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Bard, Henry, first Viscount Bellomont [Bellamont] (1615/16–1656), royalist army officer and diplomat, came of an old-established Lincolnshire family, and was the younger son of George Bard (d. 1616), vicar of Staines, Middlesex, and his wife, Susan, daughter of John Dudley. A scholar at ...

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Blount, Sir Walter (d. 1403), soldier and diplomat, of Barton Blount, Derbyshire, was the third son of Sir John Blount (d. 1358) of Sodington, Worcestershire, and of his first wife, Iseult, daughter and heir of Thomas Mountjoy of Gayton, Staffordshire. Immortalized by ...

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Brian, Guy, Baron Brian (c. 1310–1390), soldier and diplomat, was the son and heir of Sir Guy Brian of Torbryan, Devon, and an unknown mother. He is first recorded during Edward III's Scottish campaign of 1327, when he was present at the surprise attack on the English by the ...

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Burghersh, Bartholomew, the younger, third Lord Burghersh (d. 1369), soldier and diplomat, was the eldest son of Bartholomew Burghersh the elder (d. 1355) and Elizabeth Verdon (1305/6–1364). He married first Cicily Wayland (or Weyland), the daughter of Richard Weyland, and second Margaret (...

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Giles Daubeney, first Baron Daubeney (1451/22–1508) tomb effigy © Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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Daubeney, Giles, first Baron Daubeney (1451/2–1508), administrator, soldier, and diplomat, was the elder son and heir of Sir William Daubeney (1424–1461) [see under Daubeney family] of South Petherton, Somerset, and his wife, Alice (b. 1432), third daughter and coheir of ...

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Dillon, Edouard (1750–1839), army officer and diplomatist in the French service, was born at Wrightington, Lancashire, on 20 June 1750, the second son of Robert Dillon (1710–1764), formerly a banker at Dublin, and his second wife, Marie Dicconson. His father settled in Bordeaux...

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Fitzalan, Richard, third earl of Arundel and eighth earl of Surrey (c. 1313–1376), soldier, diplomat, and royal councillor, known as ‘Copped Hat’, was the son of Edmund Fitzalan, second earl of Arundel (1285–1326), and Alice, sister of John de Warenne, seventh earl of Surrey...

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Gascoigne, Sir Bernard [Bernardo Guasconi] (1614–1687), royalist army officer and diplomat, was born Bernardo Guasconi in Florence in April or May 1614, the son of Giovambatista Guasconi (d. 1614) and his wife, Clemenza Altoviti (d. 1634). His father having died four months after his birth, ...

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Grandson [Grandison], Sir Otto de (c. 1238–1328), soldier and diplomat, was the eldest son of Pierre de Grandson, lord of Grandson, on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel (now in Switzerland), and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Ulric, count of Neuchâtel. His move away from the family home and into English affairs resulted from his father's position as the household knight and dependent of ...

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Grey [Gray], Sir John, count of Tancarville (1384x91–1421), soldier and diplomat, was the second son of the Northumberland knight, Sir Thomas Grey (1359–1400) of Heaton (Heaton Moor) and of Wark-on-Tweed, Northumberland (a property acquired in 1398), and Joan (d. 1410)...

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Grey, Richard, fourth Baron Grey of Codnor (c. 1371–1418), soldier and diplomat, was the son of Henry Grey (d. 1379) and Joan Cobham; he succeeded his grandfather John Grey, third Baron Grey of Codnor (1305x11?–1392), in 1392. As a young man he joined ...

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Hamerton, Atkins (bap. 1804, d. 1857), army officer and first British consul in Zanzibar, was baptized on 29 April 1804 in St Thomas's Church, Marlborough Street, Dublin, the son of Edward Hamerton, clerk of ships' entries at the port of Dublin, and his wife, ...

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Henderson, Sir John [alias Peter von Berg] (fl. 1632–1658), army officer and diplomat, was of Scottish descent, one of at least three sons of a soldier, and was brought up as a Roman Catholic. He may have begun his military service in the army of ...

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Henry of Lancaster [Henry of Grosmont], first duke of Lancaster (c. 1310–1361), soldier and diplomat, was the son of Henry, third earl of Lancaster (c. 1280–1345), and Maud Chaworth (d. 1317×22).

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Henry of Lancaster, first duke of Lancaster (c. 1310–1361) manuscript painting, c. 1430 The British Library

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Jerningham, Sir Richard (d. 1525), soldier and diplomat, was the second son of Sir John Jerningham (d. 1503) of Somerleyton, Suffolk, and Isabel, daughter and heir of Sir Gervase Clifton. The family was certainly of ancient lineage and its genealogy can be traced back to the beginning of the thirteenth century to a ...

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Klux, Sir Hartung von [Sir Hartung van Clux] (d. 1445), diplomat and soldier, was from central Europe, but there is uncertainty about his precise origins (whether a Dane or a German); his family seems to have been settled at Gröditz, near Bautzen, and ...

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Lacy, Francis Anthony, styled Count de Lacy (1731–1792), army officer and diplomatist in the Spanish service, was born in Spain, the second son of Patrick Lacy, an army officer in the Spanish service, and his wife, a daughter of the marquis d'Abbeville (Osly)...

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Lannoy, Ghillebert de (1386–1462), soldier and diplomat, was the second son of Ghillebert de Lannoy, seigneur of Beaumont (d. 1406), and his wife, Catherine de Molembaix (d. 1433). Until he was thirty the younger Ghillebert, who became seigneur of Willerval, led the life of a hyperactive devotee of the chivalric ethos, pursuing connections which linked his own native milieu of ...