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Biondi, Sir Giovanni Francesco (1572–1644), diplomat and romance writer, was born at Lesina (now Hvar), Croatia. His family, whose surname was Biundović until the 1600s, was noble but of modest means. Giovanni took a law degree at Padua and, after a period in ...

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Jackson, Sir Robert Gillman Allen (1911–1991), international administrator, was born on 8 November 1911 in Hawksburn, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, the second son of Archibald Jackson (1858–1928), Scottish engineer and businessman, and his second wife, Kathleen Crooke (1872–1943), a nurse, daughter of ...

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Palavicino, Sir Horatio (c. 1540–1600), merchant and diplomat, was born in Genoa, Italy, the second son of Tobias Palavicino (d. c.1580), a well-connected merchant aristocrat, and his wife, Battina (1522–1607), the daughter of Andrea Spinola. The family firm handled the papal monopoly of alum, an essential ingredient in the dyeing process, from the mines at ...