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Blake, Robert (bap. 1598, d. 1657), naval and army officer, was baptized on 27 September 1598 at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Bridgwater, Somerset, the eldest of the eight surviving children of Humphrey Blake (d. 1625), a merchant of the town, and his wife, ...

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Garrod, Sir (John) Martin Carruthers (1935–2009), Royal Marines officer, was born in Darjeeling, India, on 29 May 1935, the son of the Revd William Francis Garrod (1893–1964), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Isobel Agnes, née Carruthers (1898–1976). He was educated at ...

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George Monck, first duke of Albemarle (1608–1670) by Sir Peter Lely and studio Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Monck [Monk], George, first duke of Albemarle (1608–1670), army officer and naval officer, the fourth child and second son of a Devon gentleman, Sir Thomas Monck, was born at the latter's manor house of Great Potheridge, north Devon, on 6 December 1608. He was baptized at the nearby parish church of ...

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Edward Montagu, first earl of Sandwich (1625–1672) by Sir Peter Lely, c. 1670 Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Montagu [Mountagu], Edward, first earl of Sandwich (1625–1672), army and naval officer and diplomat, was born at Barnwell, Northamptonshire, on 27 July 1625, the second but eldest surviving son of Sir Sydney Montagu (c.1571–1644) of Hinchingbrooke, Huntingdonshire, MP for Huntingdonshire, master of requests, and groom of the bedchamber to ...

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Popham, Edward (c. 1610–1651), naval and army officer, was the fifth son of Sir Francis Popham (1572/3–1644) of Littlecote in Wiltshire and Wellington in Somerset, and his wife, Anne Dudley (b. 1575). He was not sent to university but was admitted as a student to the ...

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Edward Popham (c. 1610–1651) by unknown artist [with his wife, Ann Carr, and their children, Letitia and Alexander] photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London