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Alexander, William, styled sixth earl of Stirling (1726–1783), army officer in America, was born on 25 December 1726 in New York city, one of seven children of James Alexander (1691–1756), a surveyor, lawyer, and politician, and Mary Spratt Provoost (1693–1760), a rich merchant and the daughter of ...

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Bell, Sir Charles Alfred (1870–1945), administrator in India and Tibetologist, was born in Fort William, Calcutta, on 31 October 1870, the third son of Henry Bell, of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, Anne, daughter of George Dumbell, of Douglas, Isle of Man...

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Bond, William Bennett (1815–1906), archbishop of Montreal, born at Truro on 15 September 1815, was the son of John Bond, grocer, of that town, and his wife, Nanny Bennett. He received his early education at Truro and in London. Subsequently he emigrated to ...

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Bourke, Sir Richard (1777–1855), army officer and colonial governor, was born on 4 May 1777 in Britain Street, Dublin, the only son of John Bourke of Dromsally, co. Limerick, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Edmund Ryan of Boscable, co. Tipperary. He was educated at ...

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Bowen, John (1815–1859), bishop of Sierra Leone, son of Thomas Bowen, captain in the 85th regiment, and his third wife, Mary, daughter of the Revd John Evans, chaplain to the garrison at Placentia, Newfoundland, was born at Court, near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, on 21 November 1815. At twelve years of age he was sent to school at ...

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Joseph Brant (1743–1807) by Gilbert Stuart, 1786 [detail] Collection of the Duke of Northumberland. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Brant, Joseph [Thayendanegea] (1743–1807), leader of the Mohawk Indians, was born in 1743, probably in March, in or near Cuyahoga (near present-day Akron, Ohio). His parents, Peter Tehowaghwengaraghkwin and Margaret (fl. 1735–1780), were ordinary Mohawks with limited links to the tribe's leading families....

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Brant, Molly [Konwatsi tsiaienni, Degonwadonti] (c. 1736–1796), leader of the Mohawk Indians, was born a Mohawk, one of the six native North American nations which comprised the Iroquois confederacy and whose homeland was in present-day New York state. Brant may have been born at ...

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Brookes [née Emmerton], Dame Mabel Balcombe (1890–1975), socialite and charity worker, was born on 15 June 1890 at Raveloe, South Yarra, Melbourne, Australia, the only child of Harry Emmerton (1845–1927), an English born solicitor, and his wife, Alice Mabel Maude (1865–1923), a daughter of ...

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Browne, Thomas Alexander [pseud. Rolf Boldrewood] (1826–1915), novelist, was born in London on 6 August 1826, the eldest child of Sylvester John Brown, merchant and shipowner, and his wife, Elizabeth Angell, née Alexander. He lived in Australia from the age of five, when his father settled in ...