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Barry, James (c. 1799–1865), army medical officer and transvestite, was probably born Margaret, the youngest daughter of Mrs Mary Ann Bulkley or Bulkeley, the sister of the artist James Barry; her paternity is in doubt. From the age of ten she dressed and presented herself as a man, but the woman who laid out her corpse declared that she was female: 'The Devil, a General,' said the attendant. 'It's a woman. And a woman that has had a child' (...

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Bréauté, Sir Falkes de (d. 1226), soldier and royal favourite, was of obscure Norman parentage. One reasonably reliable source, which described him as 'small in stature but very valiant', stated that he was the son of a Norman knight by a concubine (...

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Camoys, Thomas, Baron Camoys (c. 1350–1420/21), administrator and soldier, was the son of John Camoys and heir of his uncle Thomas, Lord Camoys. The uncle died on 11 April 1372, and his lands were given to the heir on 12 October. Camoys served with the retinue of his kinsman ...

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Daubeney, Giles, first Baron Daubeney (1451/2–1508), administrator, soldier, and diplomat, was the elder son and heir of Sir William Daubeney (1424–1461) [see under Daubeney family] of South Petherton, Somerset, and his wife, Alice (b. 1432), third daughter and coheir of ...

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Donne [Dwn], Sir John (d. 1503), soldier and administrator, was descended from the Donne family of Kidwelly. His forebears were active soldiers, and John is said to have been born in Picardy, where his father, Gruffudd Donne (d. in or before 1448)...

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Edward [Edward of Woodstock; known as the Black Prince], prince of Wales and of Aquitaine (1330–1376), heir to the English throne and military commander, was the eldest son of Edward III (1312–1377) and Philippa of Hainault (1310x15?–1369).

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Erpingham, Sir Thomas (c. 1355–1428), soldier, was the son of Sir John Erpingham of Erpingham and Wickmere, Norfolk, the head of an established East Anglian gentry family. His early career was a military one. In September 1368 he accompanied his father to Aquitaine...

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Fitzalan, John, seventh earl of Arundel (1408–1435), soldier, was born on 14 February 1408 at Lytchett Matravers, Dorset. He was the son of John (V) Fitzalan, Baron Maltravers (d. 21 April 1421) and Eleanor (d. 1455), daughter of Sir John Berkeley...

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Fitzalan, Thomas, fifth earl of Arundel and tenth earl of Surrey (1381–1415), soldier and administrator, was the second son and heir of Richard (III) Fitzalan, fourth earl of Arundel and ninth earl of Surrey, and Elizabeth de Bohun (d. 1385). On the execution and forfeiture of his father in 1397, the honour of ...

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Hastings, Sir Hugh (c. 1310–1347), administrator and soldier, was the second son of John Hastings, first Lord Hastings (1262–1313), and his second wife, Isabel, daughter of Hugh Despenser the elder, earl of Winchester (1261–1326). He married, before 18 May 1330, Margery Foliot (...