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Bampfield, Joseph (1622–1685), army officer and spy, was probably born in Devon, one of a family long established in the west country, but his parentage and early life are obscure. There is no validity for the earl of Clarendon's later statement that he was an Irishman, although he may have been educated at ...

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Barker, Collet (1784–1831), army officer and explorer, was born near Paradise Gardens, Hackney, Middlesex, on 31 December 1784, the son of William Barker (c.1748–1832), skinner and mercer of Newbury, Berkshire, and Sarah Collet (1755–1808), elder daughter of Samuel Collet, of an established family of ...

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Holmes, Abraham (d. 1685), army officer and conspirator, was perhaps from co. Durham, though it has been suggested that he was related to a Holmes family of Sussex. Nothing definite is known of his background. He first appears during the early years of the civil war as a lieutenant in ...

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Howard, Charles, first earl of Carlisle (1628–1685), army officer and politician, was born on 4 February 1628, the second son and eventual heir of Sir William Howard (c.1602–1643), of Naworth, Cumberland, and Mary (bap. 1602, d. 1638), eldest daughter of ...

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Phips [Phipps], Sir William (1651–1695), adventurer, army officer, and colonial governor, was born on 2 February 1651 at Phips plantation, Jeremisquam Neck, Nequasett, Maine. He was the son of James Phips (c.1609–1651×5) of Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire, and Mary, whose origins are unknown. ...

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Rich, Nathaniel (d. 1700x02), army officer, was the eldest son of Robert Rich of Felsted, Essex, and Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Dutton. Sir Nathaniel Rich, who was probably his uncle, left him his manor of Stondon, Essex, in 1636, at which time he was still a minor. He matriculated from ...

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West, (Arthur) Graeme (1891–1917), army officer and poet, the eldest of four children, was born at Christchurch Road, Eaton, Norwich, Norfolk, on 23 September 1891. His father, Arthur Birt West (1859–1948), son of a nonconformist minister and sternly evangelical, had been an engineer and a missionary before deciding to live off private means and work for a charity; he married ...