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Burn, Andrew (1742–1814), marine officer and religious writer, was born in Dundee on 8 September 1742, the son of George John Burn and Christian Donie. When business failure induced his father to become a naval purser the sixteen-year-old Andrew accompanied him as an assistant clerk on active service in the ...


Gambier, James, Baron Gambier (1756–1833), naval officer and evangelical activist, was born at New Providence in the Bahamas on 13 October 1756, the second son of the lieutenant-governor John Gambier and Deborah, née Stiles. He was brought up in England by his aunt ...


Allen Francis Gardiner (1794–1851) by unknown engraver, pubd 1857 © National Portrait Gallery, London


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Gardiner, Allen Francis (1794–1851), naval officer and missionary, was the fifth son of Samuel Gardiner of Coombe Lodge, Oxfordshire, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Charles Boddam of Capel House, Bull's Cross, Enfield, Middlesex. He was born on 28 January 1794 in the parsonage house at ...


Lurting, Thomas (1628x32–1713), sailor and religious writer, was pressed into the navy in 1646 at the age of about fourteen according to his later account. After fighting in Ireland for two years he served in the Dutch and Spanish wars. In time he rose in his profession until he became boatswain's mate in the frigate ...