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Brooke, William, tenth Baron Cobham (1527–1597), nobleman and diplomat, was born on 1 November 1527, the eldest of seven surviving sons (there were also four daughters) of George Brooke, ninth Baron Cobham (c. 1497–1558), soldier and landowner, and his wife, Anne (c...

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Hay, James, first earl of Carlisle (c. 1580–1636), courtier and diplomat, was the son of Sir James Hay (d. 1610) of Fingask, comptroller of Scotland in 1608, who lived in Pitscottie, Fife, and was descended from the earls of Erroll; his mother was probably ...

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Sidney, Robert, second earl of Leicester (1595–1677), diplomat and landowner, was born on 1 December 1595 at Baynard's Castle, London, the youngest but only surviving son of Robert Sidney, first earl of Leicester (1563–1626), and his first wife, Barbara Sidney, née Gamage (c. 1559–1621)...