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Sir Robert Hart, first baronet (1835–1911) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1908 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hart, Sir Robert, first baronet (1835–1911), official in the Chinese service, was born on 20 February 1835 in Portadown, co. Armagh, Ireland, the eldest of the ten children of Henry Hart (1806–1875), a retail merchant (‘spirit grocery’) and a devout convert to Wesleyan Methodism, and ...