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Allen, John (d. 1855), Irish nationalist and army officer, was a native of Dublin, where he was also for some time a partner in a drapery business. His participation in the United Irish movement brought him the unwanted attention of the authorities and he left ...

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Baker, Henry (d. 1689), army officer, was a lieutenant in the Irish army during the reign of Charles II. He was one of the protestant officers purged by the earl of Tyrconnell in 1686, after which he returned to his land at Dunmahon, co. Louth...

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Beamish, North Ludlow (1797–1872), army officer, writer, and antiquary, was the third son of William Beamish of Beaumont House, co. Cork, and his wife, Anne Jane Margaret, daughter of Robert De-la-Cour of Short Castle, co. Cork. The family claimed descent from one of the followers of ...

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Bland, Humphrey (1685/6–1763), army officer and author, was born in Ireland, of uncertain parentage, though to a Yorkshire gentry family settled there since the mid-1660s, in whose seat at Blandsfort, Queen's county, he himself later lived. On account of the loss of the Irish army's papers in the ...

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Bloomfield, Benjamin, first Baron Bloomfield (1768–1846), army officer and courtier, the only son of John Bloomfield, of Newport, co. Tipperary, a lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, Anne (d. 1828), daughter of Samuel Waller, barrister, and sister of Sir Robert Waller, baronet...

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Borlase, Sir John (c. 1576–1648), army officer and politician, was born in Cornwall, the eldest son of Edward Borlase of London, mercer, and Suzannah Isham. He matriculated as a pensioner from King's College, Cambridge, about 1591 but did not graduate, being admitted to the ...

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Sir John Borlase (c. 1576–1648) by Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt, 1625 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Robert Brownrigg, first baronet (1759–1833) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1809 courtesy of the Director, National Army Museum, London

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Brownrigg, Sir Robert, first baronet (1759–1833), army officer and colonial governor, was born at Rockingham, co. Wicklow, Ireland, the second of the four sons of Henry Brownrigg (d. 1793) and his wife, Mary Alcock (d. 1819). Gazetted as ensign in 1775, his progress in the army was at first slow, his family lacking both wealth and influence. However, on 8 April 1789 ...

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Burgh, Ulysses Bagenal de, second Baron Downes (1788–1863), army officer, only son of Thomas Burgh (d. June 1810), comptroller-general and commissioner of the revenue of Ireland, and his wife, Anne, daughter of David Aigoin, was born in Dublin on 15 August 1788. He had two sisters. ...

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Butler, Richard, first earl of Arran (1639–1686), army officer, was born on 15 June 1639, probably in Ireland, the fifth son of James Butler, twelfth earl and later first duke of Ormond (1610–1688), and his wife, Elizabeth Butler (1615–1684), Lady Dingwall in her own right, daughter and heir of ...

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Caulfeild, William, first Viscount Charlemont (1625–1671), army officer and politician, was the third son of William Caulfeild, second Baron Caulfeild of Charlemont (bap. 1587, d. 1640), and his wife, Mary (d. 1663), daughter of Sir John King of Boyle Abbey, co. Roscommon...

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Chichester, Arthur, Baron Chichester (1563–1625), army officer and administrator, was born at Raleigh, Devon, in May 1563, and was five and a half years old when his father died on 30 November 1568. He was the second son (in a family of seven sons and nine daughters) of ...

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Sir (Galbraith) Lowry Cole (1772–1842) by William Dyce, c. 1834–5 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cole, Sir (Galbraith) Lowry (1772–1842), army officer and colonial governor, the second son of William Willoughby Cole, first earl of Enniskillen (1736–1803), and his wife, Anne (1742–1802), the daughter of Galbraith Lowry Corry, of Ahenis, co. Tipperary, and the sister of the first earl of Belmore...

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Cole, Sir William (bap. 1576, d. 1653), army officer and landowner in Ulster, was baptized on 7 October 1576 at St Mary Woolnoth, London, the only son of Emmanuel Cole (c.1542–1592?), a member of the Goldsmiths' Company, of St Botolph, Aldersgate...

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Colley, Sir George Pomeroy Pomeroy- (1835–1881), army officer, was born in Dublin on 1 November 1835, the third and youngest son of the Hon. George Francis Colley, formerly Pomeroy (1797–1879), commander in the Royal Navy, of Rathnangan, co. Kildare, and his wife, Frances (...

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Sir George Pomeroy Pomeroy- Colley (1835–1881) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bryan Ricco Cooper (1884–1930) by Chancellor © National Portrait Gallery, London