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Anstruther, Sir Robert (1578–1644/5?), diplomat and politician, was the second son of Sir James Anstruther (d. 1606), fiar of Anstruther, and Jean Scott of Abbotshall. His birth in Anstruther Wester, Fife, was recorded by his father on 23 April 1578. A graduate of ...

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Balnaves, Henry (d. 1570), diplomat and religious reformer, is said by Calderwood to have come from Kirkcaldy and studied in Cologne. He returned to St Andrews, appearing on the rolls of St Salvator's College in 1527 as magister, the title by which he is usually designated, though where he received his MA degree is uncertain. He worked as a procurator in ...

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Bogle, George (1746–1781), diplomatist, was born on 26 November 1746 at Daldowie, near Bothwell, Lanarkshire, the third son and youngest of nine children born to George Bogle (1700–1784), merchant and rector of Glasgow University, and his wife, Anne (d. 1752), daughter of ...

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Thomas Bruce, seventh earl of Elgin and eleventh earl of Kincardine (1766–1841) by Anton Graff, 1787 The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, K.T.

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Bruce, Thomas, seventh earl of Elgin and eleventh earl of Kincardine (1766–1841), diplomatist and army officer, was born at the family home, Broomhall, Fife, Scotland, on 20 July 1766, the son of Charles Bruce, fifth earl of Elgin and ninth earl of Kincardine...

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Colville, James, first Lord Colville of Culross (c. 1551–1629), soldier and diplomat, was the first son of Sir James Colville, (b. 1532?, d. in or before 1562), laird of Easter Wemyss, and his wife, Janet, daughter of Sir Robert Douglas of Lochleven...

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John Dalrymple, second earl of Stair (1673–1747) by Allan Ramsay, c. 1744 private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dalrymple, John, second earl of Stair (1673–1747), diplomat and army officer, was born at Edinburgh on 20 July 1673, second son of John Dalrymple, second viscount and first earl of Stair (1648–1707), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1731), daughter and heir of ...

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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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Ewart, Joseph (1759–1792), diplomat, was born on 30 April 1759, the eldest son of the minister of Troqueer in Kirkcudbrightshire. He attended a local school before entering Edinburgh University, where he took the degree of MA. He then acted as travelling tutor to ...

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Hamilton, George Nigel Douglas-, tenth earl of Selkirk (1906–1994), politician and diplomatist, was born on 4 January 1906 at Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, the second of four sons and third of seven children of Alfred Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, thirteenth duke of Hamilton (1862–1940), and his wife, ...

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Keith, Sir Robert Murray, of Murrayshall (1730–1795), diplomatist and army officer, was born in Edinburgh on 20 September 1730, the eldest child of the diplomat Robert Keith (c. 1697–1774), of Craig, Kincardineshire, and his wife, Margaret Cunningham, daughter of Sir William Cunningham of ...

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Kinneir, Sir John Macdonald (1782–1830), army officer, traveller, and diplomatist, born at Carnden, Linlithgow, on 3 February 1782, was the illegitimate son of John Macdonald, comptroller of customs at Bo'ness, and Mrs Cecilia Maria Kinneir. In 1802 he was nominated to a cadetship by ...

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Leslie, Walter, Count Leslie in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1606–1667), army officer and diplomat, was born in Aberdeenshire, the second son of John Leslie of Balquhain (d. 1622), and his third wife, Jean Erskine, daughter of Sir Alexander Erskine...

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Liston, Sir Robert (1742–1836), tutor and diplomat, was born at Overtoun, Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire, on 8 October 1742, the second, and oldest surviving, son of Patrick Liston of Torbanehill (d. 1749) and Christian Dick (d. 1790). He studied for the Church of Scotland...

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William Maitland of Lethington (1525x3030–1573) by unknown artist in the collection of Thirlestane Castle Trust

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Maitland, William, of Lethington (1525x30–1573), courtier and diplomat, was the eldest son of Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington (1496–1586), courtier, judge, and writer, and Mary or Mariota Cranstoun (d. 1586), daughter of Sir Thomas Cranstoun of Corsbie. His younger brothers were John Maitland...

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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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Melville, Sir James, of Halhill (1535/6–1617), diplomat and autobiographer, was the third son of Sir John Melville, fourth laird of Raith (d. 1548), and his second wife, Helen (d. in or after 1584), daughter of Sir Alexander Napier of Merchiston and his wife, ...