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Kennish [Kinnish], William (bap. 1799, d. 1862), naval officer and poet, was baptized at Kirk Maughold, Isle of Man, on 24 February 1799, the son of Thomas Kennish, a small farmer, and his wife, Margaret Radcliffe. He worked as a ploughboy while learning the trade of ship's carpenter. In 1821 he entered the navy as a common seaman, where he first learned English, and rose to be a warrant officer. He was ship's carpenter on the ...


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Frederick Marryat (1792–1848) by John Simpson, in or before 1826 © National Portrait Gallery, London


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Marryat, Frederick (1792–1848), naval officer and novelist, was born at Catherine Court, Tower Hill, London, on 10 July 1792. Of Huguenot descent, he was the second son of Joseph Marryat of Wimbledon, who was MP for Horsham and later for Sandwich, chairman of ...


Moore, John Evelyn (1921–2010), naval officer and editor, was born on 1 November 1921 at Sant'Ilario, near Genoa, Italy, the son of William John Moore, import and export businessman, and his wife, Evelyn Elizabeth, née Hooper. The family emigrated to New Zealand, Moore...


Thomson, Sir George Pirie (1887–1965), naval officer and press censor, was born on 30 January 1887 at Jubbulpore in India, the son of Robert Brown Thomson, a civil engineer in the public works department, and his wife, May Forbes, daughter of William R. Pirie...