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Anson, George, Baron Anson (1697–1762), naval officer and politician, was born on 23 April 1697 at Colwich, Staffordshire, the second son of William Anson (d. 1720) and his wife, Isabella, daughter and coheir of Charles Carrier of Wirksworth, Derbyshire. As the younger son of a minor country gentleman, ...

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Boscawen, Edward (1711–1761), naval officer and politician, was born on 19 August 1711, the third of five sons of Hugh Boscawen, first Viscount Falmouth (c. 1680–1734), politician and courtier, and Charlotte (d. 1754), eldest daughter of Charles Godfrey and his wife, Arabella...

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Butler, Thomas, sixth earl of Ossory (1634–1680), politician and naval officer, was born at Kilkenny Castle on 8 July 1634, the eldest son of James Butler, twelfth earl of Ormond and fifth earl of Ossory, later first duke of Ormond (1610–1688), and his wife, ...

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Cochrane, Sir Alexander Inglis (1758–1832), naval officer and politician, was born Alexander Forrester Cochrane on 22 April 1758, the ninth of eleven children (all sons) of Thomas Cochrane, eighth earl of Dundonald (bap. 1691, d. 1778), and his second wife, Jean (1722/3–1808)...

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Cornewall, James (bap. 1698, d. 1744), naval officer and politician, was baptized on 17 November 1698 at Moccas, Herefordshire, the fourth son of Colonel Henry Cornewall (d. 1717) of Bradwardine, near Hereford, and the second son with his second wife, Susanna, daughter and coheir of ...

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Dundas, Sir James Whitley Deans (1785–1862), naval officer and politician, son of Dr James Deans of Calcutta, was born on 4 December 1785. He entered the navy on 19 March 1799, and, after serving in the Mediterranean, on the west coast of France...

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Elphinstone, George Keith, Viscount Keith (1746–1823), naval officer and politician, was born on 7 January 1746 at Elphinstone Tower, Airth, near Stirling, the fourth son and seventh child of the eight children of Charles Elphinstone, tenth Lord Elphinstone (1711–1781), and Lady Clementina Fleming (1719–1799)...

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Giles, Sir Morgan Charles Morgan- (1914–2013), naval officer and politician, was born Morgan Charles Giles at his maternal grandmother's house, Bay Cottage, St Nicholas, Shaldon, near Teignmouth, Devon, on 19 June 1914, the son of Francis Charles Morgan Giles (1882–1964), a prominent naval architect and yacht designer, and his wife, ...

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Griffin, Thomas (1692/3–1771), naval officer and politician, whose parents are unknown, was said to have belonged to a younger branch of the family of Lord Griffin of Braybrooke. The list of MPs for 1754 referred to his being 'of Dixton Hadnock in Monmouthshire...

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Hardy, Sir Charles, the younger (bap. 1717, d. 1780), naval officer and politician, was baptized on 7 March 1717 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, the second son of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Hardy (c. 1680–1744) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Burchett (d. in or before 1744)...

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Herbert, Arthur, earl of Torrington (1648–1716), naval officer and politician, was born between July and October 1648, the third son of Sir Edward Herbert (c. 1591–1657), attorney-general to Charles I, and Margaret Carey, the widow of Thomas Carey (d. 9 April 1634)...

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Hervey, Augustus John, third earl of Bristol (1724–1779), naval officer and politician, was born on 19 May 1724, the second son of John Hervey, Baron Hervey of Ickworth (1696–1743), courtier and politician, and his wife, Mary Hervey, née Lepell (1699/1700–1768), and grandson of ...

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Hood, Alexander, Viscount Bridport (1726–1814), naval officer and politician, was born on 2 December 1726, second son of Samuel Hood (d. 1777), vicar of Butleigh, Somerset, and Mary, daughter of Richard Hoskins of Beaminster, Dorset. He was the younger brother of Samuel Hood (later ...

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Keppel, Augustus, Viscount Keppel (1725–1786), naval officer and politician, second son of William Anne Keppel, second earl of Albemarle (1702–1754), and his wife, Anne (1703–1789), second daughter of Charles Lennox, first duke of Richmond, was born on 25 April 1725. His family were prominent whigs, and this background would prove highly significant for ...

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Napier, Sir Charles (1786–1860), naval officer and politician, was born at Merchistoun Hall, Stirlingshire, on 6 March 1786, the second son of Captain the Hon. Charles Napier (1731–1807) of Merchistoun Hall and his second wife, Christian (d. 1814), daughter of Gabriel Hamilton...

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Palliser, Sir Hugh, first baronet (1723–1796), naval officer and politician, was born on 26 February 1723 at Kirk Deighton in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He was the son of Captain Hugh Palliser, army officer, of North Deighton and Mary, daughter of Humphrey Robinson...

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Rodney, George Bridges, first Baron Rodney (bap. 1718, d. 1792), naval officer and politician, was baptized on 13 February 1718 in the church of St Giles-in-the-Fields, Middlesex. He was the fourth of five children of Harry Rodney (d. 1737), army officer, and ...