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William Brown

Afro-Europe (1783-1816?), brorn in Edinburgh, Scotland

William Brown in 1804 became the first known black, biologically female individual to serve in the British Royal Navy." She had served on the Queen Charlotte for a number of years as an able seaman and had been promoted to 'captain of the fore-top', in charge of other sailors assigned to that particular part of the ship." [UK National Archives]

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