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Aman, Dudley Leigh, first Baron Marley (1884–1952), marine officer and politician  

Donald F. Bittner

Aman, Dudley Leigh, first Baron Marley (1884–1952), marine officer and politician, was born on 16 May 1884 at Helsby, Cheshire, the son of Edward Godfrey Aman (1853–1939), the manager of a salt works, and his wife, Annie Florence Pitcairn (d. 1939), daughter of ...

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Anson, George, Baron Anson (1697–1762), naval officer and politician  

N. A. M. Rodger

Anson, George, Baron Anson (1697–1762), naval officer and politician, was born on 23 April 1697 at Colwich, Staffordshire, the second son of William Anson (d. 1720) and his wife, Isabella, daughter and coheir of Charles Carrier of Wirksworth, Derbyshire. As the younger son of a minor country gentleman, ...

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Anson, George, Baron Anson (1697–1762)  

Maker: Sir Joshua Reynolds

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George Anson, Baron Anson (1697–1762) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1753–5 Shugborough, The Anson Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Arbuthnot, Marriot (1711–1794), naval officer and colonial governor  

Julian Gwyn

Arbuthnot, Marriot (1711–1794), naval officer and colonial governor, was born in Weymouth, the son of John Arbuthnott. He entered the navy about 1727, and passed his lieutenant's examination in August 1739 when he was described as upwards of twenty-seven (TNA: PRO, ADM 107/3, p. 334...

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Aylmer, Matthew, first Baron Aylmer of Balrath (d. 1720), naval officer and politician  

J. D. Davies

Aylmer, Matthew, first Baron Aylmer of Balrath (d. 1720), naval officer and politician, was the second son of Sir Christopher Aylmer (c.1615–1671), first baronet, of Balrath, co. Meath, and his wife, Margaret, née Plunkett (d. 1671). In 1672 he entered the regiment of the ...

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Baker, John (1660–1716), naval officer and politician  

J. D. Davies

Baker, John (1660–1716), naval officer and politician, was a son of James Baker (d. before 1666), a mariner of Deal, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. after 1715). He was appointed second lieutenant of the Woolwich on 14 November 1688, became captain of the ...

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Ball, Sir Alexander John, baronet (1756–1809), naval officer and politician in Malta  

Henry Frendo

Ball, Sir Alexander John, baronet (1756–1809), naval officer and politician in Malta, was born on 22 July 1756 at Ebworth Park, Painswick, Gloucestershire, the son of Robert Ball (1714/15–1766), high sheriff of that county, and Mary, née Dickinson. He attended Market House School...

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Ball, Sir Alexander John, baronet (1756–1809)  

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Sir Alexander John Ball, baronet (1756–1809) by unknown engraver, pubd 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beauclerk, Vere, Baron Vere of Hanworth (1699–1781), naval officer and politician  

W. A. B. Douglas

Beauclerk, Vere, Baron Vere of Hanworth (1699–1781), naval officer and politician, was born on 14 July 1699, the third son of Charles Beauclerk, first duke of St Albans (1670–1726), the illegitimate son of Charles II and Nell Gwyn. His mother was Lady Diana de Vere (...

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Beresford, Sir John Poo, first baronet (1766–1844), naval officer and politician  

J. K. Laughton

revised by Andrew Lambert

Beresford, Sir John Poo, first baronet (1766–1844), naval officer and politician, was an illegitimate son of George de la Poer Beresford, earl of Tyrone and afterwards first marquess of Waterford, and brother of William Carr Beresford, Viscount Beresford. He was educated at Catterick Bridge, Yorkshire...

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Berkeley, Sir George Cranfield (1753–1818), naval officer and politician  

Brian Mark De Toy

Berkeley, Sir George Cranfield (1753–1818), naval officer and politician, was born on 10 August 1753, the second son and last of the four surviving children of the eight born to Augustus, fourth earl of Berkeley (1716–1755), army officer, and Elizabeth (1719/20–1792), daughter of ...

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Berkeley, Maurice Frederick Fitzhardinge, first Baron Fitzhardinge of Bristol (1788–1867), naval officer and politician  

Andrew Lambert

Berkeley, Maurice Frederick Fitzhardinge, first Baron Fitzhardinge of Bristol (1788–1867), naval officer and politician, was born on 3 January 1788, the second illegitimate son of Frederick Augustus, fifth earl of Berkeley (1745–1810), and Mary (1766/7–1844), daughter of William Cole, publican and butcher, of ...

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Bligh, William (1754–1817)  

Maker: John Russell

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William Bligh (1754–1817) by John Russell, 1791 Collection Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby; © reserved in the photograph

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Bligh, William (1754–1817), naval officer and colonial governor  

Alan Frost

Bligh, William (1754–1817), naval officer and colonial governor, was born in Plymouth on 9 September 1754, the only son of Francis Bligh (1721–1780) and his wife, Jane Pearse, née Balsam (d. c.1770). The Bligh family had long resided at Tinten in ...

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Boscawen, Edward (1711–1761)  

Maker: Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Edward Boscawen (1711–1761) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1755–6 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boscawen, Edward (1711–1761), naval officer and politician  

Clive Wilkinson

Boscawen, Edward (1711–1761), naval officer and politician, was born on 19 August 1711, the third of five sons of Hugh Boscawen, first Viscount Falmouth (c. 1680–1734), politician and courtier, and Charlotte (d. 1754), eldest daughter of Charles Godfrey and his wife, Arabella...

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Bowyer, Sir George, first baronet (1740–1800), naval officer and politician  

C. H. H. Owen

Bowyer, Sir George, first baronet (1740–1800), naval officer and politician, was baptized on 3 May 1740, at Denham, Buckinghamshire, the third son of Sir William Bowyer, third baronet (1710–1767), of Denham, and Anne (d. 1785), daughter of Sir John Stonhouse, baronet, of ...

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Brigstocke, Sir John Richard (1945–2020), naval officer, ombudsman, and public servant  

Peter Hore

Brigstocke, Sir John Richard (1945–2020), naval officer, ombudsman, and public servant, was born on 30 July 1945 at Newcastle vicarage, Grainger Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of the Revd George Edward Brigstocke (1891–1971), provost of St Nicholas’s Cathedral, and his wife, ...

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Butler, Thomas, sixth earl of Ossory (1634–1680), politician and naval officer  

J. D. Davies

Butler, Thomas, sixth earl of Ossory (1634–1680), politician and naval officer, was born at Kilkenny Castle on 8 July 1634, the eldest son of James Butler, twelfth earl of Ormond and fifth earl of Ossory, later first duke of Ormond (1610–1688), and his wife, ...

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Butler, Thomas, sixth earl of Ossory (1634–1680)  

Maker: Sir Peter Lely

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Thomas Butler, sixth earl of Ossory (1634–1680) studio of Sir Peter Lely, c. 1678 © National Portrait Gallery, London