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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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Maurice, prince palatine of the Rhine (1621–1652), royalist army officer and naval officer, was the fourth son of Frederick V (1596–1632), elector palatine of the Rhine, and his wife, Elizabeth (1596–1662), daughter of James VI and I of Great Britain and sister of ...

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Nassau van Zuylestein, William Frederick [Willem Frederik] van, first earl of Rochford (1649–1708), soldier and diplomat, was born at Zuylestein near Utrecht and baptized on 7 October 1649 at The Hague, the elder son of Frederik van Nassau van Zuylestein and his wife, ...

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Rapin de Thoyras [Rapin], Paul de (1661–1725), army officer and historian, was born in Castres, France, on 25 March 1661, the third of the six children of Jacques Rapin, sieur de Thoyras (1613–1685), an advocate, and Jeanne Pélisson (d. 1706). He came from a protestant Savoyard family who had emigrated to ...

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Rupert, prince and count palatine of the Rhine and duke of Cumberland (1619–1682), royalist army and naval officer, was born on 18 December 1619 ns, the son of Frederick V (1596–1632), elector palatine of the Rhine, and his wife, Elizabeth (1596–1662), the daughter of ...

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Smuts, Jan Christiaan (1870–1950), prime minister of South Africa, army officer, and writer on evolution, was born on 24 May 1870 at Bovenplaats, near Riebeeck West in the Malmesbury district of Cape Colony, the second child of Jacobus Abraham (Kosie) Smuts (1845–1914) and ...