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Addington, Henry Unwin (1790–1870), diplomatist and civil servant, the second son of John Hiley Addington MP (d. 1818) and Mary (d. 1833), the daughter of Henry Unwin, and the nephew of Henry Addington, first Lord Sidmouth, was born on 24 March 1790. He was educated at ...

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Beale, Robert (1541–1601), administrator and diplomat, was the first son of Robert Beale (d. 1545?), mercer, of London, and his wife, Amy, sister of Sir Richard Morison (c. 1510–1556), humanist and diplomat. Although he made his career in royal service, Beale retained close ties with the ...

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Becher, Sir William (bap. 1580, d. 1651), diplomat and government official, was the grandson of a London alderman and the eldest son of William Becher, a London merchant tailor, and Judith Quarles, daughter of another merchant tailor. He was baptized at St Lawrence Jewry, London...

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Campbell, Sir John, of Lundie (d. 1562), administrator and ambassador, was an illegitimate son of Colin Campbell, first earl of Argyll (d. 1493). Although nothing is known of his early life, the title of master identifies him with the John Campbell who graduated master of arts at ...

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Carew, Sir George (c. 1556–1612), administrator and diplomat, was probably born at Antony, Cornwall, the second son of Thomas Carew (c.1527–1564), landowner, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Richard Edgcumbe and his second wife, Elizabeth. Richard Carew the historian was his brother. In 1577, after university, presumably ...

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Cheyne, Sir Thomas (c. 1485–1558), administrator and diplomat, was the eldest son of William Cheyne of Shurland, Isle of Sheppey, Kent (d. 1487), and his second wife, Margaret Young. The eldest of nine brothers, William Cheyne was constable of Queenborough Castle in ...

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Clark, Sir William Henry (1876–1952), civil servant and diplomatist, was born on 1 January 1876 in Cambridge, the younger of the two sons of John Willis Clark (1833–1910), superintendent of the Museum of Zoology and later registrar of Cambridge University, and his wife, ...

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Colville, Sir John Rupert (1915–1987), diplomatist and civil servant, was born in London on 28 January 1915, the youngest of three sons (there were no daughters) of the Hon. George Charles Colville (1867–1943), barrister, and his wife, Lady (Helen) Cynthia Colville (1884–1968), daughter of ...

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Giles Daubeney, first Baron Daubeney (1451/22–1508) tomb effigy © Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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Daubeney, Giles, first Baron Daubeney (1451/2–1508), administrator, soldier, and diplomat, was the elder son and heir of Sir William Daubeney (1424–1461) [see under Daubeney family] of South Petherton, Somerset, and his wife, Alice (b. 1432), third daughter and coheir of ...

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Davison, William (d. 1608), diplomat and administrator, presents a number of biographical problems. Sir James Melville of Halhill recorded that Davison told him that he 'was com of Scotismen and was a Scotisman at hart', but hardly anything is known about his background or his personal life (...

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Denman, Sir (George) Roy (1924–2006), civil servant and diplomatist, was born at 10 Lisburn Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, on 12 June 1924, the elder son of Albert Edward Denman of Ardwyn, Morfa Nefyn, Caernarvonshire, and his wife, Gertrude Ann, née Harrison. His father was a ...

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Denniston, Sir Robert, of Montjoy (1546/7–1625), government official and diplomat, was the eldest son of James Denniston, provost of Linlithgow, and Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas Bellenden of Auchnoull, justice-clerk. His mother later married Robert Hamilton of Ecclesmachan. Denniston matriculated from St Mary's College...

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Dulanty, John Whelan (1883–1955), diplomat and civil servant, was born in Manchester, the son of John Dulanty; his mother was probably named Ellen, and both parents were of Irish extraction. He was educated at St Mary's, Failsworth, Manchester School of Commerce, and Manchester University...

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Fitzhugh, Henry, third Baron Fitzhugh (1363?–1425), administrator and diplomat, was the son of Henry, second Baron Fitzhugh (d. 1386), and Joan, daughter of Henry Scrope, first Baron Scrope of Masham (Yorkshire), and sister of Archbishop Richard Scrope of York. The family seat was ...

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(Joseph John) Saville Garner, Baron Garner (1908–1983) by Howard Coster, 1956 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Garner, (Joseph John) Saville [Joe], Baron Garner (1908–1983), civil servant and diplomatist, was born in Muswell Hill, Middlesex, on 14 February 1908, the second of three sons of Joseph Garner (1861–1940), draper, of Highgate, and Helena Maria (d. 1939), daughter of John Culver...

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Edward Grimston (d. 1478) by Petrus Christus, 1446 © The National Gallery, London

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Grimston, Edward (d. 1478), administrator and diplomat, was the son of Robert Grimston, and of his wife, a daughter (name unknown) of Sir Anthony Spelman or Spilman. His place and date of birth are not known. His father, the second son of an old ...

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Hill, Richard (1655/6–1727), diplomat and public servant, was born at Hawkstone, Shropshire, and baptized at Hodnet on 23 March 1656, the second son of Rowland Hill (bap. 1623?) of Hawkstone and his wife, Margaret Whitehall of Doddington, Shropshire. From Shrewsbury School, Hill...