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Kirkbride, Sir Alec Seath (1897–1978), colonial official and diplomatist, was born on 28 August 1897 at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the elder son of Joseph Kirkbride, lithographer, and his wife, Isabel, née Bradley. In 1906 his father took up a post in the Egyptian customs service...

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George Macartney, Earl Macartney (1737–1806) by Lemuel Francis Abbott, c. 1786–8 [[Left to right] and Sir George Leonard Staunton, first baronet (1737-1801)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Macartney, George, Earl Macartney (1737–1806), diplomatist and colonial governor, was born in co. Antrim or Dublin on 3 May 1737, the only son of the three children of George Macartney (d. 1779), a landowner, of Lisanoure, co. Antrim, and his wife, Elizabeth (...