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Acworth, George (1534–1581x6), administrator and scholar, was born in London in 1534, the son of Thomas Acworth, a merchant taylor of London, and his wife, Anne. Thomas came from Bedfordshire, where his father, also named George, had been elected knight of the shire for that county in 1529. During his youth ...

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Bodley, Sir Thomas (1545–1613), scholar, diplomat, and founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, was born on 2 March 1545 in a house on the corner of High Street and Gandy Street, Exeter, the eldest son of John Bodley (c. 1520–1591), religious radical and publisher, of ...

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Bunsen, Christian Karl Josias von, Baron von Bunsen in the Prussian nobility (1791–1860), diplomatist and scholar, was born on 25 August 1791 in Korbach, in the German principality of Waldeck, the only child of Heinrich Christian Bunsen (1743–1820), a regimental officer, and his second wife, ...

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Henry Thomas Colebrooke (1765–1837) by Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey, 1820 The British Library

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Colebrooke, Henry Thomas (1765–1837), administrator in India and scholar, was born in London on 15 June 1765, youngest son of Sir George Colebrooke, second baronet (1729–1809), banker and for four years chairman of the East India Company (1769–73), and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Cranmer, George (1564–1600), administrator and scholar, was born in Kent, the eldest son of Thomas Cranmer (d. in or after 1600) and his wife, Anne Carpenter. Thomas was the son of Edmund Cranmer, archdeacon of Canterbury, and the nephew of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer...

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Dickinson, Goldsworthy Lowes (1862–1932), scholar and advocate of a league of nations, was born on 6 August 1862 at Langham Chambers, near Oxford Circus, London, the third of the five children of Lowes Cato Dickinson (1819–1908) and his wife, Margaret Ellen (d...

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Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson (1862–1932) by Roger Fry, 1925 The Provost and Scholars of King's College, Cambridge

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Dorislaus, Isaac (1595–1649), scholar and diplomat, was born at Alkmaar in Holland, the son of Lieven Dorislaer (1555–1652), burgher and later Calvinist minister of Hensbrock (1627), then Enkhuizen (1628). The second of three sons (tellingly named Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), he was educated from 1610 at ...

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Douglas, William, first marquess of Douglas (1589–1660), magnate and scholar, was the eldest son of William Douglas, tenth earl of Angus (c. 1554–1611), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. in or after 1611), daughter of Laurence Oliphant, fourth Lord Oliphant. From early childhood, the ...

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Elyot, Sir Thomas (c. 1490–1546), humanist and diplomat, was the only son of Sir Richard Elyot (d. 1522) and his first wife, Alice Delamere, a descendant of the Finderns of Derbyshire. Alice died about 1510 and Sir Richard subsequently married Elizabeth Besilles, whose father, ...

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Sir Thomas Elyot (c. 1490–1546) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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George Hamilton- Gordon, fourth earl of Aberdeen (1784–1860) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1829–30 private collection

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Gordon, George Hamilton-, fourth earl of Aberdeen (1784–1860), prime minister and scholar, first child of six sons and a daughter of George Gordon, Lord Haddo (1764–1791), and his wife, Charlotte (or Charles; d. 1795), the youngest daughter of William Baird of Newbyth, Haddingtonshire...

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Gowers, Sir Ernest Arthur (1880–1966), public servant and writer of reference works, was born in London on 2 June 1880, the younger of the two sons among the four children of Sir William Richard Gowers (1845–1915), physician, and his wife, Mary (d...

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Harvey, Sir (Henry) Paul (1869–1948), civil servant and writer of reference books, was born on 1 October 1869 in Paris, France, the son of Henri Joseph François de Triqueti, baron de Triqueti (1804–1874), a respected French sculptor, whose commissions included the cenotaph of ...

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Head, Sir Edmund Walker, eighth baronet (1805–1868), governor-in-chief of British North America and scholar, was born on 16 February 1805 at Wiarton Place, near Maidstone, Kent, the son of Revd Sir John Head (d. 1838), a clergyman, and his wife, Jane, the daughter of ...

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Sir Justinian Isham, second baronet (1611–1675) by Samuel Cooper, 1653 Lamport Hall Preservation Trust

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Isham, Sir Justinian, second baronet (1611–1675), scholar and politician, was born on 20 January 1611 at Lamport Hall, Lamport, Northamptonshire, and was baptized at Lamport on 3 February. He was the third child and only son of Sir John Isham, first baronet (1582–1651)...