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Kennish [Kinnish], William (bap. 1799, d. 1862), naval officer and poet, was baptized at Kirk Maughold, Isle of Man, on 24 February 1799, the son of Thomas Kennish, a small farmer, and his wife, Margaret Radcliffe. He worked as a ploughboy while learning the trade of ship's carpenter. In 1821 he entered the navy as a common seaman, where he first learned English, and rose to be a warrant officer. He was ship's carpenter on the ...