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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 ...