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Cárdenas, Alonso de Peralta, viscount of Villahermosa de Ambite (c. 1592–1666), diplomat, was born in Madrid, the second son of Don Urbán de Peralta, knight of Alcántara, and Doña Elvira de Cárdenas y Figueroa, sister of the fifth count of Puebla del Maestre...

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Casement, Roger David (1864–1916), diplomatist and Irish rebel, was born on 1 September 1864 at Doyle's Cottage, Lawson Terrace, Sandymount, near Dublin, the youngest son of Captain Roger Casement (1819–1877) of the 3rd dragoon guards. His father was of Ulster protestant stock and his mother, ...

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Cottington, Francis, first Baron Cottington (1579?–1652), diplomat and politician, was baptized at Pitcombe, Somerset, the third son of Philip Cottington (d. in or after 1611) of Godminster, near Pitcombe, and his wife, Jane, daughter of Thomas Biflete, also of Somerset. The ...

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Daubeney, Giles, first Baron Daubeney (1451/2–1508), administrator, soldier, and diplomat, was the elder son and heir of Sir William Daubeney (1424–1461) [see under Daubeney family] of South Petherton, Somerset, and his wife, Alice (b. 1432), third daughter and coheir of ...

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D'Éon de Beaumont, Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée, Chevalier D'Éon in the French nobility (1728–1810), diplomatist and transvestite, was born at the Hotel d'Uzès, Tonnerre, Burgundy, on 5 October 1728. He came of an old noble family, possibly of Breton origin, though, like much else about this extraordinary personage, his genealogical pretensions later gave rise to judicial proceedings. His father, ...

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Drummond, (James) Eric, seventh earl of Perth (1876–1951), diplomatist, was born on 17 August 1876 at the White House, Fulford, near York, the eldest of three sons and two daughters of James David Drummond, tenth Viscount Strathallan (1839–1893), army officer, of Machany, Perthshire...

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Grimston, Edward (d. 1478), administrator and diplomat, was the son of Robert Grimston, and of his wife, a daughter (name unknown) of Sir Anthony Spelman or Spilman. His place and date of birth are not known. His father, the second son of an old ...

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Harriman [née Digby; other married names Churchill, Hayward], Pamela Beryl (1920–1997), adventurer and diplomatist, was born on 20 March 1920 at Farnborough, Kent, the eldest of three daughters and oldest of the four children of Edward Kenelm Digby, eleventh Baron Digby...

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Henry of Lancaster [Henry of Grosmont], first duke of Lancaster (c. 1310–1361), soldier and diplomat, was the son of Henry, third earl of Lancaster (c. 1280–1345), and Maud Chaworth (d. 1317×22).

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Howard, Esme William, first Baron Howard of Penrith (1863–1939), diplomatist, was born at Greystoke Castle, Cumberland, on 15 September 1863, the youngest child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Henry Howard (1802–1875), landowner, of Greystoke Castle and Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire...

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Kelly, Sir David Victor (1891–1959), diplomatist, was born on 14 September 1891 in Adelaide, South Australia, the only child of David Frederick Kelly (1849–1894), professor of classics at the University of Adelaide, and Sophie Armstrong (d. 1933), daughter of the Revd Ignatius George Abeitshauer d'Arenberg...

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Kirkpatrick, Sir Ivone Augustine (1897–1964), diplomatist, was born on 3 February 1897 in Wellington, India, the elder son of Colonel Ivone Kirkpatrick (1860–1936) of the South Staffordshire regiment, and his wife, Mary (d. 1931), daughter of General Sir Arthur Edward Hardinge, later commander-in-chief, ...

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Lockhart, Sir Robert Hamilton Bruce (1887–1970), diplomatist and writer, was born on 2 September 1887 in Anstruther, Fife, the eldest of the five sons of Robert Bruce Lockhart, headmaster of the Waid Academy, Anstruther, and his wife, Florence Stuart, daughter of John Macgregor...

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Lyons, Richard Bickerton Pemell, Earl Lyons (1817–1887), diplomatist, was born on 26 April 1817 at Lymington, Hampshire, the elder son of Edmund Lyons, first Baron Lyons (1790–1858), naval officer and diplomatist, and his wife, Augusta Louisa, née Rogers (d. 1852). After attending ...

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O'Brien, Conor Cruise (1917–2008), diplomatist, politician, and author, was born Donal Conor David Dermod Donat Cruise O'Brien at 44 Leinster Road, Dublin, on 3 November 1917, the son of Francis Cruise O'Brien (d. 1927), journalist, and his wife, Kathleen (Katherine), née Sheehy (...

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O'Conor, Sir Nicholas Roderick (1843–1908), diplomatist, born at Dundermott, Ballymoe, co. Roscommon, on 3 July 1843, was the youngest of three sons of Patrick A. C. O'Conor, of Dundermott, and his wife, Jane, second daughter of Christopher Ffrench, of Frenchlawn, co. Roscommon. He was educated at ...

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Palairet, Sir (Charles) Michael (1882–1956), diplomatist, was born on 29 September 1882 at Berkeley, Gloucestershire, the second of three sons of Charles Harvey Palairet, army officer, of Westhill, Ledbury, Herefordshire, and his wife, Emily, née Henry. He was descended from a French family called ...

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Palgrave, William Gifford (1826–1888), traveller and diplomatist, was born at 22 Parliament Street, Westminster, London, on 24 January 1826. He was the second son of Sir Francis Palgrave (1788–1861), founder of the Public Record Office, whose name had been Francis Cohen until in 1823 he converted to the ...

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Palliser, Sir (Arthur) Michael (1922–2012), diplomatist, was born at 86 Woods Road, Reigate, Surrey, on 9 April 1922, the elder child and only son of Admiral Sir Arthur Francis Eric Palliser (1890–1956) and his wife, Margaret Eva (1901–1993), only daughter of J. J. King-Salter...

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Palmer, Roger, earl of Castlemaine (1634–1705), diplomatist and Roman Catholic apologist, was born on 3 September 1634, the second son of Sir James Palmer (d. 1657), of Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire, being the son of Sir James's second marriage, to Catherine, daughter of ...