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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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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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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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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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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...

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Sir Philip Hoby (1504/55–1558) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Hoby, Sir Philip (1504/5–1558), diplomat and administrator, was the first son of William Hoby (d. after 1532), landowner, of Leominster, Herefordshire, and his first wife, Katherine Foster. Sir Thomas Hoby (1530–1566), the courtier and translator, was his half-brother. He came from a Welsh family that settled in ...

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King, Alexander [Alex] (1909–2007), chemist, international civil servant, and environmentalist, was born on 26 January 1909 at 5 Battlefield Avenue, Langside, Glasgow, the eldest child of James Mitchell King, a cashier in the Nobel Explosives Company, later a director of ICI, and his wife, ...

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Legh, Alexander (c. 1435–1504?), administrator and diplomat, came from Caragill, Aston Moor, in Cumberland. Educated at Eton College (1445–50) and King's College, Cambridge (from January 1451), he graduated MA in 1457–8. Appointed warden of Freckenham chantry, Kent, in February 1462, and then rector of ...

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Magnus, Thomas (1463/4–1550), administrator and diplomat, was born in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the son of John Magnus and his wife, Alice. His early education is obscure, but he rose in consequence of the patronage of Thomas Savage, archbishop of York, beginning royal service as chaplain to ...

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Roger Mellor Makins, first Baron Sherfield (1904–1996) by Walter Bird, 1962 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Makins, Roger Mellor, first Baron Sherfield (1904–1996), diplomatist and public servant, was born on 3 February 1904 at 15 Orsett Terrace, London, the oldest of three sons of Brigadier-General Sir Ernest Makins (1869–1959), army officer and Conservative MP for Knutsford from 1922 to 1945, and his wife, ...

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Nanfan, Sir Richard (1445–1507), diplomat and administrator, was the son of John Nanfan of Trethewell, Cornwall, and Birts Morton, Worcestershire, and of Jane, widow of Sir Renfrey Arundell of Lanherne, Cornwall. John Nanfan was a Beauchamp retainer who was appointed an esquire of the king's body and governor of the ...

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Napier, Sir Alexander, of Merchiston (d. 1473/4), administrator and diplomat, was the eldest son of Alexander Napier, provost of Edinburgh in 1438. His father acquired the lands of Nether Merchiston, Edinburghshire, as security for a loan to James I. This was never repaid and the ...