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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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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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Forbes, George, third earl of Granard (1685–1765), naval officer and diplomatist, was born in Ireland on 21 October 1685, the son of Arthur Forbes, second earl (c.1656–1734), army officer, and his wife, Mary (1661–1724), daughter of Sir George Rawdon, baronet, of ...

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William Kirkpatrick (1754–1812) by Thomas Hickey, c. 1799–1800 [with his assistants] National Gallery of Ireland

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Kirkpatrick, William (1754–1812), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was the illegitimate son of James Kirkpatrick (1730–1818), a colonel in the East India Company's army, and Mrs Booth, wife of a London solicitor. Born in Ireland, Kirkpatrick was raised at boarding-school, supported but unacknowledged by his father. In 1771 his father, ...

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William Lockhart (1621?–1675) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Lockhart, William [created Sir William Lockhart under the protectorate] (1621?–1675), diplomat and army officer, was the eldest son of Sir James Lockhart of Lee (1588/1599–1674) and his second wife, Martha Douglas of Mordington. Unhappy at school at Lanark, he played truant and at the age of thirteen ran away to ...

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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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Palmer, William (1740–1816), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was the son of Samuel Palmer of Holborn Yard, London, and his wife, Frances. He joined the British army, serving in the West Indies where in St Kitts in 1761 he married ...

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William Palmer (1740–1816) by Johan Zoffany, 1785 [Palmer family (1740–1816): [centre], with (left) Faizh Baksh and their children Mary, Hastings (on his mother's knee), and William Palmer (1780–1867); (right) a figure thought to be the sister of Faizh Baksh; and three attendants] The British Library

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Plantagenet, Arthur, Viscount Lisle (b. before 1472, d. 1542), soldier, diplomat, and administrator, was the illegitimate son of Edward IV (1442–1483).

The identity of Arthur's mother and his date of birth have given rise to much speculation. The editor of his correspondence, Muriel St Clare Byrne...

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Pottinger, Eldred (1811–1843), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was born in Ireland on 12 August 1811, the eldest son of Thomas Pottinger of Mount Pottinger, co. Down, and his first wife, Charlotte (d. 1813), only daughter of James Hamilton Moore...

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Symes, Michael (1761–1809), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was born in co. Wicklow, the youngest of the five children of Richard Symes of Balletarth, and Eleanor, daughter of Loftus Cliffe of co. Wexford. In November 1778, aged sixteen, he entered Trinity College, Dublin. He appears to have been well educated, for his later writings indicate that he was very familiar with many works in history, philosophy, and natural history. He went to ...

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Turner, Samuel (1759–1802), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was born on 19 April 1759 and baptized on 17 May at St John's Church, Gloucester. His father, John Turner, was a prosperous local grocer and his mother was Ann Warren...