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Blake, Robert (bap. 1598, d. 1657), naval and army officer, was baptized on 27 September 1598 at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Bridgwater, Somerset, the eldest of the eight surviving children of Humphrey Blake (d. 1625), a merchant of the town, and his wife, ...

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Carew, Sir George (c. 1504–1545), soldier and naval commander, was the eldest son of Sir William Carew (c.1483–1536), landowner, of Mohun's Ottery, Devon, and his wife, Joan (d. 1554), daughter of Sir William Courtenay of Powderham, Devon, and his second wife, ...

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Keigwin, Richard (d. 1690), naval and army officer in the East India Company, was the third son of Richard Keigwin (1605–1647) of Penzance and Margaret, daughter of Nicholas Godolphin of Trewarveneth. In 1665 he was appointed lieutenant of the Santa Maria, one of the ...

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Maurice, prince palatine of the Rhine (1621–1652) by William Dobson, 1645? © reserved

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Maurice, prince palatine of the Rhine (1621–1652), royalist army officer and naval officer, was the fourth son of Frederick V (1596–1632), elector palatine of the Rhine, and his wife, Elizabeth (1596–1662), daughter of James VI and I of Great Britain and sister of ...

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Edward Popham (c. 1610–1651) by unknown artist [with his wife, Ann Carr, and their children, Letitia and Alexander] photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Popham, Edward (c. 1610–1651), naval and army officer, was the fifth son of Sir Francis Popham (1572/3–1644) of Littlecote in Wiltshire and Wellington in Somerset, and his wife, Anne Dudley (b. 1575). He was not sent to university but was admitted as a student to the ...