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J. M. Rigg

revised by Philip Carter

Elsdale, Robinson (bap. 1744, d. 1783), author and privateer, the son of Samuel and Mary Elsdale, was baptized on 25 December 1744 at Surfleet, Lincolnshire, where his family had long maintained an estate. He entered the navy as a midshipman, but left soon afterwards on account of the slowness of promotion. From 1762 he served in various privateers cruising against the French, chiefly off the coast of ...

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Kennish [Kinnish], William (bap. 1799, d. 1862), naval officer and poet, son of Thomas Kennish and his wife, Margaret Radcliffe, was baptized at Kirk Maughold, Isle of Man, on 24 February 1799. He was reared as a ploughboy, but in 1821 entered the navy as a common seaman, where he first learned English, and rose to be a warrant officer. He was ship's carpenter on the ...

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Frederick Marryat (1792–1848) by John Simpson, in or before 1826 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Andrew Lambert

Marryat, Frederick (1792–1848), naval officer and novelist, was born at Catherine Court, Tower Hill, London, on 10 July 1792. Of Huguenot descent, he was the second son of Joseph Marryat of Wimbledon, who was MP for Horsham and later for Sandwich, chairman of ...

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Moore, John Evelyn (1921–2010), naval officer and editor, was born on 1 November 1921 at Sant'Ilario, near Genoa, Italy, the son of William John Moore, import and export businessman, and his wife, Evelyn Elizabeth, née Hooper. The family emigrated to New Zealand, Moore...

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Nagle, Jacob (1761–1841), sailor and diarist, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on 15 September 1761, the son of George Nagel (1735–1789), a German immigrant, and Rebecca Rogers (d. 1793). On the outbreak of the American War of Independence George Nagel assumed command of a series of ...

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Spavens, William (1735/6–1799), seaman and autobiographer, was born in Stewton, near Louth, Lincolnshire. In May 1754, at the age of eighteen, his curiosity about distant lands prompted him to apprentice himself to the master of the snow Elizabeth and Mary, trading between Hull...

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Thomson, Sir George Pirie (1887–1965), naval officer and press censor, was born on 30 January 1887 at Jubbulpore in India, the son of Robert Brown Thomson, a civil engineer in the public works department, and his wife, May Forbes, daughter of William R. Pirie...