Benjamin Gonson

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Benjamin Gonson (c. 1525–1577) was an English shipwright, the first Surveyor of the Royal Navy and a founding member of England's Navy Board. The son of Vice-Admiral William Gonson, he held office as Surveyor from 1546 to 1549, relinquishing it to Admiral William Wynter.[1] His wife, Ursula, was daughter of Anthony Hussey, an Admiralty Court judge under Henry VIII.[2]


  1. ^ Bennell, John (2004). "Gonson, William (d. 1544)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/47400.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "Hussey, Anthony (1496/97-1560), of London". United Kingdom: Institute of Historical Research. 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.