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Burton, William (c. 1608–1673), merchant and naval administrator, came from an obscure and probably humble Norfolk family. Nothing is known of his parents. He was apprenticed to a Yarmouth merchant and became a freeman of the town in 1630, a common councillor by 1641, and an alderman in 1649. ...

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Hatsell, Henry (d. 1667), naval official and politician, was probably born in Plymouth of a commercial family. He married at Barnstaple on 6 February 1637 Margaret Dawe, with whom he had at least one son, Sir Henry Hatsell (bap. 1641, d. 1714), later baron of the ...

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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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Murray, Sir Oswyn Alexander Ruthven (1873–1936), Admiralty official, was born at Mill Hill, near London, on 17 August 1873, the fourth son and the fourth of the eleven children of Sir James Augustus Henry Murray (1837–1915), then a schoolmaster and later first editor of the ...

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Smith, Thomas (d. 1658), shipowner and naval official, was from an obscure but armigerous family. He rose to prominence as secretary to Algernon Percy, tenth earl of Northumberland, lord high admiral from 1638 to 1662. An energetic official, with good contacts at court, ...