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Alexander, William, styled sixth earl of Stirling (1726–1783), army officer in America, was born on 25 December 1726 in New York city, one of seven children of James Alexander (1691–1756), a surveyor, lawyer, and politician, and Mary Spratt Provoost (1693–1760), a rich merchant and the daughter of ...

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Bell, Sir Charles Alfred (1870–1945), administrator in India and Tibetologist, was born in Fort William, Calcutta, on 31 October 1870, the third son of Henry Bell, of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, Anne, daughter of George Dumbell, of Douglas, Isle of Man...

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G. S. Woods

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Bond, William Bennett (1815–1906), archbishop of Montreal, born at Truro on 15 September 1815, was the son of John Bond, grocer, of that town, and his wife, Nanny Bennett. He received his early education at Truro and in London. Subsequently he emigrated to ...

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Bourke, Sir Richard (1777–1855), army officer and colonial governor, was born on 4 May 1777 in Britain Street, Dublin, the only son of John Bourke of Dromsally, co. Limerick, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Edmund Ryan of Boscable, co. Tipperary. He was educated at ...

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G. C. Boase

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Bowen, John (1815–1859), bishop of Sierra Leone, son of Thomas Bowen, captain in the 85th regiment, and his third wife, Mary, daughter of the Revd John Evans, chaplain to the garrison at Placentia, Newfoundland, was born at Court, near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, on 21 November 1815. At twelve years of age he was sent to school at ...

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Joseph Brant (1743–1807) by Gilbert Stuart, 1786 [detail] Collection of the Duke of Northumberland. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Brant, Joseph [Thayendanegea] (1743–1807), leader of the Mohawk Indians, was born in 1743, probably in March, in or near Cuyahoga (near present-day Akron, Ohio). His parents, Peter Tehowaghwengaraghkwin and Margaret (fl. 1735–1780), were ordinary Mohawks with limited links to the tribe's leading families....

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Browne, Thomas Alexander [pseud. Rolf Boldrewood] (1826–1915), novelist, was born in London on 6 August 1826, the eldest child of Sylvester John Brown, merchant and shipowner, and his wife, Elizabeth Angell, née Alexander. He lived in Australia from the age of five, when his father settled in ...

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George Wyndham Hamilton Knight- Bruce (1852–1896) by unknown engraver, pubd 1896 (after Ball) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bruce, George Wyndham Hamilton Knight- (1852–1896), bishop of Mashonaland, was born on 23 March 1852 at Keston, Kent, the eldest son of Lewis Bruce Knight-Bruce (b. 1820), of Roehampton Priory, Surrey, and his wife, Caroline Margaret Eliza, the only daughter of Thomas Newte...

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Bull, Hedley Norman (1932–1985), scholar of international relations, was born on 10 June 1932 in Englewood Hospital, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, the third and youngest child of (Joseph) Norman Bull (1891–1972), insurance broker, and his wife, Doris Annie, née Hordern (1893–1967), whose family had developed a chain of department stores in ...

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T. B. Browning

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Campbell, Sir Alexander (1822–1892), lawyer and politician in Canada, born in Hedon, near Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, on 9 March 1822, was the son of James Campbell, a physician of Scottish parentage, and his wife, Lavinia Scatcherd. After living for some time in ...

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Carslaw, Horatio Scott (1870–1954), mathematician, was born on 12 February 1870 at Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, the fifth son of William Henderson Carslaw, a Free Church minister, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Lockhead. After an early education at Glasgow Academy he attended Glasgow University...

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William Branwhite Clarke (1798–1878) by William Macleod, 1878? by permission of the National Library of Australia / Sydney Mail supplement

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Clarke, William Branwhite (1798–1878), geologist and Church of England clergyman, was born on 2 June 1798 at East Bergholt, Suffolk, the eldest of the five children of William Clarke (d. 1829), headmaster of the East Bergholt Free School and his wife, Sarah (...

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Claxton, (Brian) Brooke (1898–1960), politician in Canada, was born on 23 August 1898 in Montreal, the only child of Alfred George Brooke Claxton (1866–1945) and his wife, Blanche Lovat Simpson. The young Brooke Claxton was born to a privileged family in the rather conservative protestant circles of English ...

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Currie, Sir Frederick, first baronet (1799–1875), administrator in India, was born in London on 3 February 1799, the third son of Mark Currie (1759–1835), a distiller of Duke Street, Bloomsbury, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1856), daughter of John Close of Easby, Yorkshire...

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Dalgety, Frederick Gonnerman (1817–1894), wool merchant and sheep farmer, was born on 3 December 1817 in Canada, where his father was a lieutenant in the Irish fusiliers; he had at least two younger half-brothers. Nothing is known of his education or early career before his arrival in ...

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Davie, Donald Alfred (1922–1995), poet and literary critic, was born on 17 July 1922 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, the son of George Davie (d. 1965), a shopkeeper and deacon of the local Baptist chapel, and his wife, Alice, née Sugden (d. 1968)...