William Borough

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William Borough
Born 1536
Died 1599
Allegiance England England
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands held Bonavolia

William Borough (1536–1599) was a British naval officer and the younger brother of Stephen Borough. He participated in the British attack on Cádiz in 1587.[1] He was responsible for the drawing of several early maps including one of Russia.[2]

Early life[edit]

Borough was born at Borough House, Northam Burrows, Northam, Devon and his childhood experiences of voyages were those accompanying his older brother Stephen Borough and their uncle John Borough.[3] In 1580 Borough was appointed comptroller of the queen's ships, which post he shared initially with William Holstocke.[3] In June 1583 he took ten pirate ships into custody and ensured that all ten masters were hanged at Wapping.[3] In 1587 he sailed with Sir Francis Drake and was indicted for mutiny and cowardice but later acquitted and given command of the galley Bonavolia.[3]


In 1571 he married Judith Jones; they had one son and one daughter.[3] He later married Lady Jane Wentworth.[3]


  1. ^ Infoplease
  2. ^ University of Toronto Press - Journal Article
  3. ^ a b c d e f R. C. D. Baldwin, ‘Borough, William (bap. 1536, d. 1598)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 27 June 2008