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Sir Robert Dudley (1574–1649) by Nicholas Hilliard, c. 1591–3 National Museum of Fine Arts, Sweden

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Dudley, Sir Robert (1574–1649), mariner and landowner, was born at Sheen House, Richmond, Surrey, on 7 August 1574, the son of Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester (1532/3–1588), and Douglas Sheffield (née Howard), Lady Sheffield (1542/3–1608). The status of his birth, which was to become the leading obsession of his life, is still debated, as are the circumstances of his early life, due in part to his own deliberate exaggerations and falsifications. Despite his mother's later claim that she refused to surrender him to ...

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Scoresby, William, senior (1760–1829), Arctic whaler and navigator, was born on 3 May 1760 at Nutholme Farm, Cropton, Yorkshire, the second child and elder son of eight children of William Scoresby (1732–1816), a small farmer of Cropton, near Pickering, some 20 miles from ...