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Brierly, Sir Oswald Walters (1817–1894), marine painter and naval engineer, was born at Chester on 19 May 1817, the son of Dr Thomas Brierly (d. in or before 1872), a physician and amateur artist. After schooling in Chester, he became a pupil at ...

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Sir Oswald Walters Brierly (1817–1894) by unknown engraver, pubd 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Taylor, James (1753–1825), naval engineer and potter, was born on 3 May 1753 at Leadhills, Lanarkshire, the son of John Taylor, the overseer of the earl of Hopetoun's mines there. He was educated at Wallacehall School, Closeburn, Dumfriesshire, and then at Edinburgh University...

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Whidbey, Joseph (1754/5–1833), hydrographer and marine engineer, details of whose parentage and upbringing are unknown, was made a master in the Royal Navy in 1779 at the age of twenty-four. Although his name appears in Steel's navy list for that year his certification is missing from the ...

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Whytehead, William Henry Keld (1825–1865), naval architect and engineer, was born on 2 April 1825 at Stepney, London, where he was baptized on 1 July 1825, the son of Henry Whytehead (d. 1850), landing waiter (a dock official) of Scottish descent, and his wife, ...