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Alexander, Sir Kenneth John Wilson [Ken] (1922–2001), economist, university administrator, and public servant, was born on 14 March 1922 at 12 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, the only son of William Wilson Alexander (1888–1930), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Logan Grahame, née Wilson (1888–1975), tailoress. He won a scholarship to ...

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Barkstead, John [created Sir John Barkstead under the protectorate] (d. 1662), major-general and regicide, was probably the son of Michael Barkstead, a London goldsmith, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Downing. His grandfather had lived at Lichfield in Staffordshire and his family was originally from ...

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Brickdale, Sir Charles Fortescue- (1857–1944), barrister and land registrar, was born on 1 March 1857 at 41 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, the oldest of the five children of Matthew Inglett Brickdale (1817–1894), barrister and sometime radical lawyer, and of Sarah Anna (1833/4–1909), daughter of ...

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Butler, James, first duke of Ormond (1610–1688), lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born at Clerkenwell, Middlesex, on 19 October 1610.

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James Butler, first duke of Ormond (1610–1688) by Sir Peter Lely, 1678 Kedleston Hall, The Scarsdale Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Carteret, Sir Philippe [Philip] de (1584–1643), landowner and office-holder, was born in Sark on 18 February 1584, the eldest son of Sir Philippe de Carteret (d. 1594) and his wife, Rachel, daughter of George Poulet, lieutenant-governor and bailiff of Jersey. His grandfather, ...

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Cornwallis, Charles, first Marquess Cornwallis (1738–1805), governor-general of India and lord lieutenant of Ireland, the sixth child and eldest son of Charles Cornwallis, fifth Baron and first Earl Cornwallis (1700–1762), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1785), daughter of Charles ‘Turnip’ Townshend, second Viscount Townshend...

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Charles Cornwallis, first Marquess Cornwallis (1738–1805) by John Smart, 1792 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cosgrave [née Daly], Mary Josephine (c. 1877–1941), local administrator and social worker, was born in Naas, co. Kildare, the daughter of James William Daly and his wife, Jane. She was educated at the Convent of Mercy in Naas and later studied at ...

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Cromwell, Henry (1628–1674), soldier, politician, and lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born on 20 January 1628 at Huntingdon and baptized there at All Saints' Church on 29 January, the fifth of nine children and fourth among the five sons of Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658)...