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W. R. Morfill

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Gordon, Patrick (1635–1699), army officer and diarist, was born on 31 March 1635 at Easter Auchleuchries in Aberdeenshire, where his father, John Gordon (d. c.1684), was a minor laird. His mother's name was Mary Ogilvie (d. c.1684). He wrote his diary in six thick quarto volumes, preserved in ...


Lamb, Roger (1756–1830), soldier and writer, was born on 17 January 1756 in Dublin. Little is known of his family or early life, except that he somehow received an excellent education in English composition. At the age of seventeen he entered the army, joining the ...


Nagle, Jacob (1761–1841), sailor and diarist, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on 15 September 1761, the son of George Nagel (1735–1789), a German immigrant, and Rebecca Rogers (d. 1793). On the outbreak of the American War of Independence George Nagel assumed command of a series of ...


Pepys, Samuel (1633–1703), naval official and diarist, was born at the family home, Salisbury Court, Fleet Street, London, on 23 February 1633, the second son of John Pepys (1601–1680), tailor, and his wife, Margaret, née Kite (d. 1667), daughter of a Whitechapel...


Samuel Pepys (1633–1703) by John Hayls, 1666 © National Portrait Gallery, London