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J. K. Laughton

revised by N. A. M. Rodger

Beaufort, Sir Francis (1774–1857), naval officer and hydrographer, was born on 27 May 1774 at Flower Hill, Navan, co. Meath, the second son of the Revd Daniel Augustus Beaufort (1739–1821), rector of Navan, a topographer and architect of some distinction, and his wife, ...

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Beechey, Frederick William (1796–1856), naval officer and hydrographer, son of Sir William Beechey, RA (1753–1839), and his second wife, Anne Phyllis Beechey, née Jessop (1764–1833) [see under Beechey, Sir William], the miniature painter, was born on 17 February 1796. His brothers were ...

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Evans, Sir Frederick John Owen (1815–1885), naval officer and hydrographer, son of John Evans, master RN, was born on 9 March 1815. He entered the navy as a second-class volunteer in 1828. After serving in the Rose and the Winchester he was transferred in 1833 to the ...

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Andrew C. F. David

Flinders, Matthew (1774–1814), naval officer and hydrographer, the eldest son of Matthew Flinders (1750–1802) and his first wife, Susannah, née Ward (1752–1783), was born on 16 March 1774 at Donington, near Boston in Lincolnshire, where his father and grandfather had practised as surgeons....

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Huddart, Joseph (1741–1816), hydrographer and engineer, was born on 11 January 1741 at Allonby, Cumberland, the only child of William Huddart (1704–1762), farmer and shoemaker, and his wife, Rachel. Huddart attended school in Allonby under the local clergyman, a well-educated man who introduced him to astronomy. He showed particular ability in mathematics and practical mechanics, building a working model of flour milling machinery and, using ...

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Norie, John William (1772–1843), hydrographer and writer on navigation, was born at 39 Burr Street, Wapping, London, on 3 July 1772, the eldest of the eight children of James Norie (1737–1793), a Scot who had trained for the Presbyterian church and kept a school in ...

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G. S. Ritchie

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Richards, Sir George Henry (1820–1896), naval officer and hydrographer, was born in Antony, Cornwall, on 13 January 1820, the eldest of three sons and second of four children of Captain George Spencer Richards RN, and his wife, Emma Jane, daughter of Samuel Harvey...

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J. K. Laughton

revised by R. O. Morris

Smyth, William Henry (1788–1865), naval officer and surveyor, born in Westminster, London, on 21 January 1788, was the only son of Joseph Brewer Palmer Smyth and his wife, Georgina Caroline, granddaughter of the Revd Mr Pilkington. William's father claimed descent from Captain John Smith (1580?–1631)...

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Sulivan, Sir Bartholomew James (1810–1890), naval officer and hydrographer, the eldest son of Rear-Admiral Thomas Ball Sulivan (1780–1857) and his wife, Henrietta, daughter of Rear-Admiral Bartholomew James, was born at Tregew, near Falmouth, on 18 November 1810. On 4 September 1823 he entered the ...