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date: 28 February 2021

Best, Sigismund Paynelocked

  • D. Cameron Watt


Best, Sigismund Payne (1885–1978), intelligence officer, was born on 14 April 1885 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the son of Dr George Payne Best (1844–1907), then senior physician at Birmingham General Hospital, and his wife, Catherine Sophia Allison (1846–1907). His maternal grandmother was said to have been the daughter of an Indian maharaja. He was privately educated in ...

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