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Ashmore, Sir Peter William Beckwith (1921–2002), naval officer and courtier, was born on 4 February 1921 at 5 Coombe Villas, Saltash, Cornwall, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Lieutenant (later Vice-Admiral) Leslie Haliburton Ashmore (1893–1974), naval officer, and his wife, Tamara, ...

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Sir Peter William Beckwith Ashmore (1921–2002) by Godfrey Argent, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clifford, Sir Augustus William James, first baronet (1788–1877), naval officer and court official, was born abroad on 26 May 1788, the illegitimate son of William Cavendish, fifth duke of Devonshire (1748–1811), and Lady Elizabeth Foster (1757–1824) [see Cavendish], daughter of the ...

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Clifford, George, third earl of Cumberland (1558–1605), courtier and privateer, was born on 8 August 1558 in Brougham Castle, Westmorland, the eldest son of Henry Clifford, second earl of Cumberland (1517–1570), and his second wife, Anne (c.1538–1581), daughter of William, third Baron Dacre...

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George Clifford, third earl of Cumberland (1558–1605) by Nicholas Hilliard, c. 1590 © National Maritime Museum, London

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Feilding, William, first earl of Denbigh (c. 1587–1643), naval officer and courtier, was the eldest of the three sons of Basil Feilding (c.1567–1633) of Newnham Paddox in Warwickshire and Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Walter Aston of Tixall in Staffordshire. His date of birth is uncertain, but he is likely to have been at least sixteen years old when he entered ...

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Hotham, Sir William (1772–1848), naval officer and courtier, was born on 12 February 1772, the second son of General George Hotham and his wife, Diana, youngest daughter of Sir Warton Pennyman, bt. He was a nephew of William Hotham, first Baron Hotham, and was educated at ...

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Payne, John Willett (1752–1803), naval officer and royal official, was born on 23 April 1752 at St Kitts in the Leeward Islands, the second son of Ralph Payne (d. 1760), chief justice of the island, and his second wife, Margaret, née Gallwey...

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Stewart, Sir Francis (1588/9–1634/5), courtier and naval officer, was the younger son of James Stewart, second earl of Moray (1565/6–1592), and his wife, Elizabeth Stewart, suo jure countess of Moray (1565–1591). Through his maternal grandfather, the regent James Stewart, first earl of Moray...