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Blake, Robert (bap. 1598, d. 1657), naval and army officer, was baptized on 27 September 1598 at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Bridgwater, Somerset, the eldest of the eight surviving children of Humphrey Blake (d. 1625), a merchant of the town, and his wife, ...

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Campbell, Peter [Pedro] (1782–1832), soldier and first organizer of the Uruguayan naval force, was born in Ireland, probably in co. Tipperary, in 1782. No record survives of his formative years, and little is known of this period except that he was born in a Roman Catholic family and that in his youth he was apprenticed to a tanner. He enlisted as a sergeant in the first battalion of the ...

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Carew, Sir George (c. 1504–1545), soldier and naval commander, was the eldest son of Sir William Carew (c.1483–1536), landowner, of Mohun's Ottery, Devon, and his wife, Joan (d. 1554), daughter of Sir William Courtenay of Powderham, Devon, and his second wife, ...

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Carew, Sir Thomas (1368?–1431), soldier and naval commander, was the son of Sir Leonard Carew (1342–1369), and grandson of Sir John Carew, justiciar of Ireland (d. 1362). His mother was probably Alice, daughter of Sir Edmund Fitzalan. Leonard had come of age only in 1364, and at his death, five years later, his son was still an infant in the king's ward, under the guardianship of a succession of male relatives. ...

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Carleill, Christopher (1551?–1593), soldier and naval commander, was the second son, but heir, of Alexander Carleill (d. 1561), merchant, of London, and his wife, Anne (d. 1565), daughter of Sir George Barne, lord mayor of London, and his wife, Alice...

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Champernowne, Sir Arthur (b. in or before 1524, d. 1578), soldier and naval commander, was the second son of Sir Philip Champernowne (d. 1545), landowner of Modbury, Devon, and his wife, Katherine, daughter of Sir Edmund Carew of Mohun's Ottery, Devon, and his wife, ...

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Richard Deane (bap. 1610, d. 1653) by Robert Walker, 1653 © National Maritime Museum, London

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Deane, Richard (bap. 1610, d. 1653), army and naval officer and regicide, was baptized on 8 July 1610 in the parish church of Guiting Power, a younger son of Edward Deane (d. before 1653) of Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire, and his second wife, ...

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Keigwin, Richard (d. 1690), naval and army officer in the East India Company, was the third son of Richard Keigwin (1605–1647) of Penzance and Margaret, daughter of Nicholas Godolphin of Trewarveneth. In 1665 he was appointed lieutenant of the Santa Maria, one of the ...

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Maurice, prince palatine of the Rhine (1621–1652) by William Dobson, 1645? © reserved

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Maurice, prince palatine of the Rhine (1621–1652), royalist army officer and naval officer, was the fourth son of Frederick V (1596–1632), elector palatine of the Rhine, and his wife, Elizabeth (1596–1662), daughter of James VI and I of Great Britain and sister of ...

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George Monck, first duke of Albemarle (1608–1670) by Sir Peter Lely and studio Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Monck [Monk], George, first duke of Albemarle (1608–1670), army officer and naval officer, the fourth child and second son of a Devon gentleman, Sir Thomas Monck, was born at the latter's manor house of Great Potheridge, north Devon, on 6 December 1608. He was baptized at the nearby parish church of ...

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Edward Montagu, first earl of Sandwich (1625–1672) by Sir Peter Lely, c. 1670 Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Montagu [Mountagu], Edward, first earl of Sandwich (1625–1672), army and naval officer and diplomat, was born at Barnwell, Northamptonshire, on 27 July 1625, the second but eldest surviving son of Sir Sydney Montagu (c.1571–1644) of Hinchingbrooke, Huntingdonshire, MP for Huntingdonshire, master of requests, and groom of the bedchamber to ...

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Edward Popham (c. 1610–1651) by unknown artist [with his wife, Ann Carr, and their children, Letitia and Alexander] photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Popham, Edward (c. 1610–1651), naval and army officer, was the fifth son of Sir Francis Popham (1572/3–1644) of Littlecote in Wiltshire and Wellington in Somerset, and his wife, Anne Dudley (b. 1575). He was not sent to university but was admitted as a student to the ...

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Pyne, Valentine (1603–1677), naval officer and soldier, the second son of George Pyne, an ordnance officer of Curry Mallet, Somerset, was the first cousin of John Pyne, the revolutionary MP who was to be notably absent from Valentine's will. A lesser landed family claiming ancient lineage, the ...

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Rupert, prince and count palatine of the Rhine and duke of Cumberland (1619–1682) by Sir Peter Lely, c. 1665–6 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Rupert, prince and count palatine of the Rhine and duke of Cumberland (1619–1682), royalist army and naval officer, was born on 18 December 1619 ns, the son of Frederick V (1596–1632), elector palatine of the Rhine, and his wife, Elizabeth (1596–1662), the daughter of ...