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Barlow, Joel (1754–1812), poet and diplomatist, was born on 24 March 1754 at Redding, Connecticut, the fourth child of Samuel Barlow, farmer, and his second wife, Esther Hull. For several generations the Barlow family maintained a reputation as respectable farmers in America, and ...

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian (1868–1926), traveller, archaeologist, and diplomatist, was born at Washington Hall, co. Durham, on 14 July 1868, the elder child and only daughter of (Thomas) Hugh Bell (1844–1931), an ironmaster, who succeeded his father as second baronet in 1904, and his first wife, ...

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Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (1868–1926) by unknown photographer, c. 1900 Getty Images

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Brimelow, Thomas, Baron Brimelow (1915–1995), diplomatist, was born on 25 October 1915 at 94 Sale Road, Tyldesley, Lancashire, the second of three sons of William Brimelow (b. 1885), a cotton yarn salesman and later cotton mill director, and his wife, Hannah, née...

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Crowe, Sir Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart (1864–1925), diplomatist, was born on 30 July 1864 at Leipzig, the third of the seven children of Sir Joseph Archer Crowe (1825–1896), diplomatist and art historian, and his wife, Asta von Barby (1840–1908), daughter of Gustav von Barby...

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Dickinson, Goldsworthy Lowes (1862–1932), scholar and advocate of a league of nations, was born on 6 August 1862 at Langham Chambers, near Oxford Circus, London, the third of the five children of Lowes Cato Dickinson (1819–1908) and his wife, Margaret Ellen (d...

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Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson (1862–1932) by Roger Fry, 1925 The Provost and Scholars of King's College, Cambridge

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Fox, Henry Edward, fourth Baron Holland of Holland and fourth Baron Holland of Foxley (1802–1859), diarist and diplomatist, was born on 7 March 1802 at Holland House, Kensington. He was the only surviving legitimate son of Henry Richard Fox, third Baron Holland (1773–1840)...

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Hodgson, Brian Houghton (1801?–1894), diplomatist and Nepalese scholar, was born on 1 February 1801, or (less probably) 1800, at Lower Beech, Prestbury, Cheshire, the second of the seven children of Brian Hodgson (1766–1858), country gentleman, and his wife, Catherine (1775/6–1851), daughter of ...

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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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Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee Mehta (1845–1915) by unknown photographer, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mehta, Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee (1845–1915), politician and Indian nationalist, was born on 4 August 1845 in Bombay, the son of Merwanjee Mehta, a successful Parsi merchant. He attended Ayrton's School and, from 1855, Branch School in Bombay. A brilliant student at Elphinstone College...

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Menon, (Vengalil Krishnan) Krishna (1896–1974), diplomatist and politician, was born on 3 May 1896 at his mother's ancestral house, Vengalil, Calicut, Malabar, south India, the third of the eight children of Komathu Krishnan Kurup (d. 1935), only son of the raja of ...

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William Pember Reeves (1857–1932) by Howard Coster, 1930s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Reeves, William Pember (1857–1932), diplomatist and political activist, was born on 10 February 1857 in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand. He was the second of eight surviving children of William Reeves (1825–1891), businessman, originally of Clapham, and his wife, Ellen (1833–1919), daughter of John Pember...

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Satow, Sir Ernest Mason (1843–1929), diplomat and scholar, was born on 30 June 1843 at 10 Buccleuch Terrace, Upper Clapton, Hackney. He was the third son and eighth child of (Hans) David Christophe Satow (1801–1874), merchant, of Wismar (in Mecklenburg) and Riga...

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St John, Henry, styled first Viscount Bolingbroke (1678–1751), politician, diplomatist, and author, the son of Henry St John, Viscount St John (1652–1742), landowner, and Lady Mary Rich (d. 1678), second daughter of Robert Rich, third earl of Warwick, was born on 16 September 1678, very probably at ...

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Henry St John, styled first Viscount Bolingbroke (1678–1751) attrib. Alexis-Simon Belle, 1712? © National Portrait Gallery, London