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Coffin, John (1756–12 June 1838), Loyalist and British general, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel Coffin, the last receiver general and cashier of His Majesty’s Customs at Boston, and Elizabeth Barnes. Coffin attended the Boston Latin School and went to sea at an early age. He rose to command of a ship by the age of eighteen, and in 1775 he was engaged to bring a regiment of British troops from England to Boston, which at that time had just broken out in armed rebellion against King George III. Coffin appears to have had no conflict in his loyalties; he brought the troops on his ship to Boston and soon engaged in the war on the side of the king....

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Skene, Philip (09 January 1725–09 June 1810), British officer and Loyalist, was born in London, England, the son of James Skene, a Jacobite, and Mary Anne (maiden name unknown). Raised by an uncle who was a military man, Philip Skene was exposed early in life to the British army. During 1741 he became an ensign and fought in Europe in that decade. He participated in the suppression of the Jacobite invasion of Scotland and was severely wounded at the battle of Culloden (16 Apr. 1746). Afterward, he took part in more European battles and rose to lieutenant in 1750. During January of that year he wed Katharine Heyden. Their marriage would produce three children....