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Sir Francis Beaufort (1774–1857) by Stephen Pearce, 1855–6 © National Maritime Museum, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection

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J. K. Laughton

revised by N. A. M. Rodger

Beaufort, Sir Francis (1774–1857), naval officer and hydrographer, was born on 27 May 1774 at Flower Hill, Navan, co. Meath, the second son of the Revd Daniel Augustus Beaufort (1739–1821), rector of Navan, a topographer and architect of some distinction, and his wife, ...

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Cust, Sir Herbert Edward Purey- (1857–1938), naval officer and hydrographer, was born on 26 February 1857, the second son of Arthur Perceval Purey-Cust (1828–1916), dean of York (1880–1916), and his wife, Lady Emma Bligh, younger daughter of the fifth earl of Darnley. He entered the ...

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Field, Sir (Arthur) Mostyn (1855–1950), naval officer and hydrographer, was born at Braybrooke, near Market Harborough, on 27 June 1855, the youngest of the three children of Lieutenant (later Captain) John Bousquet Field RN, and his wife, Cecilia, daughter of Thomas Mostyn of the army medical department. He was educated at the ...

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Matthew Flinders (1774–1814) by Helena G. de Courcy Jones, 1919 (after unknown artist, 1801?) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Andrew C. F. David

Flinders, Matthew (1774–1814), naval officer and hydrographer, the eldest son of Matthew Flinders (1750–1802) and his first wife, Susannah, née Ward (1752–1783), was born on 16 March 1774 at Donington, near Boston in Lincolnshire, where his father and grandfather had practised as surgeons....

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Hurd, Thomas Hannaford (bap. 1747, d. 1823), naval officer and hydrographer, was born in Plymouth and baptized on 30 January 1747 at the town's St Andrew's Church, the son of Edward and Jane Hurd. He joined the navy on 1 September 1768 as an able seaman in the ...

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Knight, Sir John (bap. 1747, d. 1831), naval officer and surveyor, was baptized on 21 February 1747 at Dundee, the fourth of five known children of Rear-Admiral John Knight (c.1710–1788) and his wife, Jean Hay. In 1758 Knight joined the frigate ...

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Mackenzie [McKenzie], Murdoch, the younger (1743–1829), naval officer and hydrographic surveyor, was born on 28 February 1743, the son of Thomas Mackenzie (fl. 1709–1760), a landowner, of Groundwater, Orkney, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Blaw). Murdoch Mackenzie probably attended Kirkwall grammar school...

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Mason, Sir Frank Trowbridge (1900–1988), naval officer and engineer, was born in Ipswich on 25 April 1900, the elder son and elder child of Frank John Mason MBE, draper and later JP and mayor of Ipswich, and his wife, Marian Elizabeth Trowbridge. He was educated at ...

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See Moorsom, Constantine Richard

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Owen, William Fitzwilliam (1774–1857), naval officer and hydrographer, was the second illegitimate son of Captain William Owen RN, of the Glansevern Owens of Montgomeryshire and of Passamaquoddy Bay, New Brunswick. His mother, and that of his brother Sir Edward Campbell Rich Owen (1771–1849)...

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William Henry Smyth (1788–1865) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. K. Laughton

revised by R. O. Morris

Smyth, William Henry (1788–1865), naval officer and surveyor, born in Westminster, London, on 21 January 1788, was the only son of Joseph Brewer Palmer Smyth and his wife, Georgina Caroline, granddaughter of the Revd Mr Pilkington. William's father claimed descent from Captain John Smith (1580?–1631)...

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Sir William Symonds (1782–1856) by Edward Morton, pubd 1850 (after Henry Wyndham Phillips) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Symonds, Sir William (1782–1856), naval officer and naval architect, was born on 24 September 1782 at Bury St Edmunds, the second son of Captain Thomas Symonds RN (d. 1793) and his second wife. He went to sea in September 1794, aboard the ...

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Vancouver, George (1757–1798), naval officer and hydrographer, was born in Fincham Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, on 22 June 1757, the sixth and youngest child of John Jasper Vancouver (d. 1773), deputy collector of customs at King's Lynn, and his wife, Bridget Berners (1715–1768)...

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Vidal, Alexander Thomas Emeric (1792–1863), naval officer and hydrographer, was the youngest of the three sons (there was also a daughter) of Emeric Vidal, a naval officer who served as secretary to three distinguished admirals (Sir Robert Kingsmill, Sir John Ross, and ...