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Ambroise (fl. 1188–1195), crusader and historian, was a Norman, possibly from the region of Évreux. His Estoire de la guerre sainte is a unique vernacular eyewitness account of the third crusade, and perhaps 'the best source for the crusade of Richard' (...

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Basset, Peter (fl. 1415–1437), soldier and historian, was co-author of an incomplete account in French of English activities in France between the capture of Harfleur in 1415 and the raising of the siege of Orléans in May 1429. Only one manuscript of this work is known, in ...

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Cunningham, Joseph Davey (1812–1851), army officer in the East India Company and historian, was born in Lambeth on 9 June 1812, the eldest son of Allan Cunningham (1784–1842), Scottish poet and author, and his wife, Jean, née Walker (1791–1864). Among his brothers were ...

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Cust, Sir Edward, baronet (1794–1878), army officer, historian, and politician, sixth son of Brownlow Cust, first Baron Brownlow (1744–1807), and his second wife, Frances (1756–1847), née Bankes, and brother of John Cust, first Earl Brownlow, was born at 30 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, 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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Duff, James Cuninghame Grant (1789–1858), army officer in the East India Company and historian, was born on 8 July 1789 in Banff, the eldest son of John Grant (d. 1799) of Kincardine O'Neil and Margaret Miln Duff (d. 1824) of Eden...

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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011), special operations officer and author, was born on 11 February 1915 at 20 Endsleigh Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the younger child and only son of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor (1880–1954), geologist, and his first wife, Muriel Aileen (otherwise Eileen or Æileen), ...

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Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) by Joan Leigh Fermor, 1946 © Patrick Fermor Archive, Trustees of the National Library of Scotland

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Fraser, Sir David William (1920–2012), army officer, historian, and novelist, was born on 30 December 1920 at Far End, Camberley, Surrey, the elder son of William Fraser (1890–1964), then a major in the Gordon Highlanders, later a brigadier in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, ...

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Gainsford, Thomas (bap. 1566, d. 1624), soldier and historian, from a Surrey gentry family, was baptized on 16 December 1566, the son of Henry Gainsford (d. 1574), London goldsmith, and his wife, Mary Johnson. Gainsford has often been confused with other members of the ...

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Gordon, Thomas (1788–1841), soldier and historian, was born at Cairness on 8 December 1788, the eldest and only surviving son of Charles Gordon of Buthlaw and Cairness in Lonmay, Aberdeenshire, and his wife, Christian, daughter of Thomas Forbes of Ballogie. His father died in 1796 and his mother in 1801. From 1800 to 1804 he was at ...

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Henderson, George Francis Robert (1854–1903), army officer, historian, and military writer, was born on 2 June 1854 in St Helier, Jersey, the eldest of the fourteen children of William George Henderson (1819–1905), from 1884 dean of Carlisle, and his wife, Jane Melville (...

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Daniel Mackinnon (1791–1836) by George Dawe photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Mackinnon, Daniel (1791–1836), army officer and historian, was the son of William Mackinnon (son of William Mackinnon, chief of clan Mackinnon) and his wife, Harriet, née Frye. William Alexander Mackinnon was his elder brother, and Daniel Henry Mackinnon was his first cousin. On 16 June 1804 he was appointed ensign in the ...

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Manley, Sir Roger (d. 1687), army officer and historian, was the second of three sons of Cornelius Manley (d. 1623) of Erbistock in Denbighshire, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Francis Lloyd of Hardwick in Shropshire. All three sons were minors at their father's death. ...

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Mante, Thomas (bap. 1733, d. c. 1802), army officer and historian, was baptized Thomas Mant on 3 December 1733 at St Faith's parish church, Havant, Hampshire, the eldest of the eight children of Thomas Mant (1702–1768), an estate manager, and his wife, Mary (...

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Monteith, William (1790–1864), army officer in the East India Company, diplomatist, and historian, son of William Monteith and his wife, Janet Goodwin, was born in the Abbey parish, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 22 June 1790. On 18 March 1809 he was appointed a lieutenant in the ...

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O'Kelly, Charles (1621–1695), army officer and historian, was the eldest son of John O'Kelly (d. 1674), eighth lord of the manor of Screen, co. Galway, and Isma, a daughter of Sir William Hill. He was born at Screen, but educated at St Omer...

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Paget, George Charles Henry Victor, seventh Marquess of Anglesey (1922–2013), soldier, historian, and landowner, was born at 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, on 8 October 1922, the only son (and youngest, with his twin sister Katharine, of six children) of Charles Henry Alexander Paget, ...