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Bard, Henry, first Viscount Bellomont [Bellamont] (1615/16–1656), royalist army officer and diplomat, came of an old-established Lincolnshire family, and was the younger son of George Bard (d. 1616), vicar of Staines, Middlesex, and his wife, Susan, daughter of John Dudley. A scholar at ...

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Bentinck, Lord William Henry Cavendish- [known as Lord William Bentinck] (1774–1839), army officer, diplomatist, and governor-general of India, was born on 14 September 1774 at Burlington House in London, the second son of William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, third duke of Portland (1738–1809)...

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Lord William Henry Cavendish- Bentinck (1774–1839) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1804 private collection

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Blount, Sir Walter (d. 1403), soldier and diplomat, of Barton Blount, Derbyshire, was the third son of Sir John Blount (d. 1358) of Sodington, Worcestershire, and of his first wife, Iseult, daughter and heir of Thomas Mountjoy of Gayton, Staffordshire. Immortalized by ...

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John Bourchier, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533) attrib. Ambrosius Benson, c. 1521–6 Galerie Jan der Maere

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Bourchier, John, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator, was the son of Sir Humphrey Bourchier (d. 1471) and Elizabeth (d. 1497), daughter and sole heir of Frederick Tilney of Boston, Lincolnshire. His father, a Yorkist, was killed at the battle of ...

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Braithwaite, John (1696–1740), soldier and diplomatist, was the second of three sons born to John Braithwaite (1666–1739), a member of a prominent Westmorland family, and his wife, Silvestra Cooke (d. 1739). In his preface to his History of the Revolutions in the Empire of Morocco...

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Brian, Guy, Baron Brian (c. 1310–1390), soldier and diplomat, was the son and heir of Sir Guy Brian of Torbryan, Devon, and an unknown mother. He is first recorded during Edward III's Scottish campaign of 1327, when he was present at the surprise attack on the English by the ...

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Thomas Bruce, seventh earl of Elgin and eleventh earl of Kincardine (1766–1841) by Anton Graff, 1787 The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, K.T.

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Bruce, Thomas, seventh earl of Elgin and eleventh earl of Kincardine (1766–1841), diplomatist and army officer, was born at the family home, Broomhall, Fife, Scotland, on 20 July 1766, the son of Charles Bruce, fifth earl of Elgin and ninth earl of Kincardine...

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Burghersh, Bartholomew, the younger, third Lord Burghersh (d. 1369), soldier and diplomat, was the eldest son of Bartholomew Burghersh the elder (d. 1355) and Elizabeth Verdon (1305/6–1364). He married first Cicily Wayland (or Weyland), the daughter of Richard Weyland, and second Margaret (...

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Cadogan, William, Earl Cadogan (1671/2–1726), army officer and diplomat, was born at Liscarton, co. Meath, the eldest son of Henry Cadogan (d. 1715), barrister, and his wife, Bridget, daughter of Sir Hardress Waller. His grandfather was Major William Cadogan, governor of Trim...

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William Cadogan, Earl Cadogan (1671/22–1726) attrib. Louis Laguerre, c. 1716 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cameron, Charles Duncan (d. 1870), army officer and diplomatist, was the son of Colonel Charles Cameron, 3rd Buffs, who had served in the Peninsular War. He entered the army by purchase as ensign in the 45th foot on 19 May 1846, serving the regiment until July 1851. He was attached to the native levies during the ...

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Cathcart, Charles Schaw, ninth Lord Cathcart (1721–1776), army officer and diplomat, was born in Edinburgh on 21 March 1721, the third but eldest surviving son of Charles Cathcart eighth Lord Cathcart (1685/6–1740), and his first wife, Marion Schaw (1700–1733), the daughter of ...

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Cochrane, Sir John (b. c. 1604, d. in or after 1657), army officer and diplomat, was the eldest of the nine children of Alexander Blair (d. 1640/41), who assumed the name Cochrane on his marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of William Cochrane of ...

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Collins, John Ulric (c. 1750–1807), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, is of unknown parentage; although his name suggests Irish ancestry, there is evidence for an early connection with Devon. An East India Company cadet, Collins sailed for Asia on 2 December 1769 on board the ...

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Colville, James, first Lord Colville of Culross (c. 1551–1629), soldier and diplomat, was the first son of Sir James Colville, (b. 1532?, d. in or before 1562), laird of Easter Wemyss, and his wife, Janet, daughter of Sir Robert Douglas of Lochleven...

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John Dalrymple, second earl of Stair (1673–1747) by Allan Ramsay, c. 1744 private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dalrymple, John, second earl of Stair (1673–1747), diplomat and army officer, was born at Edinburgh on 20 July 1673, second son of John Dalrymple, second viscount and first earl of Stair (1648–1707), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1731), daughter and heir of ...