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Alexander, Du Pre, second earl of Caledon (1777–1839), politician and colonial administrator, was born on 14 December 1777, the only son of James Alexander (1730–1802), first earl of Caledon, of Caledon Castle, co. Tyrone, and his wife, Anne (d. 1777), daughter of ...

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Amherst, William Pitt, first Earl Amherst of Arracan (1773–1857), diplomatist and governor-general of Bengal, was born on 14 January 1773 in Bath, the first of three children of Lieutenant-General William Amherst (1732–1781), aide-de-camp to the king, governor of St John's, Newfoundland, and adjutant-general of the army, and his wife, ...

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Andros, Sir Edmund (1637–1714), colonial governor, was born in London on 6 December 1637, the third of the eight children of Amias Andros (1610–1674), master of ceremonies to Charles I and seigneur of Sausmarez in Guernsey, and his wife, Elizabeth (1610–1686), daughter of ...

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Baring, Thomas George, first earl of Northbrook (1826–1904), politician and viceroy of India, was born at 16 Cumberland Street, London, on 22 January 1826, the eldest son of Sir Francis Thornhill Baring, third baronet and later first Baron Northbrook (1796–1866), and his first wife, ...

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Barkly, Sir Henry (1815–1898), colonial governor, was born on 24 February 1815 at Highbury, Middlesex, the only surviving son of Aeneas Barkly (1768–1836), formerly of Kirkton Farm, Cromarty, Scotland, and his wife, Susannah Louisa, née ffrith, the orphan daughter of a Jamaican planter. He was educated at ...

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Barlow, Sir George Hilaro, first baronet (1763–1846), acting governor-general of Bengal, was born on 20 January 1763, the fourth or fifth of five sons of William Barlow (d. 1798), mercer of King Street, Covent Garden, and of Hilaire, née Butcher (d...

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Bentinck, Lord William Henry Cavendish- [known as Lord William Bentinck] (1774–1839), army officer, diplomatist, and governor-general of India, was born on 14 September 1774 at Burlington House in London, the second son of William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, third duke of Portland (1738–1809)...

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Bernard, Sir Francis, first baronet (1712–1779), colonial governor, was born in July 1712, in Brightwell parish, Berkshire, the son and namesake of Anglican minister Francis Bernard (1660–1715) and his wife, Margery Winlowe (1682–1718). Following the death of his mother he was raised by an uncle. He was educated at ...

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Bligh, William (1754–1817), naval officer and colonial governor, was born in Plymouth on 9 September 1754, the only son of Francis Bligh (1721–1780) and his wife, Jane Pearse, née Balsam (d. c.1770). The Bligh family had long resided at Tinten in ...

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Bourdillon, Sir Bernard Henry (1883–1948), colonial governor, was born on 3 December 1883 at Emu Bay, Tasmania, the eldest son of the Revd Bernard Keene Bourdillon (1855–1888), cleric, and Laura Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Townsend of co. Cork. He won scholarships to Tonbridge School...

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Bowen, Sir George Ferguson (1821–1899), colonial governor, born in Ireland on 2 November 1821, was the eldest son of Edward Bowen, later rector of Taughboyne, co. Donegal. He was educated at Charterhouse School and as a scholar of Trinity College, Oxford, where he matriculated on 16 June 1840. He was twice president of the ...

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Brownrigg, Sir Robert, first baronet (1759–1833), army officer and colonial governor, was born at Rockingham, co. Wicklow, Ireland, the second of the four sons of Henry Brownrigg (d. 1793) and his wife, Mary Alcock (d. 1819). Gazetted as ensign in 1775, his progress in the army was at first slow, his family lacking both wealth and influence. However, on 8 April 1789 ...

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Campbell, John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland, marquess of Lorne and ninth duke of Argyll (1845–1914), governor-general of Canada, was born on 6 August 1845 at Stafford House, London, the eldest son of George Douglas Campbell, marquess of Lorne (1823–1900), and his wife, ...

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Canning, Charles John, Earl Canning (1812–1862), governor-general and first viceroy of India, was born on 14 December 1812 at Gloucester Lodge, an Italianate villa between Kensington and Brompton to the west of London, the third of the four children of George Canning (1770–1827)...

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Canning [née Stuart], Charlotte Elizabeth, Countess Canning (1817–1861), courtier and vicereine of India, was born at the British embassy in Paris on 31 March 1817, the elder of the two daughters of Sir Charles Stuart, later Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779–1845), diplomatist, and his wife, ...

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Carleton, Guy, first Baron Dorchester (1724–1808), army officer and colonial governor, was born on 3 September 1724 at Strabane, the third son of Christopher Carleton of Newry, co. Down, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of Henry Ball of co. Donegal. Upon the death of his father, after ...

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Clive, Robert, first Baron Clive of Plassey (1725–1774), army officer in the East India Company and administrator in India, was born on 29 September 1725 at Styche Hall, Moreton Say, near Market Drayton in Shropshire, the eldest of the thirteen children of Richard Clive (...

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Colborne, John, first Baron Seaton (1778–1863), army officer and colonial governor, younger child of Samuel Colborne (d. 1785), a landowner of Lyndhurst, Hampshire, and his wife, Cordelia Ann (d. 1791), only daughter of John Garstin of Leragh Castle and Ballykerrin, co. Westmeath...

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Cole, Sir (Galbraith) Lowry (1772–1842), army officer and colonial governor, the second son of William Willoughby Cole, first earl of Enniskillen (1736–1803), and his wife, Anne (1742–1802), the daughter of Galbraith Lowry Corry, of Ahenis, co. Tipperary, and the sister of the first earl of Belmore...

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Cornwallis, Charles, first Marquess Cornwallis (1738–1805), governor-general of India and lord lieutenant of Ireland, the sixth child and eldest son of Charles Cornwallis, fifth Baron and first Earl Cornwallis (1700–1762), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1785), daughter of Charles ‘Turnip’ Townshend, second Viscount Townshend...