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Sir John Francis Edward Acton, sixth baronet (1736–1811) by Peter Eduard Ströhling, c. 1793 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Acton, Sir John Francis Edward, sixth baronet (1736–1811), naval officer and administrator in the Neapolitan service, descended from the Actons of Aldenham Hall, Shropshire, was born in Besançon, Franche Comté, France, in 1736 (baptized 3 June). His father, Dr Edward Acton (1709–1775), had settled there and married a local girl, ...

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Barry, John (1745?–1803), naval officer in the American service, was born at Tacumshane, co. Wexford. Few details of his parents are known, other than that his mother's maiden name was Kelly; his father may have been a farmer. In 1755 Barry was apprenticed to a ...

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Blakely, Johnston (1781–1814), naval officer in the United States service, was born in Dublin in October 1781. When he was an infant, his parents emigrated to North Carolina. In 1800 he entered the United States Navy and, when the Anglo-American War broke out in 1812, had attained the rank of master commandant. Commanding the ...

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Camocke, George (c. 1666–1732), Jacobite naval officer and officer in the Spanish service, was the son of one of the Camocks of Ballymoney, co. Antrim (formerly of Layer Marney, Essex), and Mary Arney (1643–1699) of Ixworth, Suffolk. He entered the navy about 1682 and was promoted lieutenant in 1690 '...

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Campbell, Peter [Pedro] (1782–1832), soldier and first organizer of the Uruguayan naval force, was born in Ireland, probably in co. Tipperary, in 1782. No record survives of his formative years, and little is known of this period except that he was born in a Roman Catholic family and that in his youth he was apprenticed to a tanner. He enlisted as a sergeant in the first battalion of the ...

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Cunningham, John (c. 1575–1651), naval officer in the Danish service, was born at Barns, near Crail, Fife, the second son of Alexander Cunningham, laird of West Barns and Gallowside, and his wife, Christiane Wood. Cunningham's early years remain obscure. Before reaching Denmark he is supposed to have travelled throughout ...

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Deane, John (bap. 1685, d. 1761), naval officer in the Russian service and spy, was baptized at St Wilfrid's Church, Wilford, Nottinghamshire, on 21 March 1685, the third of four sons of Jasper Deane, a prosperous farmer, and his first wife (of four), ...

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Elphinston, John (1722–1785), naval officer in the Russian service, was the son of Captain John Elphinston RN and Anne Williams. He may have been born at Lopness in the Orkney Islands, from where his family, with its history of seafaring, was descended. Elphinston...

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Greig, Alexis Samuilovich (1775–1845), naval officer in the Russian service, son of Sir Samuel Greig (1735–1788), was born at Kronstadt on 18 September 1775. As a reward for his father's services, he was enrolled at his birth as a midshipman in the Russian navy. He first distinguished himself in 1807, during the Russo-Turkish War of 1806–12, when a rear-admiral. After the defeat of the Turks off ...

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Greig, Sir Samuel (1735–1788), naval officer in the Russian service, was the son of Charles Greig, shipowner and naval officer of Inverkeithing in Fife, Scotland, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Revd Samuel Charters of Inverkeithing. Greig was born in Inverkeithing on 30 November 1735, where he attended parochial school before his family moved to ...

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Grenfell, John Pascoe (1800–1869), naval officer in the Brazilian service, born at Battersea on 20 September 1800, was a son of John G. Grenfell of the City of London, and nephew of Pascoe Grenfell. In 1811, when eleven years old, he entered the service of the ...

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Hastings, Frank Abney (1794–1828), naval officer in the Greek service, was the younger son of Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Hastings, baronet, an illegitimate son of Francis Hastings, earl of Huntingdon. He entered the navy when about eleven years old, and was present at Trafalgar...

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Jones, James Felix (1813/14–1878), officer in the Indian navy and surveyor, joined the Bombay marine on 14 June 1828 when he was fourteen years old. As midshipman and lieutenant of the East India Company's ship Palinurus, under Commander Robert Moresby, engaged in the survey of the northern part of the ...

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Jones, John Paul (1747–1792), naval officer in the American and Russian services, was born John Paul on 6 July 1747 in a cottage at Arbigland, William Craik's estate, near Kirkcudbright, the fourth of six children of John Paul (d. 1767), a gardener, and his wife, ...

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John Paul Jones (1747–1792) by Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1781 courtesy of U.S. Naval Academy Museum

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Morland, Sir Henry (1837–1891), naval officer and official in the Indian service, born on 9 April 1837, was the third son of John Morland, barrister, descendant of the Morlands of Capplethwaite and Killington Halls, Westmorland, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of James Thompson...

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Paddon, George (bap. 1670, d. 1719), naval officer in the British and Russian service, though frequently, and erroneously, described as a colonial American, was in fact born and baptized in the Devon parish of Seaton and Beer. There is no record of his schooling, though it is likely that he came from a seafaring family with roots in ...

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Slade, Sir Adolphus [called Mushaver Pasha] (1804–1877), naval officer in the Turkish service and author, was the fifth son of General Sir John Slade, first baronet (1762–1859), of Maunsel Grange, Somerset, and his wife, Anna Eliza, née Dawson (d. 1819)...

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Stewart, Simon (d. 1646), naval officer in the Swedish service, was born in Scotland, probably in the 1580s, the son of Robert Stewart of Touccars, Ayrshire, and his wife, Agnes Hiegait, the daughter of William Hiegait and his wife, Joneta Graham. In 1610 ...