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Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545), magnate, courtier, and soldier, was the second but only surviving son of Sir William Brandon (d. 1485) and his wife, Elizabeth Bruyn (d. 1494) of South Ockendon. The manner of Sir William's death, killed at ...

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Cecil, Thomas, first earl of Exeter (1542–1623), courtier and soldier, was born in Cambridge on 5 May 1542, the eldest son of William Cecil, first Baron Burghley (1520/21–1598), and his first wife, Mary (c.1520–1544), sister of John Cheke. His mother died when he was less than two years old and he never seems to have aroused any affection in his puritanical stepmother, ...

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Wigram, Clive, first Baron Wigram (1873–1960), soldier and courtier, was born on 5 July 1873 at Madras, the eldest of three sons of Herbert Wigram (1842–1914), of the Madras civil service, and Amy Augusta (d. 1935), daughter of Lieutenant-General John Wood Rideout...