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Abell, Sir George Edmond Brackenbury (1904–1989), administrator in India, was born on 22 June 1904 in Sanderstead, Surrey, the eldest in the family of two sons and two daughters of George Foster Abell, director of Lloyds Bank, and his wife, Jessie Elizabeth Brackenbury...

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Adam, William Patrick (1823–1881), politician and administrator in India, was the elder son of Admiral Sir Charles Adam (1780–1853) of Blairadam, Kinross. His mother was Elizabeth (d. 1871), daughter of Patrick Brydone, FRS. Born at Ancrum, Roxburghshire, on 14 September 1823, Adam...

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Ali, Abdullah Yusuf (1872–1953), Indian civil servant and Islamic scholar, was born on 4 April 1872 in Surat, Gujarat, India. His father, Yusuf Ali Allahbuksh, otherwise Khan Bahadur Yusuf Ali, a Shi'i in the Dawoodi Bohra tradition, had abandoned the traditional occupation of his community, business, and entered instead the police force, being presented on retirement with the title of ...

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Arthur, Sir George, first baronet (1784–1854), colonial official, the youngest son of John Arthur of Plymouth, maltster, brewer, landowner, councillor, mayor, and 'gentleman', and of Catherine, daughter of Thomas Cornish, 'gentleman' of East Portlemouth, near Salcombe, was born in Plymouth on 21 June 1784. He was commissioned ensign in the ...

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Barbour, Sir David Miller (1841–1928), administrator in India and writer on monetary issues, was born at Omagh, co. Tyrone, Ireland, on 29 December 1841, the fifth child of Miller Barbour and his wife, Margaret Denny, into an established family of farmers and small landowners at ...

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Barwell, Richard (1741–1804), East India Company servant, was born in Calcutta on 8 October 1741, the second of the four sons of William Barwell (1705–1769), governor of Fort William, Bengal (1748–9), afterwards a director of the East India Company, and his third wife, ...

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Beadon, Sir Cecil (1816–1880), administrator in India, born on 22 December 1816, was the youngest son of Richard Beadon (son of Richard Beadon, bishop of Bath and Wells) and his wife, Annabella A'Court. Educated at Eton College and Shrewsbury School, Beadon joined the ...

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Bentwich, Norman de Mattos (1883–1971), colonial official and exponent of Jewish ideals, was born in London on 28 February 1883, the elder son and second of eleven children of Herbert Bentwich (1856–1932) and his wife, Susannah, daughter of Joseph Solomon, leather merchant, and sister of ...

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Bradford, Sir Edward Ridley Colborne, first baronet (1836–1911), administrator in India and police officer, was born on 27 July 1836 at Hambleden Cottage, Buckinghamshire, the second son of William Mussage Kirkwall Bradford (1806–1872), who was rector successively of Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire; Weeke, Hampshire...

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Burke, William (1728x30–1798), political writer and administrator in India, was the eldest son of John Burke (d. 1764), attorney, of St Marylebone, London, and Plaistow, Essex, and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Burke, a London vintner. He entered Westminster School...

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Butler, Sir Montagu Sherard Dawes (1873–1952), administrator in India and college head, born at Julian Hill, Harrow, on 19 May 1873, was the third son of Spencer Perceval Butler, barrister, of Lincoln's Inn, later conveyancing counsel to the High Court of Justice and the ...

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Butler, Sir (Spencer) Harcourt (1869–1938), administrator in India, was born in London on 1 August 1869, the second of the nine sons of Spencer Perceval Butler, barrister, of Lincoln's Inn, conveyancing counsel to the office of works, and his wife, Mary, only child of the ...

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Campbell, Sir George (1824–1892), administrator in India and author, was the eldest son of Sir George Campbell (d. 1854) of Edenwood, Fife, laird, and Margaret (d. 1873), daughter of Andrew Christie of Ferrybank. Knighted in 1833 for his services in preserving the peace in ...

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Carmichael, Thomas David Gibson, Baron Carmichael (1859–1926), administrator in India and art collector, was born at Castlecraig, near Edinburgh, on 18 March 1859, the eldest son of the Revd Sir William Henry Gibson Carmichael, tenth baronet (1827–1891), and his wife, Eleanora Anne (...

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Cavagnari, Sir Pierre Louis Napoleon (1841–1879), army and political officer in India, was born on 4 July 1841 at Stenay, département of the Meuse, France; he was the son of General Adolphe Cavagnari, an Italian of 'an ancient and noble Parmesan family' (...

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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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Colvin, Sir Auckland (1838–1908), administrator in India and Egypt, was born at Calcutta on 8 March 1838, the third son of the ten children of John Russell Colvin (1807–1857), lieutenant-governor of the North-Western Provinces, and his wife, Emma Sophia, daughter of Wetenhall Sneyd...

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Cowen, Sir Zelman (1919–2011), legal scholar, governor-general of Australia, and college head, was born Zelman Cohen on 7 October 1919 in St Kilda, Melbourne, the only son of Bernard Cohen, later Cowen (1892–1975), businessman, and his wife Sara, née Granat (1893–1989). In March 1922 his father changed his surname by deed poll. Both families were part of the mass exodus of Jews from tsarist ...

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Cox, Sir Percy Zachariah (1864–1937), diplomatist and colonial administrator, was born on 20 November 1864 at Herongate, Essex, the youngest of the three sons of Arthur Zachariah Cox, formerly Button (d. 1870), of Harwood Hall, Essex, deputy lieutenant of the county, and his wife ...

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Cunningham, Sir George (1888–1963), administrator in India, was born on 23 March 1888 at Broughty Ferry, on Tayside, Forfarshire. He was the third son of a jute merchant, James Cunningham. His mother, Anna, née Sandeman, died in 1892 when he was just four, and the family afterwards moved to ...