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Glas, George (1725–1765), mariner, was born probably at Dundee, one of fifteen children of John Glas (1695–1773), founder of the Glasite or Sandemanian church, and his wife, Katharine Black (d. 1749). One account suggests that he was trained as a surgeon and in that capacity made several voyages to the ...

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Hawkins, William (b. c. 1560), sea captain and merchant, was the eldest of the three children of William Hawkins (c. 1519–1589), sea captain, merchant, and shipowner, and his first (unknown) wife, and nephew of Sir John Hawkins (1532–1595). He served in Sir Francis Drake's...

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Plunkett, Thomas (b. c. 1612, d. in or before 1654), naval officer and privateer, was born in Ireland, although no evidence survives of his parents or family background. Details of his married life and early career are also sparse. His wife (possibly called ...

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Roberts, Bartholomew (c. 1682–1722), pirate, was born near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Details of his early life are obscure. He was second mate of the merchant ship Princess, which was captured and plundered by pirates at Anamaboe on the Guinea coast in 1720. Most of the crew joined the pirates including ...

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Roberts, George (fl. 1705–1726), mariner and author, was a protestant Englishman of unknown parentage who claimed to be married with five children. He was an educated, principled man with a flair for languages. All that is known of him is to be found in his retrospective voyage narrative, ...

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Rous, John (1702–1760), privateer and naval officer, was born on 21 May 1702 at Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, the son of William Rouse (Rows) and Mary, née Peachie. He was notable among Massachusetts privateers in the war of 1739–48, and for his connections to a quite remarkable cross-section of society in both ...