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Davis, Sir John Francis, first baronet (1795–1890), colonial governor and Chinese scholar, born in London on 16 July 1795, was the eldest son in the family of four sons and seven daughters of Samuel Davis (1760–1819), magistrate of Benares and a director of the ...

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Johnston, Sir Reginald Fleming (1874–1938), colonial administrator and Sinologist, was born at Goshen House, Jordan Lane, Morningside, Edinburgh, on 31 October 1874, the second of three children of Robert Fleming Johnston (1840–1902), writer to the signet, and Isabella Anne Catherine, née Irving (1853–1916)...

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Purcell, Victor William Williams Saunders (1896–1965), colonial administrator and historian, was born on 26 January 1896, the son, and apparently the only child, of Victor Adolphus Purcell (1863–1951), clerk in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Harriett Eva, née Saunders. He was educated at ...

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Staunton, Sir George Thomas, second baronet (1781–1859), Sinologist and politician, was born on 26 May 1781 at Milford House, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, only surviving child of Sir George Leonard Staunton (1737–1801), diplomatist, and his wife, Jane, née Collins (1753–1823). His father imposed peculiar educational notions on the boy; he was educated at home under his father's eye and lived entirely in adult society, developing precocious abilities at languages and natural history. In 1792 he attended the turbulent national assembly in ...

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Wade, Sir Thomas Francis (1818–1895), diplomatist and Sinologist, was born on 25 August 1818 in London, the eldest son of Colonel Thomas Wade (d. 1846) and his wife, Anne, daughter of William Smythe. In his youth Wade accompanied his father on military postings to ...

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Sir Thomas Francis Wade (1818–1895) by unknown engraver, pubd 1895 (after Eveleen Myers) © National Portrait Gallery, London