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Bonython, Richard (bap. 1580, d. 1647x54), soldier and planter in America, was baptized on 8 April 1580 at St Columb Major, Cornwall, a younger son and one of eight children of John Bonython and his wife, Eleanor Myleinton. Nothing else is known of his early life. He married by 1607 ...

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Cosby, Francis (d. 1580), soldier and planter in Ireland, was the second son of John Cosby of Hermaston, Lincolnshire, and Mabel Agard. Arrived in Ireland by 1548, he distinguished himself as a soldier in the midlands, writing detailed accounts of his exploits against the Gaelic clans of ...

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Fairfax, Thomas, first Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1560–1640), diplomat, soldier, and horse breeder, was born at Bilbrough, near York, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Fairfax (1521–1600) of Denton and Nun Appleton, Yorkshire, and Dorothy (d. 1596), daughter of George Gale, goldsmith and lord mayor of ...

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Forrest, Arthur (d. 1770), naval officer and planter; details of his parents and upbringing are unknown. Prior to his joining the Royal Navy he was a petty officer who traded to Cartagena as a mate or master of a merchantman and who volunteered as a pilot. By December 1740 he had passed his lieutenant's examination and was appointed to command the sloop ...

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Ironside, (William) Edmund, first Baron Ironside (1880–1959), army officer and farmer, was born on 6 May 1880 at Joks Lodge House, South Leith, Edinburgh, the second child and only son of William Ironside (1835–1881) of Athling, surgeon-major in the Indian army, and his wife, ...

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(William) Edmund Ironside, first Baron Ironside (1880–1959) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marion, Francis (1732–1795), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born at Goatfield plantation near the Cooper River, St John's parish, Berkeley county, South Carolina, the sixth of six children of Gabriel Marion (1693–1747), planter, and Esther Cordes (1695–1757). Francis was of French Huguenot ancestry and at birth 'not larger than a ...

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McIntosh, Lachlan (1727–1806), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born on 5 March 1727 at Badenoch, Inverness-shire, the son of John Mohr McIntosh (c.1700–1761), and his wife, Marjorie Fraser. In 1735 Lachlan accompanied his parents and over a hundred Scots of clan ...

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Millar, George Reid (1910–2005), special operations officer, author, and farmer, was born on 19 September 1910 at Boghall, Baldernock, Stirlingshire, the younger son (there was no daughter) of Thomas Andrew Millar (d. 1921/2), architect, and his wife, Mary Reid, née Morton (...

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George Reid Millar (1910–2005) by C. Woods, 1946 Getty Images