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Bonython, Richard (bap. 1580, d. 1647x54), soldier and planter in America, was baptized on 8 April 1580 at St Columb Major, Cornwall, a younger son and one of eight children of John Bonython and his wife, Eleanor Myleinton. Nothing else is known of his early life. He married by 1607 ...

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Cosby, Francis (d. 1580), soldier and planter in Ireland, was the second son of John Cosby of Hermaston, Lincolnshire, and Mabel Agard. Arrived in Ireland by 1548, he distinguished himself as a soldier in the midlands, writing detailed accounts of his exploits against the Gaelic clans of ...

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Fairfax, Thomas, first Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1560–1640), diplomat, soldier, and horse breeder, was born at Bilbrough, near York, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Fairfax (1521–1600) of Denton and Nun Appleton, Yorkshire, and Dorothy (d. 1596), daughter of George Gale, goldsmith and lord mayor of ...

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Forrest, Arthur (d. 1770), naval officer and planter; details of his parents and upbringing are unknown. Prior to his joining the Royal Navy he was a petty officer who traded to Cartagena as a mate or master of a merchantman and who volunteered as a pilot. By December 1740 he had passed his lieutenant's examination and was appointed to command the sloop ...

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Ironside, (William) Edmund, first Baron Ironside (1880–1959), army officer and farmer, was born on 6 May 1880 at Joks Lodge House, South Leith, Edinburgh, the second child and only son of William Ironside (1835–1881) of Athling, surgeon-major in the Indian army, and his wife, ...

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(William) Edmund Ironside, first Baron Ironside (1880–1959) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marion, Francis (1732–1795), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born at Goatfield plantation near the Cooper River, St John's parish, Berkeley county, South Carolina, the sixth of six children of Gabriel Marion (1693–1747), planter, and Esther Cordes (1695–1757). Francis was of French Huguenot ancestry and at birth 'not larger than a ...

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McIntosh, Lachlan (1727–1806), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born on 5 March 1727 at Badenoch, Inverness-shire, the son of John Mohr McIntosh (c.1700–1761), and his wife, Marjorie Fraser. In 1735 Lachlan accompanied his parents and over a hundred Scots of clan ...

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George Reid Millar (1910–2005) by C. Woods, 1946 Getty Images

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Millar, George Reid (1910–2005), special operations officer, author, and farmer, was born on 19 September 1910 at Boghall, Baldernock, Stirlingshire, the younger son (there was no daughter) of Thomas Andrew Millar (d. 1921/2), architect, and his wife, Mary Reid, née Morton (...

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Pickens, Andrew (1739–1817), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born on 19 September 1739 in Paxton township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. The third of six children of Andrew Pickens (c.1699–1757), farmer, and Anne Davis (d. c.1762), Andrew was of Scots-Irish and French Huguenot descent. In the early 1740s the family moved to ...

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Russell, Sir Andrew Hamilton [Guy] (1868–1960), sheep farmer and army officer, was born on 23 February 1868 at Napier, New Zealand, the second of the eight children and the elder son of Andrew Hamilton Russell (1837–1916), a sheep farmer and former army officer in the ...

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George Walter Gillow Simpson (1901–1972) by unknown photographer, 1943 The Imperial War Museum, London

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Simpson, George Walter Gillow (1901–1972), naval officer and sheep farmer, was born on 6 June 1901, the second son of the Revd Robert Henry Bridges Simpson (1862–1935), vicar of Oakwood, Surrey, and his wife, Sophie, née Thomson. He became widely known by his sobriquet, ...

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Venables, Edward Frederick (1815–1858), indigo planter and volunteer soldier, was born on 5 May 1815, the third son of Lazarus Jones Venables (1772–1856), barrister, of Liverpool and Woodhill, Shropshire, and his wife, Alice, daughter of Thomas Jolley of Liverpool. He early went to ...