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Baring, (George) Rowland Stanley, third earl of Cromer (1918–1991), banker and diplomatist, was born on 28 July 1918, the only son and youngest of three children of Rowland Thomas Baring, second earl of Cromer (1877–1953), courtier, and his wife, Lady Ruby Florence Mary (1886–1961)...

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Bentinck, Victor Frederick William Cavendish- [known as Bill Bentinck], ninth duke of Portland (1897–1990), diplomatist and businessman, was born on 18 June 1897 at 16 Mansfield Street, London. He was the younger son and third of the four children of (William George) Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck (1856–1948)...

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Victor Frederick William Cavendish- Bentinck [Bill Bentinck], ninth duke of Portland (1897–1990) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Browne, Sir Anthony Arthur Duncan Montague (1923–2013), diplomatist and businessman, was born on 8 May 1923 at 34 Kingsnorth Gardens, Folkestone, the son of Andrew Duncan Montague Browne (1878–1969), an Irish-born lieutenant-colonel in the 1st King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment, and his wife, ...

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Chamberlain, Sir Thomas (c. 1504–1580), diplomat and financial agent, was the son of William Chamberlain, a London merchant who is probably to be identified with the man of that name who died in 1549 as a parishioner of St Sepulchre without Newgate, and his wife, ...

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Crockett, Sir Andrew Duncan (1943–2012), economist and international public servant, was born on 23 March 1943 at 4 Park Gate, Glasgow, the son of Andrew Stewart Crockett (1917–1996), a medical practitioner then serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, ...

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Crowe, Sir Sackville, first baronet (c. 1600–1683), entrepreneur and diplomat, was the son of William Crowe of Socketts in Kent and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Sackville of Sussex. He owed the rise of his fortunes in the 1620s to the patronage of ...

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Davies, Theophilus Harris (1834–1898), businessman and consul, was born on 4 January 1834 in Coalbournbrook, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, the second of the five children of the Revd Theophilus Davies (c.1798–1879?), a Welsh Congregational minister, and his wife, Mary Ann (c.1798–1849?)...

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Downing, Sir George, first baronet (1623–1684), diplomat and financial reformer, was born in Dublin in August 1623, the son of Emmanuel Downing (1585–1659), attorney and clerk, of the Inner Temple and Lucy (1601–1679), sister of John Winthrop, first governor of the colony of ...

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Duma, Dervish (1908–1998), diplomatist and leader of the Albanian community in Britain, was born on 4 July 1908 in Borsh on the southern coast of Albania, then still part of the Ottoman empire, the son of Emin Duma (d. 1922), from a local landowning family. In 1914 the village of ...

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Gage, George (c. 1582–1638), diplomat and businessman, was the son of Edward Gage (b. 1539), gentleman, of Firle, Sussex, and Margaret, daughter of Sir John Shelley of Michelgrove. Educated overseas, he became skilled in the Italian, French, and Spanish languages. During 1612–16 he was a companion of ...

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Maizels, Alfred [Alf] (1917–2006), economist, civil servant, and international civil servant, was born on 17 January 1917 at 100 Newark Street, Whitechapel, London, the third son of Israel Maizels, a master tailor who had immigrated from Poland in 1905, and his wife, Rebecca, ...

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Stavridi, Sir John John (1867–1948), banker and diplomatist, was born at Brentwood, Northumberland Street, Broughton, Salford, on 27 April 1867, the son of John Constantine Stavridi, a Greek merchant based in Manchester, who became a naturalized British citizen, and his wife, Calliroy, née...

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Vincent, Edgar, Viscount D'Abernon (1857–1941), financier and diplomatist, was born on 19 August 1857, at Slinfold, Sussex, youngest child of Frederick Vincent (1798–1883), rector of Slinfold, 1844–68, who succeeded as eleventh baronet in 1880, and his second wife, Maria Copley (d. 1899)...

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Edgar Vincent, Viscount D'Abernon (1857–1941) by John Singer Sargent, 1906 Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)