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or Haw·kyns  (hô′kĭnz), Sir John 1532-1595.
English naval hero who commanded the rear squadron in the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588).


 (hô′kĭnz), Sir John
See Sir John Hawkins.
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Noun1.Hawkyns - English privateer involved in the slave tradeHawkyns - English privateer involved in the slave trade; later helped build the fleet that in 1588 defeated the Spanish Armada (1532-1595)
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The lecture series will include: Roderic Hawkyns, Captayne of the Ship Mermayde, who will tell the real story of pirates and privateers in the 17th century Caribbean; Assistant Surgeon Norbert Rieke, an award-winning living historian, who will show original Civil War medical tools, and who will discuss how both the Blue and Grey used their knowledge, skills and abilities to combat wounds and disease; Pfc.
The first four were Hugh Stukeley (or Stutlye), gentleman, perhaps a lawyer; Edmund Bragge, citizen and haberdasher; Stavord; and George Hawkyns of Stortford in Hertfordshire, yeoman.
Since she mentioned "my brother" Hawkins and a "cousin" George Hawkins in her will, she may have begun life as Margaret Hawkins, and the George Hawkyns who was one of her trustees should have been a relative.