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Billings, Joseph (1758–1806), explorer and hydrographer in Russia, was born in 1758 at Turnham Green, Middlesex, according to ship musters; parish church registers confirm the birth of Joseph, son of Thomas and Mary Billing, on 6 September 1758. Billings's signed Russian service record, however, gives 1761 as the year of his birth. Other sources indicate that ...

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Louis Botha (1862–1919) by Sir James Guthrie, c. 1919–21 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Botha, Louis (1862–1919), prime minister of the Union of South Africa and army officer, was born on 27 September 1862 at Honigfontein, near Greytown, Natal, the ninth child of Louis Botha (1827–1883), farmer, and his wife, Salomina Adriana Van Rooyen, both of whom had gone on the great trek as children. Until ...

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Caillaud, John (1726–1812), army officer in the East India Company, was born in Dublin on 5 February 1726 and baptized in the French (Huguenot) church in Peter Street on 16 February, the younger son and youngest of the three children of Ruben Caillaud (...

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Cruso, John (fl. 1595–1655), poet and military writer, was born in Norwich before 1595, the son of John Cruso, a cloth merchant and church elder, and his wife, Jane Verlincke. His parents had fled Hondschote in Flanders during the 1570s or 1580s. As the eldest son, ...

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Duras, Louis, second earl of Feversham (1641–1709), soldier and diplomat, was born at Duras, Guyenne, France, the sixth and youngest son of Guy Aldonce de Durfort, marquis de Duras, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, duc de Bouillon...

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Gashry, Francis (1702–1762), naval administrator and politician, was born on 14 November 1702, the son of Francis Gascherie, a perfumer in Lamb's Street, Stepney, Middlesex, and his wife, Susanna. His parents were Huguenots from La Rochelle, and Francis was baptized on 13 December at the French Huguenot church of ...

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Germain, Sir John, first baronet (1650–1718), army officer and politician, was born in May 1650, probably at The Hague, the son of John Germain and his wife, Mary Moll. His father was a private officer in the Dutch army and his mother reputedly a mistress of ...

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See Ginckel, Godard van Reede-, first earl of Athlone

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Ginckel, Godard van Reede-, first earl of Athlone (1644–1703), army officer, was born on 4 June 1644 at Amerongen Castle, Utrecht, the Netherlands, the only son of Godard Adriaan, first Baron van Reede (1621–1691), head of an old feudal family and a leading Dutch diplomat, and his wife, ...

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Godard van Reede- Ginckel, first earl of Athlone (1644–1703) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1692 National Gallery of Ireland

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Gomme, Sir Bernard de (1620–1685), military engineer, was born at Torneus (Terneuzen) in Flanders, the son of Peter de Gomme. Nothing is known of de Gomme's early career or family background. He served in the campaigns of Frederick Henry, prince of Orange, and acquired a knowledge of military engineering. He had, besides, experience in drainage and land reclamation. In 1636 a ...

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Arnold Joost van Keppel, first earl of Albemarle (1669/7070–1718) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1700 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Keppel, Arnold Joost van, first earl of Albemarle (1669/70–1718), courtier and army officer, was born in 1669 or 1670, probably in Gelderland, United Provinces, and was probably baptized on 30 January 1670 at Zutphen in Gelderland, the son of Osewalt van Keppel, lord of ...

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John Ligonier, Earl Ligonier (1680–1770) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1760 Fort Ligonier, Pennsylvania, USA

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Ligonier, John [formerly Jean-Louis de Ligonier], Earl Ligonier (1680–1770), army officer, was born on 17 October 1680 at Castres, near Toulouse, France, the son of Louis de Ligonier, sieur de Montcuquet (1640–1693), and his wife, Louise du Poncet (b. 1652). The ...

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Mascarene, (Jean-)Paul (1685–1760), army officer and colonial administrator, was born Jean-Paul Mascarene in October or November 1685 in Languedoc, France, the only child of Jean Mascarene and his wife, Margaret de Salavy. Shortly after the birth of his son, Jean Mascarene was imprisoned and then expelled from ...

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Henri de Massue de Ruvigny, earl of Galway, and marquess of Ruvigny in the French nobility (1648–1720) by John Simon, pubd c. 1704 (after Philip de Graves) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Massue de Ruvigny, Henri de, earl of Galway, and marquess of Ruvigny in the French nobility (1648–1720), Huguenot leader, army officer, and diplomat, was born in Paris, probably in the Faubourg St Germain, on 9 April 1648, the eldest son of five surviving children of ...