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Bell, Sir Gawain Westray (1909–1995), colonial administrator and diplomatist, was born on 21 January 1909 in Cape Town, the only son of William Westray Bell (d. 1946), shipping executive and later a stockbroker, and his wife, Emily Helen, née Kisch (1880–1971), daughter of an Anglo-Austrian mining engineer in ...

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Chapman, Charles (1752–1809), East India Company servant and emissary to Vietnam, was born on 23 November 1752, son of Charles Chapman (d. c.1796), army officer. After the obligatory attendance at a commercial academy, in his case at Hoxton, Chapman was appointed a writer in the ...

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Cox, Sir Percy Zachariah (1864–1937), diplomatist and colonial administrator, was born on 20 November 1864 at Herongate, Essex, the youngest of the three sons of Arthur Zachariah Cox, formerly Button (d. 1870), of Harwood Hall, Essex, deputy lieutenant of the county, and his wife ...

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Sir Percy Zachariah Cox (1864–1937) by Vandyk, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir (Henry) Mortimer Durand (1850–1924) by George Charles Beresford, c. 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Durand, Sir (Henry) Mortimer (1850–1924), administrator in India and diplomatist, was born at Sehore, Bhopal state, India, on 14 February 1850, the second son of General Sir Henry Marion Durand (1812–1871) and his first wife, Anne, daughter of Major-General Sir John McCaskill. After being educated at ...

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Foot, Hugh Mackintosh, Baron Caradon (1907–1990), colonial administrator and diplomatist, was born on 8 October 1907 in Plymouth, the second son and second child in the family of five sons and two daughters of Isaac Foot (1880–1960), solicitor and Liberal MP for Bodmin, Cornwall...

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Hugh Mackintosh Foot, Baron Caradon (1907–1990) by Elliott & Fry, 1957 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gorst, Sir (John) Eldon [formerly John Lowndes Gorst] (1861–1911), diplomatist and colonial administrator, was born on 25 June 1861 in Auckland, New Zealand, the eldest of seven children of Sir John Eldon Gorst (1835–1916), politician, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, née Moore (1835–1914)...

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Sir (John) Eldon Gorst (1861–1911) by Lafayette, c. 1907 courtesy of Peter Mellini

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Humphrys, Sir Francis Henry (1879–1971), colonial administrator and diplomatist, was born in Beatrice Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, on 24 April 1879, the eldest son of the Revd Walter Humphrys, assistant master at Oswestry grammar school, and his wife, Helen Agnes, daughter of the Revd Alfred Francis Boucher...

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Hunt, Sir Rex Masterman (1926–2012), diplomatist and colonial governor, was born at 3 Moore Street, Redcar, Yorkshire, on 29 June 1926, the third of four sons of Henry William Hunt (1893–1982), commercial clerk, and his wife, Ivy, née Masterman (1894–1959). He was educated at ...

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Sir Rex Masterman Hunt (1926–2012) by Tom Stoddart, 1982 © Tom Stoddart / Rex Features

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Kirkbride, Sir Alec Seath (1897–1978), colonial official and diplomatist, was born on 28 August 1897 at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the elder son of Joseph Kirkbride, lithographer, and his wife, Isabel, née Bradley. In 1906 his father took up a post in the Egyptian customs service...

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Luce, Sir William Henry Tucker (1907–1977), colonial administrator and diplomatist, was born on 25 August 1907 at Odcombe, Anglesey Road, Alverstoke, Hampshire, the son of Admiral John David Luce (1870–1932) and his wife, Mary Dorothea, née Tucker (1873–1965). He was one of four sons; his elder brother ...

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MacLehose, (Crawford) Murray, Baron MacLehose of Beoch (1917–2000), diplomatist and colonial administrator, was born on 16 October 1917 in Partick, Glasgow, the second son of Hamish Alexander MacLehose (1886–1962), master printer, of Glenmilne, Campsie Glen, Stirlingshire (who was then serving as a major in the 8th battalion, ...

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Malcolm, Sir John (1769–1833), diplomatist and administrator in India, was born at Burnfoot, Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire, on 2 May 1769, the fourth son of George Malcolm (1729–1803) of Burnfoot, from a junior branch of the Malcolms of Lochore, Fife, and of Margaret (d...

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Francis Napier, tenth Lord Napier of Merchistoun and first Baron Ettrick (1819–1898) by George Frederic Watts, 1866 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Napier, Francis, tenth Lord Napier of Merchistoun and first Baron Ettrick (1819–1898), diplomatist and administrator in India, born on 15 September 1819 at Thirlestane Castle in Selkirkshire, was the eldest son of William John Napier, ninth Lord Napier of Merchistoun (1786–1834), and his wife, ...

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Parkes, (James Christopher) Ernest (1861–1899), colonial administrator and diplomatist, was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the son of Thomas Parkes (b. c.1812, d. 1884), and Jane Maitland (d. 1892). Thomas Parkes had been taken there as a boy from Guadeloupe...