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Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan (1916–2000) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1962 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Annan, Noel Gilroy, Baron Annan (1916–2000), historian and academic administrator, was born on 25 December 1916 (hence his first name) at 64 Gloucester Terrace, London, the younger of the two sons of James Gilroy Annan (1886–1965), a silent, shy Scottish accountant, then serving as a lieutenant in the ...

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Armstrong, Edward (1846–1928), historian and college administrator, was born at Tidenham vicarage, Gloucestershire, on 3 March 1846, the second son of John Armstrong DD (1813–1856) and his wife, Frances Whitmore (d. 1908). In 1853 his father was made the first bishop of ...

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Burrows, Montagu (1819–1905), historian and university administrator, born at Hadley, Middlesex, on 27 October 1819, was the third son of Lieutenant-General Montagu Burrows (1775–1848) and his wife, Mary Anne Pafford, eldest daughter of Joseph Larcom, captain RN, and sister of Sir Thomas Aiskew Larcom...

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Montagu Burrows (1819–1905) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir (Frederick) William Dampier Deakin (1913–2005) by Bassano, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Deakin, Sir (Frederick) William Dampier [Bill] (1913–2005), special operations officer, historian, and college head, was born on 3 July 1913 at 30 Temple Gardens, Golders Green, London, the elder son of Albert Whitney Deakin, motor engineer and farmer, and his wife, Bertha Mildred, ...

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Keir, Sir David Lindsay (1895–1973), historian and university administrator, was born on 22 May 1895 at Bellingham, Northumberland, the eldest in the family of two sons and three daughters of the Revd William Keir, Presbyterian minister, of Aberuthven, Perthshire, and his wife, Elizabeth Craig...

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Philips, Sir Cyril Henry (1912–2005), historian, university administrator, and public servant, was born on 27 December 1912 at 57 Church Road, Worcester, the only son and elder child of William Henry Philips (b. 1884), a railwayman from Glamorgan, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, ...

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Robertson, Sir Charles Grant (1869–1948), historian and academic administrator, was born at Naini Tal, India, on 22 June 1869, the younger son of John Grant Robertson, of the Bengal civil service, and his wife, Isabel Jane Grant, daughter of a minister in the ...

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Thistlethwaite, Frank (1915–2003), historian and university administrator, was born on 24 July 1915 at 11 Powell Street, Burnley, Lancashire, the elder son of Lee Thistlethwaite (1885–1973), cotton cloth merchant and manufacturer, and his wife, Florence Nightingale, née Thornber (1892–1983). Both sides of the family came from a long line of nonconformist ancestors in the ...

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Vickers, Kenneth Hotham (1881–1958), historian and university administrator, was born on 22 May 1881 at Naburn, near York, where his father, the Revd Randall William Vickers, was then vicar. He was the youngest of a family of four, having a brother and two sisters. His mother, ...

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Watson, John Steven (1916–1986), historian and academic administrator, was born on 20 March 1916 at 20 Newton Terrace, Hebburn-on-Tyne, co. Durham, the only son of George Watson, naval architect, and his wife, Elizabeth Laybourn Gall. At the age of seven after his parents had moved to ...

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Williams, Sir David Glyndwr Tudor (1930–2009), legal scholar and university administrator, was born on 22 October 1930 at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, St Peter, Carmarthen, the third child and second son of Tudor Williams (1890–1955) and his wife, Anne, or Annie, née Rees (1890–1980)...

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Williams, Sir Edgar Trevor [Bill] (1912–1995), intelligence officer and historian, was born on 20 November 1912 at 30 Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent, the second of three children and elder son of the Revd (Joseph) Edgar Williams (1877–1938), minister of Ebenezer Congregational Church, and his wife, ...