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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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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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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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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 ...

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Greig, Sir Samuel (1735–1788), naval officer in the Russian service, was the son of Charles Greig, shipowner and naval officer of Inverkeithing in Fife, Scotland, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Revd Samuel Charters of Inverkeithing. Greig was born in Inverkeithing on 30 November 1735, where he attended parochial school before his family moved to ...

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Hastings, Frank Abney (1794–1828), naval officer in the Greek service, was the younger son of Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Hastings, baronet, an illegitimate son of Francis Hastings, earl of Huntingdon. He entered the navy when about eleven years old, and was present at Trafalgar...

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Jones, James Felix (1813/14–1878), officer in the Indian navy and surveyor, joined the Bombay marine on 14 June 1828 when he was fourteen years old. As midshipman and lieutenant of the East India Company's ship Palinurus, under Commander Robert Moresby, engaged in the survey of the northern part of the ...

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Paddon, George (bap. 1670, d. 1719), naval officer in the British and Russian service, though frequently, and erroneously, described as a colonial American, was in fact born and baptized in the Devon parish of Seaton and Beer. There is no record of his schooling, though it is likely that he came from a seafaring family with roots in ...

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Slade, Sir Adolphus [called Mushaver Pasha] (1804–1877), naval officer in the Turkish service and author, was the fifth son of General Sir John Slade, first baronet (1762–1859), of Maunsel Grange, Somerset, and his wife, Anna Eliza, née Dawson (d. 1819)...