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Crichton, James [called the Admirable Crichton] (1560–1582), rhetorician and soldier, was born on 19 August 1560, probably at Eliock near Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, the son of Robert Crichton (d. 1582), lawyer.

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Hastings, Edward, Baron Hastings of Loughborough (1512x15?–1572), nobleman and soldier, was the third son of George Hastings, third Baron Hastings of Hastings and first earl of Huntingdon (1486/7–1544), and Anne Stafford, sister of Edward Stafford, third duke of Buckingham. Anne had previously been the wife of ...

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Howard, Henry, earl of Surrey (1516/17–1547), poet and soldier, was born in 1516 or 1517, the eldest son of Thomas Howard, earl of Surrey and later third duke of Norfolk (1473–1554), and his second wife, Elizabeth Stafford (1497–1558). He was the grandson of the ...

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Howard, Thomas, third duke of Norfolk (1473–1554), magnate and soldier, was the eldest son of Thomas Howard, second duke of Norfolk (1443–1524), and his first wife, Elizabeth (d. 1497), the daughter of Frederick Tilney of Ashwellthorpe Hall, Norfolk, and widow of Sir Humphrey Bourchier...

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MacGregor, Gregor (1786–1845), soldier and adventurer, was the grandson of Gregor MacGregor Drummond who had enlisted in the forerunner of the Black Watch (then Sempill's Highlanders), served abroad with distinction, and been instrumental in obtaining the repeal of legislation which had outlawed the clan ...

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Meagher, Thomas Francis (1823–1867), Irish nationalist and soldier, was born in the city of Waterford, at what is now the Granville Hotel, Meagher Quay, on 3 August 1823. Little is known of his mother apart from the fact that she was a member of the ...

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Sherley [Shirley], Anthony [known as Sir Anthony Sherley], Count Sherley in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1565–1636?), adventurer and diplomat in the Persian service, was born at the family estate of Wiston in Sussex, one of nine children of Sir Thomas Sherley (c. 1542–1612)...

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Skelton, Bevil (c. 1641–1696), diplomat and soldier, was the eldest son of the Yorkshire soldier Sir John Skelton (d. 1673), lieutenant-governor of Plymouth from 1660, and his wife, Bridget (d. 1681), daughter of Sir Peter Prideaux. He later hinted that he served with the tiny royalist army in the 1657 campaign that culminated in the battle of the ...