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Feiritéar, Piaras [Piaras mac Éamainn; known as Sir Pierce Ferriter] (d. 1652), soldier and poet, belonged to an Anglo-Norman family, originally le Fereter, which since the thirteenth century had held estates on the Dingle peninsula in co. Kerry. The family lived unobtrusively until the troubled Tudor and Stuart period; then, some of its members were the subjects of royal pardons in 1574, 1601, and 1602. In 1626 an ...

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Harvey, Frederick William (1888–1957), poet and army officer, was born on 26 March 1888 at Murrel's End, Hartpury, Gloucestershire, the eldest of the five children of Howard Frederick Harvey (1853–1909), a farmer and horse dealer, and his wife, Cecilia Matilda (Tillie), née Waters (1862–1943)...

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Hay, Sir Gilbert (b. c. 1397, d. after 1465), soldier and poet, has been identified with various Gilbert Hays who appear in the records of the period, and his family background remains elusive. Later to describe himself as master of arts and bachelor of canon law, he was probably a graduate of ...

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Henry Howard, earl of Surrey (1516/1717–1547) by unknown artist, c. 1546 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Henry, earl of Surrey (1516/17–1547), poet and soldier, was born in 1516 or 1517, the eldest son of Thomas Howard, earl of Surrey and later third duke of Norfolk (1473–1554), and his second wife, Elizabeth Stafford (1497–1558). He was the grandson of the ...

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Jones, (Walter) David Michael [pseud. Dai Greatcoat] (1895–1974), painter and poet, was born on 1 November 1895 in Brockley, Kent, the younger son and youngest of three children of James Jones, printer, from Holywell, Flintshire, and his wife, Alice Ann, former governess, daughter of ...

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Sassoon, Siegfried Loraine (1886–1967), poet and writer, was born on 8 September 1886 at Weirleigh, Brenchley, near Paddock Wood in Kent, the second of the three sons of Alfred Ezra Sassoon (1861–1895), financier and sculptor, and his wife, Georgiana Theresa (1853–1947), daughter of ...

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Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886–1967) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1920s © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London