I have to ask the indulgence of the forum to ask this question but I don’t know anywhere else that might know.
I have recently learned that an ancestor of mine George Borthwick (then 22) from Dalkeith Scotland served in the Navy and was on the ships muster of HMS Victory at the time of the battle of Trafalgar.
Now as you can imagine I am pretty excited about this. His rank was described as “Landsman” Does anyone know what a Landsman was? He could read and write. He left the navy aged 36 and settled in Newcastle.