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Beauclerk, Charles, first duke of St Albans (1670–1726), army officer, the illegitimate son of Charles II and Nell Gwyn, was born at his mother's house in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, on 8 May 1670. It is said that one day when the king was with ...

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Bertie, Montague, second earl of Lindsey (1607/8–1666), royalist nobleman and army officer, was the eldest son of Robert Bertie, first earl of Lindsey (1582–1642), and Elizabeth Montagu (bap. 1586, d. 1654). He was educated briefly at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he was admitted as a fellow-commoner on 1 February 1623. He served as MP for ...

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Biddulph, Sir Thomas Myddleton (1809–1878), courtier and army officer, born on 29 July 1809, was the second son of Robert Biddulph of Ledbury and Charlotte, the daughter and coheir of Richard Myddleton MP, of Chirk Castle, of the old Welsh family of Myddleton...

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Sir Thomas Myddleton Biddulph (1809–1878) by Heinrich von Angeli, 1878 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Bloomfield, Benjamin, first Baron Bloomfield (1768–1846), army officer and courtier, the only son of John Bloomfield, of Newport, co. Tipperary, a lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, Anne (d. 1828), daughter of Samuel Waller, barrister, and sister of Sir Robert Waller, baronet...

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Bowles, Sir George (1787–1876), army officer and courtier, was born at Heale House, Wiltshire, the second son of William Bowles of Heale House, and Dinah Frankland, daughter of Admiral Sir Thomas Frankland, bt. William Bowles was his elder brother. He entered the army...

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Brooke, Sir James (1803–1868), army officer and first raja of Sarawak, was born at Secrore, a suburb of Benares, India, on 29 April 1803, the second son of Thomas Brooke (1760–1835), chief judge of the East India Company's court at Moorshabad, and his Scottish second wife, ...

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Sir Frederick Arthur Montague Browning (1896–1965) by Sir Gerald Kelly, 1923 © reserved; private collection; © reserved in the photograph

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Browning, Sir Frederick Arthur Montague (1896–1965), army officer and courtier, often known as Boy Browning, or as Tommy to intimates, was born on 20 December 1896, at 31 Hans Road, Brompton, London, the second child and only son of Frederick Henry Browning and his wife, ...

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Cambridge, Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George, earl of Athlone [formerly Prince Alexander of Teck] (1874–1957), army officer and governor-general of South Africa, was born at Kensington Palace on 14 April 1874, the third son of Princess Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth (1833–1897)...