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Andrewe, Thomas (fl. 1600–1604), soldier and poet, is known only by his poem in rhyming couplets The Unmasking of a Feminine Machiavell, published in 1604. Its autobiographical nature is revealed in its preface 'To the Reader' and in a commendatory poem by Samuel Rowlands...

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Blunden, Edmund Charles (1896–1974), poet and university teacher, was born on 1 November 1896 at 54A Tottenham Court Road, London, the eldest of the nine children (five sons and four daughters) of Charles Edmund Blunden (1871–1951) and his wife, Georgina Margaret (1868–1967), daughter of ...

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Edmund Charles Blunden (1896–1974) by Ralph Hodgson, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rupert Chawner Brooke (1887–1915) by Sherril Schell, 1913 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brooke, Rupert Chawner (1887–1915), poet, was born on 3 August 1887 at 5 Hillmorton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, the second of the three sons born to William Parker Brooke (1850–1910), schoolmaster, and his wife, Ruth Mary (d. 1930), the daughter of the Revd Charles Cotterill...

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Cleland, William (1661?–1689), army officer and poet, was the son of Thomas Cleland, gamekeeper to the marquess of Douglas. His father's occupation suggests that he was born and brought up near Douglas Castle in Lanarkshire, where the marquess had his chief residence. He was educated at the university of ...

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Feiritéar, Piaras [Piaras mac Éamainn; known as Sir Pierce Ferriter] (d. 1652), soldier and poet, belonged to an Anglo-Norman family, originally le Fereter, which since the thirteenth century had held estates on the Dingle peninsula in co. Kerry. The family lived unobtrusively until the troubled Tudor and Stuart period; then, some of its members were the subjects of royal pardons in 1574, 1601, and 1602. In 1626 an ...

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Fitzpatrick, Richard (1748–1813), army officer, politician, and poet, was born on 24 January 1748, the second son of John Fitzpatrick, second Baron Gowran in the peerage of Ireland (1719–1758) who was created earl of Upper Ossory in 1751, and his wife, Evelyn (1725–1763)...

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Richard Fitzpatrick (1748–1813) by Henry R. Cook (after William Lane, in or before 1813) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert von Ranke Graves (1895–1985) by John Aldridge, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Graves, Robert von Ranke (1895–1985), poet and novelist, was born on 24 July 1895 at Red Branch House, Lauriston Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, the third of the five children of Alfred Perceval Graves (1846–1931), poet and educationist, and his second wife, Amalie Elizabeth Sophie (Amy; 1857–1951)...

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Grenfell, Julian Henry Francis (1888–1915), army officer and poet, was born at 4 St James's Square, London, on 30 March 1888. He was the eldest son of William Henry Grenfell, first Baron Desborough (1855–1945), and his wife, Ettie [see Grenfell, Ethel Anne Priscilla (1867-1952)...

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Julian Henry Francis Grenfell (1888–1915) by Maull & Fox © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ivor Bertie Gurney (1890–1937) by unknown photographer © reserved; The British Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gurney, Ivor Bertie (1890–1937), composer and poet, was born at 3 Queen Street, Gloucester, on 28 August 1890, the elder son and second in the family of two boys and two girls of David Gurney (1872–1919), proprietor of a small tailoring business, and his wife, ...

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William Hamilton of Bangour (1704–1754) by Gavin Hamilton Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hamilton, William, of Bangour (1704–1754), poet and Jacobite army officer, was born in 1704, after 25 March, at Bangour, Linlithgowshire, the second son of James Hamilton of Bangour, advocate, who died in 1706, leaving an estate of £10,000 Scots (£800), and Elizabeth Hamilton (...

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Harvey, Frederick William (1888–1957), poet and army officer, was born on 26 March 1888 at Murrel's End, Hartpury, Gloucestershire, the eldest of the five children of Howard Frederick Harvey (1853–1909), a farmer and horse dealer, and his wife, Cecilia Matilda (Tillie), née Waters (1862–1943)...

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Hay, Sir Gilbert (b. c. 1397, d. after 1465), soldier and poet, has been identified with various Gilbert Hays who appear in the records of the period, and his family background remains elusive. Later to describe himself as master of arts and bachelor of canon law, he was probably a graduate of ...