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Alexander Alexander (b. 1781/22) by Thomas Hodgetts, pubd 1830 (after Sir John Watson-Gordon) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexander, Alexander (b. 1781/2), soldier and writer, was born in Dundonald, Ayrshire, the illegitimate son of a wealthy Scottish merchant. Almost everything known about him comes from his remarkable autobiography, published in Edinburgh in 1830. After what he recalled as an unhappy childhood marred by physical violence, at the age of eighteen he was sent to work as an overseer on slave plantations in ...

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Andrewe, Thomas (fl. 1600–1604), soldier and poet, is known only by his poem in rhyming couplets The Unmasking of a Feminine Machiavell, published in 1604. Its autobiographical nature is revealed in its preface 'To the Reader' and in a commendatory poem by Samuel Rowlands...

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Burleigh, Bennet Gordon (c. 1840–1914), journalist and soldier, was born in Glasgow. Little is known about his early life: in his later years he concealed his age, and his father has been variously described as a timber merchant and as a master mechanic. At the time of the Civil War, ...

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Carlile, James (d. 1691), actor, playwright, and soldier, was said by Charles Gildon to have been born in Lancashire. He may have been related to the playwright Lodowick Carlell (1601/2–1675). When London's two theatre companies combined in 1682, James Carlile and William Mountfort...

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Churchyard, Thomas (1523?–1604), writer and soldier, was born at Shrewsbury, probably in 1523. He claims to have been a gentleman, but there is no evidence of this. The facts of Churchyard's life are uncertain, partly because of the lack of official records, but more because of the erratic quality of the evidence he offers himself. As well as making many references to events in his life in passing, he wrote three wholly or partly autobiographical poems: ...

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Conway, Sir John (d. 1603), writer and soldier, was the son and heir of Sir John Conway of Arrow, Warwickshire, landowner, and Katherine, daughter of Sir Ralph Verney and his wife, Elizabeth. Little is known of his youth or education but he was well read. He was knighted in 1559, on the accession of ...

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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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Gascoigne, George (1534/5?–1577), author and soldier, was the eldest of three children of Sir John Gascoigne (b. in or before 1510, d. 1568) of Cardington, Bedfordshire, and his wife, Margaret (d. 17 Oct 1575), daughter of Sir Robert Scargill of ...

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George Gascoigne (1534/5?5–1577) by unknown engraver, pubd 1576 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Goddard, William (d. 1624/5), soldier and satirist, published two books of satirical epigrams—A Mastif Whelp ('this infant of my braine', c.1614) and A Neaste of Waspes (1615), together with A Satirycall Dialogue … betweene Alexander … and … Diogynes (c...

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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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Heron, Haly (c. 1550–1591), author and soldier, matriculated in November 1565 as a sizar at Queens' College, Cambridge, whence he graduated BA in 1570. At some point in the 1570s he became tutor to John Kaye the younger, whom he perhaps met at ...

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Hodgson, William Noel [pseud. Edward Melbourne] (1893–1916), soldier and poet, was born at the vicarage, Thornbury, near Bristol, Gloucestershire, on 3 January 1893, the fourth and youngest child of Henry Bernard Hodgson (1856–1921), vicar of Thornbury and later the first bishop 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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Humphrey [Humfrey or Humphrey of Lancaster], duke of Gloucester [called Good Duke Humphrey] (1390–1447), prince, soldier, and literary patron, was the youngest son of Henry, earl of Derby, later Henry IV, and his first wife, Mary de Bohun (d. 1394). He was protector of ...

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Kyffin, Maurice (c. 1555–1598), author and soldier, is more than likely to have been the son of Thomas Kyffin and Catrin Llwyd, who are known to have had four children. If so, he may have been born before his parents were married. Both his probable parents belonged to landed families in or near ...

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Lamb, Roger (1756–1830), soldier and writer, was born on 17 January 1756 in Dublin. Little is known of his family or early life, except that he somehow received an excellent education in English composition. At the age of seventeen he entered the army, joining the ...