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Alexander, (Conel) Hugh O'Donel (1909–1974), chess player and cryptanalyst, was born in Cork on 19 April 1909, the eldest of four children of Conel William Long Alexander (1879–1920), professor of engineering at University College, Cork, and his wife, Hilda Barbara Bennett (1881–1964), of ...

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Sir (James) Alfred Ewing (1855–1935) by Bassano, 1915 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ewing, Sir (James) Alfred (1855–1935), engineer and cryptographer, was born on 27 March 1855 at 109 Nethergate, Dundee, the youngest of the three sons of James Ewing (1810–1886), minister of St Andrew's Free Church, Dundee, and his wife, Marjory, eldest daughter of John Ferguson...

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Jones, Reginald Victor (1911–1997), physicist and intelligence scientist, was born in Herne Hill, London, on 29 September 1911, the son of Harold Victor Jones (1880–1953), a sergeant of the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, Alice Margaret, née May (1890–1979).

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Ker, John, of Kersland [formerly John Crawfurd] (1673–1726), spy, was born John Crawfurd at Crawfurdland, Ayrshire, on 8 August 1673, the eldest son of Alexander Crawfurd of Fergushill, and grandson of John Crawfurd, laird of Crawfurdland. He assumed the title and arms of ...

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Matheson, Hilda (1888–1940), intelligence officer and director of radio talks, was born on 7 June 1888 at 13 Dealtry Road, Putney, the elder of two children of Donald Matheson, Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Margaret Orr. Since both parents were Scottish the family spent most of their summer holidays in the Scottish highlands where ...

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Young, George Kennedy (1911–1990), intelligence officer, was born in Dumfries on 8 April 1911, the younger son and youngest of three children of George Stuart Young, grocer, and his wife, Margaret Kennedy. He was brought up in the old covenanting traditions of the ...