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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 Christopher (1555/6–1601), soldier and conspirator, was the second son of Thomas Blount (b. before 1523, d. 1568) of Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Blount's early life was profoundly shaped by two key influences: devout Catholicism (especially on the part of his mother, Margery, ...

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Jennett Humphreys

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Bradshaw, James (1717–1746), Jacobite army officer, was born in Manchester, the only son of a wealthy Roman Catholic family in trade. He attended the Manchester Free School, where he studied classics, before being apprenticed in 1734 to Charles Worral, a Manchester factor who traded at the ...

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Calvert [formerly Lazenby Calvert], Charles (c. 1688–1734), army officer and colonial governor, may have been the illegitimate son of Charles Calvert, third Baron Baltimore (1637–1715), proprietor of Maryland. The reasons for his former name Lazenby are uncertain, but most likely it indicates a connection with the ...

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Cowans, Sir John Steven (1862–1921), army officer, was born on 11 March 1862, at Woodbank, St Cuthbert Without, Carlisle, the eldest son of John Cowans and his wife, Jeannie (née Steven). His father was a prominent civil engineer, who founded Cowans, Sheldon & Co....

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Dormer, Robert, first earl of Carnarvon (1610?–1643), royalist army officer, was the only son of Sir William Dormer, baronet (d. 1616), and Alice, daughter of Sir Richard Molyneux of Sefton, Lancashire. The Dormer family had risen to power and influence under the ...

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H. M. Chichester

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Fitzgerald, Sir John Forster (1784/5–1877), army officer, was a younger son of Edward Fitzgerald (d. 1815) of Carrigoran, co. Clare, who sat for that county in the Irish parliament and was a colonel of Irish Volunteers in 1782, and his second wife, the daughter and coheir of ...

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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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Howard, Charles, first earl of Carlisle (1628–1685), army officer and politician, was born on 4 February 1628, the second son and eventual heir of Sir William Howard (c.1602–1643), of Naworth, Cumberland, and Mary (bap. 1602, d. 1638), eldest daughter of ...

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Marmaduke Langdale, first Baron Langdale (bap. 1598, d. 1661) by William Humphrey, 1774 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Langdale, Marmaduke, first Baron Langdale (bap. 1598, d. 1661), royalist army officer, was the only son of Peter Langdale, esquire (d. 1617), and his wife, Anne Wharton (bap. 1576/7, d. 1646), daughter of Michael Wharton, esquire, of Beverley and his wife, ...

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Maccarthy, Donough, styled fourth earl of Clancarty (1668–1734), Jacobite army officer, was born in Blarney, co. Cork, the only son of Callaghan Maccarthy, third earl of Clancarty (d. 1676), and Elizabeth, daughter of George Fitzgerald, sixteenth earl of Kildare. Maccarthy was the grandson of ...

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Mackesy, Pierse Joseph (1883–1956), army officer, was born on 5 April 1883 in Dublin, reportedly in Merrion Square, the younger son of Lieutenant-General William Henry Mackesy (1837–1914), Bengal staff corps, a veteran of the Indian Mutiny and the Crimean and Afghan wars, of ...

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Michael Mohun (c. 1616–1684) by unknown artist, c. 1660 private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mohun [Moone], Michael (c. 1616–1684), actor and army officer, has an obscure family background. The variant form of his name, Moone, indicates that it was pronounced as a monosyllable: the written name Mohun scans so in verses of 1703. By his own account, written late in life, he became an actor in royal service in 1634, probably as a member of ...

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North, William, sixth Baron North, second Baron Grey of Rolleston, and Jacobite Earl North (1678–1734), army officer and Jacobite conspirator, was born at Caldecote, Cambridgeshire, on 22 December 1678. He was the eldest son of Charles, fifth Baron North (d. 1690), and ...

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Parker, John [known as Colonel Parker] (b. c. 1651, d. in or after 1719), army officer and Jacobite conspirator, was born in London, the youngest son of perhaps ten children of William Parker (1610–1678), physician, and Judith (b. 1619, d. after 1678)...

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Reade [Read], Thomas (1606/7–1669), royalist army officer and civil lawyer, was born at Linkenholt, Hampshire, the second son of Robert Reade (d. 1626?) and his second wife, Mildred (d. 1630/31), sister of Sir Francis Windebank, Charles I's secretary of state from 1632 to 1640. ...

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Sherley [Shirley], Anthony [known as Sir Anthony Sherley], Count Sherley in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1565–1636?), adventurer and diplomat in the Persian service, was born at the family estate of Wiston in Sussex, one of nine children of Sir Thomas Sherley (c. 1542–1612)...

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Anthony Sherley, Count Sherley in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1565–?1636) by Aegidius Sadeler, pubd 1612 © National Portrait Gallery, London