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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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Edmund Charles Blunden (1896–1974) by Ralph Hodgson, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blunden, Edmund Charles (1896–1974), poet and university teacher, was born on 1 November 1896 at 54A Tottenham Court Road, London, the eldest of the nine children (five sons and four daughters) of Charles Edmund Blunden (1871–1951) and his wife, Georgina Margaret (1868–1967), daughter of ...

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Chamberlayne, Thomas (fl. 1609–1638), soldier and expert on Russia, began his eighteen-year military career as a sentinel and rose to the rank of captain; nothing is known about his birth, family, or education. In 1609, with the approval of the English government, he assisted ...

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Cunningham, Sir Alexander (1814–1893), army officer in the East India Company and archaeologist, was born at John Street, Westminster, on 23 January 1814, the second son of Allan Cunningham (1784–1842), Scottish poet and author, and his wife, Jean, née Walker (1791–1864), and brother of ...

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Cust, Sir Edward, baronet (1794–1878), army officer, historian, and politician, sixth son of Brownlow Cust, first Baron Brownlow (1744–1807), and his second wife, Frances (1756–1847), née Bankes, and brother of John Cust, first Earl Brownlow, was born at 30 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London...

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D'Auvergne, Edward (1665–1737), historian and army chaplain, belonged to the ancient D'Auvergne family of St Ouen, on the island of Jersey. He was the third son of Philip D'Auvergne (d. 1690) and Madeleine le Maistre (d. c.1712). At his baptism on 17 February 1665 he was presented by ...

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Donnelly, Sir John Fretcheville Dykes (1834–1902), army officer and promoter of scientific education, born in the Bay of Bombay on 2 July 1834, was the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Donnelly (1802–1881), deputy adjutant-general of the Bombay army, and from 1851 staff captain and afterwards staff officer at the ...

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Duleep Singh, Prince Frederick Victor (1868–1926), army officer and antiquarian, was born on 23 January 1868 at 99 Onslow Square, Kensington, London, the third son and third of seven children of Duleep Singh (1838–1893), the former maharaja of Lahore, deposed following the conquest of the ...

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Findlay, Alexander George, the younger (1812–1875), geographer and hydrographer, was born in London on 6 January 1812.

His father, Alexander Findlay the elder (1790–1870), engraver and cartographic and hydrographic publisher, was born on 7 December 1788 in Bermondsey, Surrey (where he was baptized at ...

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Alexander Forbes, fourth Lord Forbes of Pitsligo (1678–1762) by Alexis-Simon Belle, 1720 [detail] private collection

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Forbes, Alexander, fourth Lord Forbes of Pitsligo (1678–1762), philosopher and Jacobite army officer, only son of the third lord, Alexander Forbes (c.1655–1690), and Lady Sophia Erskine (fl. 1676–1734), third daughter of John, twentieth earl of Mar, was born on 24 May 1678. He succeeded to the estates and title on the death of his father in 1690. ...

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Fox, Charles Richard (1796–1873), army officer and numismatist, eldest child of Henry Richard Vassall Fox, third Baron Holland (1773–1840), and Elizabeth Vassall Fox (1771?–1845), daughter of Richard Vassall, was born on 6 November 1796 at Brompton Park House, London, eight months before his mother's divorce from ...

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Fox, Sir (George) Malcolm (1843–1918), army officer and advocate of physical training, was born at 7 Wardwick, Derby, on 4 March 1843, younger son of Douglas Fox (1798–1885), surgeon (elder brother of Sir Charles Fox, 1810–1879, civil engineer), and his wife, Marianne (1814–1898)...

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Gainsford, Thomas (bap. 1566, d. 1624), soldier and historian, from a Surrey gentry family, was baptized on 16 December 1566, the son of Henry Gainsford (d. 1574), London goldsmith, and his wife, Mary Johnson. Gainsford has often been confused with other members of the ...

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Sir John Bagot Glubb (1897–1986) by Howard Coster, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Glubb, Sir John Bagot [known as Abu Hunaik; called Glubb Pasha] (1897–1986), army officer and Arabist, was born on 16 April 1897 in Preston, Lancashire, the only son and younger child of Sir Frederic Manley Glubb, a major in the Royal Engineers...

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Kelly, Benedictus Marwood (1785–1867), naval officer and benefactor, was born at Holsworthy, Devon, on 3 February 1785, and baptized on 1 September 1790 (the date sometimes given for his birth), the second son of Benedictus Marwood Kelly (d. 1836) of Holsworthy, attorney, and his wife, ...

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Lawton, Harold Walter (1899–2005), soldier and French scholar, was born on 27 July 1899 at 28 Grove Street, Burslem, Staffordshire, the son of William Thomas Coates Lawton, potter's tile fixer, and later owner of a tile-laying and mosaics business, and his wife, Alice, ...

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Low, James (1791–1852), army officer in the East India Company and Siamese scholar, was born at Kettle, Fifeshire, on 4 April 1791, the son of Alexander Low and his wife, Ann, née Thomson. He received a Madras army cadetship in 1811, and on 11 June 1812 was appointed ensign ...