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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...

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Arnold, Matthew (1822–1888), poet, writer, and inspector of schools, was born at Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex, on 24 December 1822, the eldest son and second of the nine surviving children of the Revd Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) and Mary Penrose Arnold (1791–1873). Thomas Arnold had been a fellow of ...

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Bacon, Sir Nicholas (1510–1579), lawyer and administrator, was born on Childermas day (28 December) 1510, the second son and one of the five children of Robert Bacon (d. 1548), yeoman and sheep-reeve to the abbot of Bury St Edmunds, and his wife, ...

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Blount, Charles, eighth Baron Mountjoy and earl of Devonshire (1563–1606), soldier and administrator, was the second son of James Blount, sixth Baron Mountjoy (1532/3–1581), nobleman [see under Blount, Charles, fifth Baron Mountjoy], and his wife, Catherine (d. 1576), daughter of ...

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Boyle, Richard, first earl of Cork (1566–1643), landowner and administrator, was born at Preston, near Faversham in Kent, on 13 October 1566, the second son of Roger Boyle (d. 1576), landowner, and his wife, Joan, daughter of Robert Naylor. Roger Boyle, a cadet of a ...

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Brand, Robert Henry, Baron Brand (1878–1963), merchant banker and public servant, was born on 30 October 1878 in Kensington, London, the seventh child and fourth son of Henry Robert Brand, second Viscount Hampden of Glynde (1841–1906), soldier, Liberal MP, and colonial governor, and his second wife, ...

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Carew, George, earl of Totnes (1555–1629), soldier and administrator, was born on 29 May 1555, the second son of George Carew (1497/8–1583), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne (d. 1605), daughter of Sir Nicholas Harvey and his second wife, Bridget...

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Carey, Henry, first Baron Hunsdon (1526–1596), courtier and administrator, was born on 4 March 1526, the only son of William Carey (c. 1496–1528), courtier, of Aldenham, Hertfordshire, and his wife, Mary [see Stafford, Mary (c. 1499-1543)], royal mistress, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, ...

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Cave, Sir Ambrose (c. 1503–1568), knight of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem and administrator, was the fourth or fifth son of Richard Cave (d. 1542) of Stanford, Northamptonshire, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of John Saxby of Northampton. He satisfied the criteria of nobility of birth necessary for admission as a knight of the English ...

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Curtis, Lionel George (1872–1955), writer and public servant, was born at The Outwoods, near Derby, on 7 March 1872, the youngest of four children of the Revd George James Curtis (d. 1904), rector of Coddington church, Ledbury, Herefordshire, and his wife, Frances (...

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Deedes, Sir Wyndham Henry (1883–1956), army officer, civil administrator, and social worker, was born on 10 March 1883 at 19 Westbourne Place, Belgravia, London, the second son of Colonel Herbert George Deedes, assistant under-secretary of state for war, and his wife, Rose Eleanor (...

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Farrer, Dame Frances Margaret (1895–1977), public servant, was born on 17 March 1895 at 24a Bryanston Square, London, the first daughter and middle child of Thomas Cecil Farrer (1859–1940), second Baron Farrer of Abinger, and his wife, Evelyn Mary, née Spring-Rice (1862–1898), musician and daughter of ...

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Gargrave, Sir Thomas (1494/5–1579), administrator and speaker of the House of Commons, was born in 1494 or 1495 in Wakefield, the son of Thomas Gargrave and Elizabeth, daughter of William Levett of Normanton. He received a legal education at either Gray's Inn or the ...

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Giffard, John Anthony Hardinge [Tony], third earl of Halsbury (1908–2000), scientist and public servant, was born on 4 June 1908 at Ennismore Gardens, London. He was the only son and elder child of Hardinge Goulborn Giffard, second earl of Halsbury (1880–1943), barrister and recorder of ...

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Gomme, Sir (George) Laurence (1853–1916), public servant and folklorist, was born on 18 December 1853 at 3 Cecil Street, Stepney, London, the second of ten children of William Laurence Gomme (1828–1887), a civil engineer, and his wife, Mary Annie, née Hall (1831–1921). On 31 March 1875 he married ...

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Grimston, Edward (1507/8–1600), soldier and administrator, was born between February 1507 and February 1508, probably at Thorndon, Suffolk, or at Ipswich, elder son (at his father's death he had a brother and two sisters) of Edward Grimston (1462–1520), gentleman, of Thorndon (probably Rishangles Lodge...

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Grubb, Sir Kenneth George (1900–1980), missionary and public servant, was born on 9 September 1900 in Oxton, Nottinghamshire, the youngest in the family of three sons and one daughter of the rector of the village, Harry Percy Grubb, and his wife, Margaret Adelaide Crichton-Stuart...

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Hamond, Sir Andrew Snape, first baronet (1738–1828), naval officer and administrator, was born in Blackheath, Kent, on 17 December 1738, the youngest child and only son of Robert Hamond (1704/5–1775), a shipowner of modest means, and his wife, Susannah Snape. Robert Hamond owned five ships in 1748, but then lost two, and, in his son's words, '...

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Helps, Sir Arthur (1813–1875), public servant and author, was born in Balham Hill, Surrey, on 10 July 1813, the fourth and youngest son of Thomas Helps (1772–1842), a London merchant, alderman, and treasurer of St Bartholomew's Hospital. His mother was Ann Frisquet Plucknett (1777–1851)...

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Herbert, Henry, second earl of Pembroke (b. in or after 1538, d. 1601), nobleman and administrator, was the elder son of William Herbert, first earl of Pembroke (1506/7–1570), and his first wife, Anne Herbert (b. before 1514, d. 1552) [see under Herbert, William (1506/7-1570)...