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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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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...