John William (1772–1843), hydrographer and writer on navigation, was born at 39 Burr Street, Wapping, London, on 3 July 1772, the eldest of the eight children of James Norie (1737–1793), a Scot who had trained for the Presbyterian church and kept a school in ...

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Raper, Henry (1799–1859), naval officer and writer on navigation, was the eldest son of Admiral Henry Raper (1767–1845) and his wife, formerly a Miss Craig. After attending Charterhouse School he entered the navy in November 1811 on board the Mars, his father's ship. He joined the ...

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Sturmy, Samuel (1633–1669), writer on seamanship, was born on 5 November 1633 in Gloucester, the son of a glover; the names of his parents are unknown, although the name of Sturmy was of some antiquity in the region. According to his own account, ...

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Tapp, John (c. 1575–1631), writer on navigation and publisher, was entered as an apprentice to the Drapers' Company in 1589 and was discharged in 1596. In the same year, while living near the Bulwark gate on Tower Hill, he re-edited the English translation by ...

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Thursfield, Sir James Richard (1840–1923), naval historian and journalist, was born at Kidderminster on 16 November 1840, the younger son of Thomas Thursfield MRCS, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Thomas Pardoe. On his father's death in 1855, the family moved to London...

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Sir James Richard Thursfield (1840–1923) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London