- N. A. M. Rodger
Boys, William (1700–1774), naval officer, was born at Deal on 25 June 1700, the eldest son of William Boys (d. 1756?), a woollen draper, and his wife, Jane Laurence (d. before 1756). His parents were devout nonconformists, and Boys was initially educated for the ministry; however, the passing of the 1714 ...