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Blackborne, Robert (c. 1620–1701), naval official, was described by a herald as belonging to an armigerous family, with a Yorkshire father and Lancashire grandfather. It has been suggested that he was an apprentice in London, possibly the namesake made free of the Merchant Taylors' Company...

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Burchett, Josiah (c. 1666–1746), secretary of the Admiralty, was possibly the third son of John Burchett (fl. 1619–1666) of Sandwich, Kent, and his second wife, Katherine (d. 1681). The coat of arms used in George Vertue's 1720 engraved portrait was granted in 1589 to a ...

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Cox, Sir John (d. 1672), naval officer and administrator, may have been the Captain John Cox of the Employment, hired by the state during the First Anglo-Dutch War in 1653. During the protectorate he gained considerable experience and an unblemished reputation as a ship's master. Upon the Restoration, and following his receipt of a certificate of loyalty, he was appointed master attendant at ...

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Creed, John (d. 1701), naval administrator, was probably born at Oundle, Northamptonshire. He took service with Edward Mountagu, and is first mentioned in public business in April 1656. In April 1659 he sailed to the Baltic with Mountagu as secretary to the fleet. Later that year he urged his master to enter politics to save '...

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William Fitzwilliam, earl of Southampton (c. 1490–1542) by Hans Holbein the younger, c. 1536–40 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Fitzwilliam, William, earl of Southampton (c. 1490–1542), courtier and naval administrator, was a younger son of Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam (d. 1498) of Aldwark in the West Riding of Yorkshire and his wife, Lucy (d. 1534), daughter and coheir of John Neville, ...

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Hewer [Ewers], William (1642–1715), naval administrator, was born in the parish of St Sepulchre, Holborn, on 17 November 1642, the eldest son of Thomas Hewer (d. 1665), stationer, and Anne Blackborne (d. after 1679), sister of Robert Blackborne, navy and admiralty...

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Hollond [Holland], John (fl. c. 1624–c. 1661), naval official, was from an obscure background, but may have originally come from London or the surrounding areas. He first entered the navy about 1624 in the humble capacity of a clerk at Chatham. In 1626 and again in 1627 he was recommended, unsuccessfully, for a purser's place and also failed to obtain the position of clerk of the check at ...

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Hutchinson, Richard (b. 1597, d. in or before 1670), colonist in America and naval administrator, was born in Alford, Lincolnshire, on 3 January 1597, the fourth child and fourth son in the family of six sons and two daughters (one of whom died young) of ...

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Middleton, Thomas (d. 1672), naval official, whose origins are unknown, served in the army, perhaps first in the king's cause against the Scots in 1640, and then for parliament in the civil war. Possibly he was the captain of this name in Ballard's...

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Pett, Peter (b. 1610, d. in or before 1672), naval administrator, was born at Woolwich on 6 August 1610, the fifth son of Phineas Pett (1570–1647) and Anne Nicholls (d. 1627). He was brought up by his father as a shipwright, while still very young was his father's assistant at ...

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Phineas Pett (1570–1647) by unknown artist, c. 1612 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pett, Phineas (1570–1647), shipbuilder and naval administrator, was born at Deptford on 1 November 1570, the eldest son of Peter Pett (d. 1589), master shipwright, of Deptford and his second wife, Elizabeth Thornton (d. 1597). He attended school at Rochester and Greenwich...

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Russell, Sir William, first baronet (c. 1575–1654), merchant and naval administrator, was, as evidence submitted by him to chancery suggests, born about 1575, the eldest of the five sons of William Russell (d. 1591) of Egham, Surrey, and Joan Saunders. A slender inheritance comprising a property in ...

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Saxton, Sir Charles, baronet (1732–1808), commissioner of the navy, was the youngest son of Edward Saxton, a London merchant. In January 1745 he became a ‘captain's servant’ in the Gloucester (Captain Charles Saunders); he remained in her for three years, and was then in the ...

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Spert, Sir Thomas (d. 1541), naval administrator, of unknown parentage, must have distinguished himself in naval service well before 1512. His marine skills are attested by payment to him from January 1512 of 8d. a day from the petty customs of London...