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Cattley, Charles Robert (1816/17–1855), diplomatist and intelligence officer in the Crimea, was born of English parents in St Petersburg, Russia: his father, Robert Cattley, had been a merchant in Russia since 1802. The Cattleys apparently traded with Cattley firms in England, including sawmills near ...

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Duff, Sir (Arthur) Antony (1920–2000), diplomatist and intelligence officer, was born on 25 February 1920 at Var Trees, Moreton, near Dorchester, Dorset, the son of Admiral Sir Arthur Allan Morison Duff (1874–1952), naval officer, and his wife, Margaret Grace, daughter of Commander Wyatt Rawson...

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Ann Catherine Elwell (1922–1996) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elwell [née Glass], Ann Catherine (1922–1996), intelligence officer and diplomat, was born on 16 June 1922 at 12 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater, London, the only child of Robert Lionel Glass, a general practitioner and former surgeon-lieutenant in the Royal Navy, of 106 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater...

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Fryon [Frion], Étienne [Stephen] (fl. 1462–1501), diplomat and spy, was a Burgundian whose precise origin and education remain obscure. By 1462 he was practising as a procureur of the grand conseil of Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy, and by 1466 was a ducal secretary. He moved to the service of ...

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Donald Duart Maclean (1913–1983) by Ramsey & Muspratt, 1930s? © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maclean, Donald Duart (1913–1983), diplomatist and spy, was born in London on 25 May 1913, the third of four sons and five children of Sir Donald Maclean (1864–1932), Liberal politician and cabinet minister, and his wife, Gwendolen Margaret, eldest daughter of Andrew Devitt JP...

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Mendl, Sir Charles Ferdinand (1871–1958), information officer, was born in London on 14 December 1871, the second son of Ferdinand Mendl, businessman, and his wife, Jeannette Rachel, née Hyam. His elder brother was Sir Sigismund Ferdinand Mendl, financier and Liberal MP for Plymouth...

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Sir John Ogilvy (Jack) Rennie (1914–1981) by Walter Bird, c. 1968 private collection

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Rennie, Sir John Ogilvy [Jack] (1914–1981), diplomatist and intelligence officer, was born on 13 January 1914 at 12 Hyde Park Mansions, Marylebone, London, one among the two children of Charles Ogilvy Rennie, match manufacturer, and his wife, Agnes Annette, née Paton. He was educated at ...

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Standen, Sir Anthony (d. in or after 1615), adventurer and spy, was the eldest of (at least) four sons and four daughters of Edmund Standen, esquire (d. 1571), of East Molesey, Surrey, which lies adjacent to the royal palace of Hampton Court...