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Colnett, James (bap. 1753, d. 1806), naval officer and fur trader, was baptized on 18 October 1753 at Stoke Damerel parish church, Plymouth, the son of James and Sarah Colnett. He went to sea in June 1770 as an able seaman in the ...

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Hale, William (1797–1870), rocket inventor and entrepreneur, was born on 21 October 1797 in Colchester, Essex, the son of Robert Hale, baker, and his wife, Elizabeth, and may have been descended from Sir Matthew Hale, lord chief justice.

Hale's early education is unknown, but his maternal grandfather, ...

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Harris, Benjamin Randell (1781–1858), soldier and shoemaker, was born in 1781 in Portsea, Hampshire, and was baptized on 28 October 1781. He was the eldest of the two sons of Robert Harris, a shepherd, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Randell (d. 1788)...

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Robertson, Archibald (1782–1847), army officer in the East India Company and director of the East India Company, was born on 18 September 1782 at Forres, near Elgin, the son of David Robertson. He was nominated a cadet in 1800, was made ensign 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 ...

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Sedgwick, Robert (bap. 1613, d. 1656), merchant and army officer, was baptized on 6 May 1613 in Woburn, Bedfordshire, the son of William Sedgwick (d. 1632) and his wife, Elizabeth Howe, and brother of William Sedgwick (bap. 1609, d. 1663/4). He emigrated to ...