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Ainslie, George Robert (1776–1839), army officer and numismatist, was born near Edinburgh, the eldest son of Sir Philip Ainslie (1728–1802) of Pilton, Midlothian, landowner and army officer, and his wife, the Hon. Elizabeth Gray, fifth daughter of John, twelfth Lord Gray...

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Bizzarri [Bizari], Pietro (b. 1525, d. in or after 1586), historian and spy, was born probably in Sassoferrato Castello (Marche), Italy, the son of Antonio Bizzarri, a soldier who died in 1528. He must also have lived in Perugia, hence his common description as ...

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John Bourchier, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533) attrib. Ambrosius Benson, c. 1521–6 Galerie Jan der Maere

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Bourchier, John, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator, was the son of Sir Humphrey Bourchier (d. 1471) and Elizabeth (d. 1497), daughter and sole heir of Frederick Tilney of Boston, Lincolnshire. His father, a Yorkist, was killed at the battle of ...

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Cunningham, Joseph Davey (1812–1851), army officer in the East India Company and historian, was born in Lambeth on 9 June 1812, the eldest son of Allan Cunningham (1784–1842), Scottish poet and author, and his wife, Jean, née Walker (1791–1864). Among his brothers were ...

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Elliot, Robert James (1790–1849), naval officer and topographical draughtsman, was born on 12 May 1790 in Wheldrake, Yorkshire, and baptized there on 30 May, the son of the Revd Robert Elliot (a younger brother of the governor-general of Bengal, Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound, ...

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Jones, David (fl. 1675–1720), spy and historian, was the son of the Revd John Jones of Llanbadarn Odwyn, Cardiganshire, one of the earliest nonconformist ministers in that part of Wales. According to John Dunton, he was 'designed for the ministry, but began to teach school, and from that employment turned author and corrector for the press...

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Latter, Thomas (1816–1853), army officer in the East India Company and Burmese scholar, son of Major Barré Latter, an officer who distinguished himself in the Anglo-Nepal War of 1814–16, was born in India. He obtained a commission as ensign in 1836 from the ...

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Monteith, William (1790–1864), army officer in the East India Company, diplomatist, and historian, son of William Monteith and his wife, Janet Goodwin, was born in the Abbey parish, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 22 June 1790. On 18 March 1809 he was appointed a lieutenant in the ...

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Newbold, Thomas John (1807–1850), army officer in the East India Company and oriental scholar, son of Francis Newbold, surgeon, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, was born in Macclesfield on 8 February 1807. He was commissioned ensign in the 23rd regiment Madras light infantry in 1828, and arrived in ...

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Polier, Antoine Louis Henri (bap. 1741, d. 1795), military engineer and collector of oriental manuscripts, was baptized on 28 February 1741 at Lausanne, Switzerland, the younger son of Jacques Henri Polier (bap. 1700, d. 1781), of a French protestant family which had settled in ...

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Scott, Walter, of Satchells (b. 1613, d. in or after 1688), soldier and genealogist, was the son of Robert Scott of Satchells, Roxburghshire, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Sir Robert Scott of Thirlestane, and the great-grandson of Walter Scott of Sinton and ...

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Slezer, John (d. 1717), army officer and topographical draughtsman, came from a German-speaking area of Europe, perhaps the upper Rhineland, but his parentage is unknown. In his early years he may have been attached in a military capacity to the house of Orange...

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Vyse, Richard William Howard (1784–1853), army officer and Egyptologist, born on 25 July 1784, was the only son of General Richard Vyse and his second wife, Anne (only surviving daughter and heir of Field Marshal Sir George Howard), whom he married on 20 May 1780....