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Burton, William (c. 1608–1673), merchant and naval administrator, came from an obscure and probably humble Norfolk family. Nothing is known of his parents. He was apprenticed to a Yarmouth merchant and became a freeman of the town in 1630, a common councillor by 1641, and an alderman in 1649. ...

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Irving, James (1759–1791), naval surgeon and slave trader, was born at Langholm, Dumfriesshire, on 15 December 1759, the third and only surviving child of John Irving (1731?–1807), blacksmith and innkeeper, and his wife, Isobel, née Little (1725?–1791). As a surgeon and captain in the ...

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Russell, Sir William, first baronet (c. 1575–1654), merchant and naval administrator, was, as evidence submitted by him to chancery suggests, born about 1575, the eldest of the five sons of William Russell (d. 1591) of Egham, Surrey, and Joan Saunders. A slender inheritance comprising a property in ...