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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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Ball, Sir Alexander John, baronet (1756–1809), naval officer and politician in Malta, was born on 22 July 1756 at Ebworth Park, Painswick, Gloucestershire, the son of Robert Ball (1714/15–1766), high sheriff of that county, and Mary, née Dickinson. He attended Market House School...

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Bligh, William (1754–1817), naval officer and colonial governor, was born in Plymouth on 9 September 1754, the only son of Francis Bligh (1721–1780) and his wife, Jane Pearse, née Balsam (d. c.1770). The Bligh family had long resided at Tinten in ...

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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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Glover, Sir John Hawley (1829–1885), naval officer and colonial administrator, was born at Yately, near Farnborough, Hampshire, on 24 February 1829, the son of the Revd Frederick Robert Augustus Glover (d. 1881) and his first wife, Mary Broughton (d. 1841), second daughter of ...

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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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Hamond, Sir Andrew Snape, first baronet (1738–1828), naval officer and administrator, was born in Blackheath, Kent, on 17 December 1738, the youngest child and only son of Robert Hamond (1704/5–1775), a shipowner of modest means, and his wife, Susannah Snape. Robert Hamond owned five ships in 1748, but then lost two, and, in his son's words, 'fell into misfortune, from which, with all his industry, he could never entirely extricate himself'. The family moved to ...

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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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Howard, Thomas, first earl of Suffolk (1561–1626), naval officer and administrator, was born on 24 August 1561, the elder son of Thomas Howard, fourth duke of Norfolk (1538–1572), and his second wife, Margaret Dudley, Lady Dudley (1540–1564), daughter and heir of Thomas Audley, ...

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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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Lyons, Edmund, first Baron Lyons (1790–1858), naval officer and diplomatist, the fourth son of John Lyons of Antigua and St Austen's, Lymington, in Hampshire, was born on 29 November 1790 at Burton, Christchurch, Hampshire. Vice Admiral John Lyons (d. 1872), for many years in the Egyptian service, was his elder brother. ...

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Middleton, Charles, first Baron Barham (1726–1813), naval officer and administrator, the twelfth child and second son of Robert Middleton, a collector of customs at Bo'ness in Linlithgowshire, and his wife, Helen, the daughter of Charles Dundas of Arniston, was born at Leith on 14 October 1726. His grandfather, ...