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Elliot, Sir Charles (1801–1875), naval officer and colonial official, son of Hugh Elliot (1752–1830) and his second wife, Margaret Jones (1770–1819), and nephew of Gilbert Elliot, first earl of Minto, was born in 1801 at Dresden, where his father was British minister. Sir Thomas Frederick Elliot...

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Sir John Hawley Glover (1829–1885) by Maull & Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Glover, Sir John Hawley (1829–1885), naval officer and colonial administrator, was born at Yately, near Farnborough, Hampshire, on 24 February 1829, the son of the Revd Frederick Robert Augustus Glover (d. 1881) and his first wife, Mary Broughton (d. 1841), second daughter of ...

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Patey, Charles George Edward (1813–1881), naval officer and colonial official, was the son of Commander Charles Patey, one of five brothers who served in the navy during the Napoleonic wars, and whose sons and grandsons followed in their footsteps. He entered the navy...

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Rodney, John (1765–1847), naval officer and administrator in Ceylon, was born on 27 February 1765, the elder son of Admiral George Bridges Rodney, first Baron Rodney (bap. 1718, d. 1792), and his second wife, Henrietta (1739–1829), daughter of John Clies of Lisbon. His early career broke the accepted naval conventions. In 1778, at the age of thirteen, he entered the ...

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Shortland, Willoughby (1804–1869), naval officer and colonial administrator, born at Plymouth, Devon, on 30 September 1804, was the son of Captain Thomas George Shortland, of Courtlands, near Lympstone, Devon, and his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter Tonkin of Plymouth. His younger brothers were ...