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Sir Robert Anderson (1841–1918) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the third son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary née Lee. The second son, Sir Samuel Lee Anderson (...

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Charles Blount, eighth Baron Mountjoy and earl of Devonshire (1563–1606) by Nicholas Hilliard, 1587 by permission of the Trustees of the Carew Pole Family Trusts; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blount, Charles, eighth Baron Mountjoy and earl of Devonshire (1563–1606), soldier and administrator, was the second son of James Blount, sixth Baron Mountjoy (1532/3–1581), nobleman [see under Blount, Charles, fifth Baron Mountjoy], and his wife, Catherine (d. 1576), daughter of ...

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Bowes, Sir George (1527–1580), soldier and administrator, was the eldest surviving son of Richard Bowes, esquire (c.1497–1558), soldier, and his wife [see Bowes, Elizabeth (bap. 1505, d. in or before 1572)], the coheir of William Aske of Aske in the ...

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Browne, Sir Richard, first baronet (c. 1602–1669), parliamentarian army officer and lord mayor of London, was born in London, the second son of John Browne (or Moses) of Wokingham, Berkshire, and London, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Beard of Wokingham. Very little is known about ...

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Cannon, Richard (1779–1865), civil servant and military historian, was educated at Christ's Hospital, London. On 1 January 1802 he was appointed to a clerkship at the Horse Guards, one of fifteen clerks administering the adjutant-general's department. In 1805 he was made principal clerk of the adjutant-general's office, which appointment he held for nearly fifty years. Reputedly, ...

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George Carew, earl of Totnes (1555–1629) by Robert van Voerst, pubd 1633 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carew, George, earl of Totnes (1555–1629), soldier and administrator, was born on 29 May 1555, the second son of George Carew (1497/8–1583), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne (d. 1605), daughter of Sir Nicholas Harvey and his second wife, Bridget...

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Carteret, Sir George, first baronet (1610?–1680), naval officer and administrator, was the eldest son of Elie de Carteret (c.1585–1640), and his wife, Elizabeth Dumaresq (d. 1640). This cadet line of the Carterets had for generations held the manor of ...

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Cecil, Lord Edward Herbert Gascoyne- (1867–1918), army officer and administrator, was born in London on 12 July 1867, the fourth son and sixth of eight children of Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, third marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903), prime minister, and his wife, Georgina Caroline (1827–1899)...

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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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Clinton, Sir William Henry (1769–1846), army officer and administrator, was born on 23 December 1769 in Lyons, France, the elder son of General Sir Henry Clinton (1730–1795) and his wife, Harriet, daughter of Thomas Carter. William and his younger brother, Sir Henry Clinton...

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Henry Cromwell (1628–1674) by Christiaan Janszoon Dusart unknown collection; photograph Sotheby's Picture Library, London / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cromwell, Henry (1628–1674), soldier, politician, and lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born on 20 January 1628 at Huntingdon and baptized there at All Saints' Church on 29 January, the fifth of nine children and fourth among the five sons of Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658)...

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Dale, Sir Thomas (d. 1619), soldier and administrator, is of unknown parentage. Given his letter to the states general (1618) which boasted of thirty years' employment in the Dutch cause, he was probably a common soldier in the earl of Leicester's expedition to the ...

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Danvers, Henry, earl of Danby (1573–1644), army officer and administrator, was born on 28 June 1573 at Dauntsey, Wiltshire, the second son of Sir John Danvers (1540–1594), landowner, of Dauntsey and the Hon. Elizabeth (1545×50–1630), youngest daughter and coheir of John Neville, fourth Baron Latimer...

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Sir Wyndham Henry Deedes (1883–1956) by Elliott & Fry, 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Deedes, Sir Wyndham Henry (1883–1956), army officer, civil administrator, and social worker, was born on 10 March 1883 at 19 Westbourne Place, Belgravia, London, the second son of Colonel Herbert George Deedes, assistant under-secretary of state for war, and his wife, Rose Eleanor (...