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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...

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Bacon, Sir Nicholas (1510–1579), lawyer and administrator, was born on Childermas day (28 December) 1510, the second son and one of the five children of Robert Bacon (d. 1548), yeoman and sheep-reeve to the abbot of Bury St Edmunds, and his wife, ...

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Goodman, Arnold Abraham, Baron Goodman (1913–1995), solicitor and public servant, was born on 21 August 1913 at 26 Bodney Road, Hackney, London, the younger son of Joseph Goodman (1879/1880–1940), master draper, and his wife, Bertha (1887–1959), daughter of Joseph Mauerberger, businessman. His name was given on his birth certificate as ...

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Hawley, John, the elder (c. 1350–1408), pirate, merchant, and administrator, of Dartmouth, Devon, was the younger son of the first John Hawley who settled in Dartmouth some time before 1340. Hawley was elected mayor for the first time in 1374—the beginning of a career which would make him the richest and most important man in ...

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Michael Evelyn

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Mathew, Sir Theobald (1898–1964), lawyer and public servant, was born in London on 4 November 1898, the elder son of Charles James Mathew (1872–1923), barrister and briefly (1922–3) Labour MP for Whitechapel, and his wife, Anna, daughter of James Archbold Cassidy, of Monasterevan, co. Kildare...

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Mills [née Warnock], Dame Barbara Jean Lyon (1940–2011), barrister and public servant, was born on 10 August 1940 at Wroxton, Lower Road, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, the elder daughter of John Lyon Warnock, chartered accountant, and his wife, Nora Kitty, née Sheather (1911–1997). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Nuthall, Thomas (bap. 1716, d. 1775), lawyer and public official, was baptized on 22 April 1716 at the Presbyterian meeting house in Norwich, Norfolk, the only surviving son of Benjamin Nuthall, merchant (twice mayor of Norwich, in 1721 and 1749) and his second wife, ...

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Radcliffe, Cyril John, Viscount Radcliffe (1899–1977), lawyer and public servant, was born at Plas Gwyn, Llanychan, Denbighshire, on 30 March 1899, the third in the family of four sons of Captain Alfred Ernest Radcliffe, of the Royal Lancashire regiment, and his wife, Sybil Harriet...

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Roskill, Sir Ashton Wentworth (1902–1991), barrister and public servant, was born on 1 January 1902 at 33A Montagu Square, London, the eldest of four sons of John Henry Roskill (1860–1940), barrister, and his wife, Sybil Mary Wentworth, née Dilke (1879–1931), daughter of Ashton Wentworth Dilke (1850–1883)...

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Sharington, Sir William (c. 1495–1553), administrator and embezzler, was the first son of Thomas Sharington (d. 1527?) of Norfolk and his wife, Katherine, daughter and heir of William Pyrton of Little Bentley, Essex. Despite the obscurity of his early years, it seems clear that two men were instrumental in his rise to importance: ...

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Skelhorn, Sir Norman John (1909–1988), lawyer and public servant, was born on 10 September 1909 at Claremont Villa, Spire Hollin, Glossop, Derbyshire, the only child of Samuel Skelhorn (1869–1947), a Congregationalist minister who subsequently took Anglican orders, and his first wife, Bertha Heymann (1871/2–1931)...

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S. V. Fitz-Gerald

revised by Roger T. Stearn

West, Sir Raymond (1832–1912), administrator and judge in India, was born at Ballyloughrane, co. Kerry, on 18 September 1832, the elder son of Frederick Henry West, journalist, and his wife, Frances, daughter of Richard Raymond, of Ballyloughrane, Ballybunnion, co. Kerry. His father's occupation was precarious, and ...