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Abercromby, James (1707–1775), colonial agent and politician, was baptized on 24 August 1708 at Alloa, Clackmannanshire, the third son of Alexander Abercromby (d. 1753), MP for Clackmannanshire in the Scottish parliament, and Mary (b. c.1680), daughter of Alexander Duff of ...

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Adam, William Patrick (1823–1881), politician and administrator in India, was the elder son of Admiral Sir Charles Adam (1780–1853) of Blairadam, Kinross. His mother was Elizabeth (d. 1871), daughter of Patrick Brydone, FRS. Born at Ancrum, Roxburghshire, on 14 September 1823, Adam...

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William Patrick Adam (1823–1881) by John Moffat © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Du Pre Alexander, second earl of Caledon (1777–1839) by Charles Turner, pubd 1840 (after Richard Rothwell) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexander, Du Pre, second earl of Caledon (1777–1839), politician and colonial administrator, was born on 14 December 1777, the only son of James Alexander (1730–1802), first earl of Caledon, of Caledon Castle, co. Tyrone, and his wife, Anne (d. 1777), daughter of ...

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Aungier, Francis, first earl of Longford (c. 1632–1700), politician and administrator in Ireland, was the son and heir of the Revd Ambrose Aungier (c.1597–1654) and his wife, Griselda or Grizel (d. 1666), daughter of Launcelot Bulkeley. His father was a prebendary, treasurer, and chancellor of ...

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Thomas George Baring, first earl of Northbrook (1826–1904) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baring, Thomas George, first earl of Northbrook (1826–1904), politician and viceroy of India, was born at 16 Cumberland Street, London, on 22 January 1826, the eldest son of Sir Francis Thornhill Baring, third baronet and later first Baron Northbrook (1796–1866), and his first wife, ...

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Berkeley, Norborne, fourth Baron de Botetourt (1717–1770), politician and colonial governor, was born on 21 December 1717 in London, probably at the family's residence in Clifford Street. He was the only son of John Symes Berkeley (1663–1736), head of a branch, based at ...

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Bladen, Thomas (1698–1780), politician and colonial governor, was born in Annapolis, Maryland, the eldest son of William Bladen (1670–1718), placeman and lawyer, and his second wife, Anne, daughter of Garrett and Mary Van Swearingen. Bladen's father, from a prominent Yorkshire family, emigrated to ...

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Victor Alexander Bruce, ninth earl of Elgin and thirteenth earl of Kincardine (1849–1917) by Elliott & Fry, 1886 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bruce, Victor Alexander, ninth earl of Elgin and thirteenth earl of Kincardine (1849–1917), politician and viceroy of India, was the eldest son of James Bruce, eighth earl of Elgin (1811–1863), and his second wife, Lady Mary Louisa Lambton (1819–1898), daughter of the first earl of Durham...

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Burt, William Mathew (c. 1725–1781), colonial governor, was born at Elim in Jamaica, the first of fourteen children of Colonel William Pym Burt (d. 1750), a planter in Nevis, and subsequently chief justice and treasurer of St Kitts, and his second wife, ...

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Calvert, Charles, fifth Baron Baltimore (1699–1751), colonial proprietor and politician, was born on 29 September 1699, probably at his family estate, Woodcote Park in Epsom, Surrey, the eldest son of Benedict Leonard Calvert, fourth Baron Baltimore (1679–1715), and his wife, Charlotte (1678–1721), daughter of ...

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Cavendish, Victor Christian William, ninth duke of Devonshire (1868–1938), politician and governor-general of Canada, was born on 31 May 1868, the eldest son of Lord Edward Cavendish (1838–1891) and his wife, Emma Elizabeth Lascelles (1838–1920). He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Colville, (David) John, first Baron Clydesmuir (1894–1954), politician and colonial administrator, was born on 13 February 1894 at Motherwell House, Lanarkshire, the only son and younger child of John Colville (1852–1901) [see under Colville family], an industrialist, and his second wife, ...

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Coote, Richard, first earl of Bellamont (1636–1701), politician and colonial governor, was the only son of Richard Coote, Baron Coloony (1620–1683), landowner and Irish peer, and his wife, Mary (d. 1701), daughter of Sir George St George of Carrickdrumruske, co. Leitrim, and sister of the ...

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Curzon, George Nathaniel, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859–1925), politician, traveller, and viceroy of India, was born on 11 January 1859 at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, the second of the eleven children of the Revd Alfred Nathaniel Holden Curzon, fourth Baron Scarsdale (1831–1916), rector of ...

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Dundas, Lawrence John Lumley, second marquess of Zetland (1876–1961), administrator in India, politician, and author, was born in London on 11 June 1876, the elder surviving son of Lawrence Dundas, third earl, later first marquess, of Zetland (1844–1929), viceroy of Ireland (1889–92), and his wife, ...

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Lawrence John Lumley Dundas, second marquess of Zetland (1876–1961) by Lafayette, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London