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Addison, Henry Robert (1805–1876), playwright and army officer, was born of Irish parentage in 1805 at Calcutta, and spent his early life in India. He acquired on 12 July 1827 a commission in the cavalry as cornet in the 2nd dragoon guards, and progressed to lieutenant on 15 March 1831. Part of his ...

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John Burgoyne (1723–1792) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1766 © The Frick Collection, New York

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Burgoyne, John (1723–1792), army officer, politician, and playwright, was born on 4 February 1723 at Park Prospect, Westminster, legally the son of Captain John Burgoyne (d. 1768) and his wife, Anna Maria, daughter of Charles Burneston of Hackney, but possibly fathered by ...

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Nichols, Robert Malise Bowyer (1893–1944), poet and playwright, was born at Shanklin, Isle of Wight, on 6 September 1893, the elder son of John Bowyer Buchanan Nichols (1859–1939) of Lawford Hall, Essex, artist and author and a descendant of John Nichols, the eighteenth-century antiquary. His mother was ...

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See North, Frederick, second earl of Guilford [known as Lord North]

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Thackeray, Thomas James [Tom] (1796–1877), playwright, army officer, and agriculturist, was born on 5 September 1796 in Madras, India, the elder son of Thomas Thackeray (1767–1852) of Bath, a surgeon on the Madras establishment of the East India Company, and his first wife, ...