Biographies

BOYS, HENRY 1820 - 1904
England

naval officer, was born on 30 September 1820 at Upper Deal, Kent, the second son of Captain Edward Boys, RN, and Elizabeth Boys, née Sayer. He joined the Edinburgh as a midshipman in 1837, and...

BOYSON, VIOLET FENTON 1875 - 1946
England

historian, was born in Bexley, Kent, the eldest of four children of James Lepard Boyson, a shipbroker, and his wife Alice Constance, née Duke. When she was two the family moved to Bordeaux in...

BRADLEY, Sir KENNETH GRANVILLE 1904 - 1977
England

colonial secretary, was born on 5 January 1904, the son of Major Hugh Bradley and Nora Bradley, née Foster. His father died when he was three and he was educated at Wellington and University...

BRANDON, LOWTHER EDWARD 1846 - 1933
Ireland

was born in Carlow, Ireland, on 25 January 1846, the fourth of seven sons of the Rev William and Jane Brandon. They also had five daughters. Six of the seven brothers became ordained Anglican...

BRIDGES, THOMAS 1843 - 1898
England

missionary, was a foundling adopted by the Rev and Mrs G Pakenham DESPARD, and taken out to live on Keppel Island in 1856 when he was 13. At the beginning of his life there his status was...

BRISBANE, MATTHEW 1797 - 1833
Scotland

mariner and sealer, has a birth recorded in Perth, Tayside in 1797. Nothing is known of his early life or schooling, but his brother was master of a brig trading between Liverpool and Quebec. It...

BROOKE, THOMAS WARWICK fl 1855
Unknown (also England)

magistrate. No information is available on Brooke's ancestry or place or date of birth, though his middle name suggests some link to the earls of Warwick, whose family name is Brooke. His position...

BROOKS, EDWARD PAKENHAM 1849 - 1896
England

colonial secretary, was born in Bath on 18 July 1849 and entered the Royal Navy as naval cadet in 1862. He passed for lieutenant on 27 June 1870. On 20 September he 'ran' from the navy - ie went...

BROWN, GEORGE ALFRED 1914 - 1980
England

foreign secretary and baron, was born on 2 September 1914, son of George Brown, grocer's packer, and Rosina, née Mason. He was educated at local schools and ended his schooling at age 15. He took a...

BRUCE, WILLIAM SPEIRS 1867 - 1921
England (also Scotland)

explorer, was born in London on 1 August 1867 the son of Samuel Noble Bruce and his wife Mary (Sara), née Lloyd. His father was at that time working in London as a physician, as William's...

BRYCE, JAMES 1838 - 1922
Ireland

ambassador and viscount, was born in Belfast on 10 May 1838, the son of James Bryce and Margaret Bryce, née Young. During a distinguished academic career, Bryce undertook several long journeys in...

Buena

see PIEDRA BUENA, Luis

BULL, CHARLES 1828 - 1884
England

colonial chaplain, was born on 9 June 1828 in Hampstead, London. He was educated at a private school to a sufficiently high standard to become tutor in a Church school at Bury St Edmunds. With...

BURLEY, MALCOLM KEITH 1927 - 2010
Scotland

naval officer and expedition leader, was born in Dyserth, Flintshire on 28 September 1927, the second son of Leonard Burley and his wife Edith, née Baker. He was educated at Solihull School and...

BURN-MURDOCH, WILLIAM GORDON 1862 - 1939
Scotland

artist, was born in Edinburgh in 1862, the son of William Burn-Murdoch and his wife Jessie, née Mack. He was educated at Oliphants Collegiate School and the University of Edinburgh, going on to...

BUSTAMANTE y GUERRA, JOSÉ 1759 - 1825
Spain

Spanish naval officer, was born at Ontaneda, Santander, on 1 April 1759, the son of Joaquín Antonio de Bustamante and Clara Ignacia Guerra de la Vega. He enrolled in the Spanish navy as a ...

Butler, Kenelm Somerset Pierce

see PIERCE-BUTLER

BUTTON, JEMMY - ORUNDELLICO 1818 - 1864
Tierra del Fuego

Yahgan Indian, was born about 1818 and bought for a pearl button by Captain Robert FITZROY in 1830 and given his nickname. With three other Indians, he was taken to England on board HMS Beagle....

BYRON, JOHN (Foulweather Jack) 1723 - 1786
England

naval officer and explorer, was born on 8 November 1723, the second son of William, fourth Baron Byron and his third wife Frances, née Berkeley. He joined the Navy in 1737, and as a midshipman...

CALLAGHAN, JEREMIAH THOMAS FITZGERALD 1827 - 1881
Ireland

governor, was born on 21 December 1827, the fourth son of Mathias Callaghan of Midleton, Co Cork and Charlotte Fitzgerald. He studied at Trinity College Dublin and at Lincoln's Inn in London. He...

CALLAGHAN, (LEONARD) JAMES 1912 - 2005
England

foreign secretary, prime minister and baron, was born on 27 March 1912, son of James Callaghan, an Irish CPO in the navy. Educated at Portsmouth North Grammar School he entered the Inland Revenue...

Callejas

see PASCUAL CALLEJAS, Juan

CAMERON, NORMAN EWEN KEITH 1900 - 1971
England

sheep farmer, was born in London on 26 October 1900, the third son of William Keith CAMERON and Ellen Maria, née Eddols. He was educated at Cheam School, Dartmouth Naval College and Eton.

His father...

CAMERON, William Keith c 1840 - 1920
Scotland

sheep-farmer, was the second of five children of Donald Cameron and his wife Flora, née Kemp, of Gairloch in Ross-shire. His parents later moved to Dumfriesshire, where his father was a gamekeeper...

CAMPBELL, COLIN 1918-1997
Scotland

colonial secretary, was the fourth child of Archibald Campbell (1876-1963) of Kilberry and Bute in Argyll and Violet née Beadon (1879-1949). Archibald Campbell is widely regarded as one of the...