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Dudley Carleton, Viscount Dorchester (1574–1632) by Michiel Janszoon van Miereveldt, c. 1620 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carleton, Dudley, Viscount Dorchester (1574–1632), diplomat and letter writer, was born on 10 March 1574, the second son of Antony Carleton of Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire, and his second wife, Jocosa, daughter of John Goodwin of Winchendon, Buckinghamshire. Educated first at Westminster School under ...

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Fane, Julian Henry Charles (1827–1870), diplomatist and poet, fifth (but fourth surviving) son of John Fane, eleventh earl of Westmorland (1784–1859), and his wife, Priscilla Anne Fane, née Wellesley-Pole, countess of Westmorland (1793–1879), was born on 10 October 1827 at Florence, where his father was minister. He was educated at ...

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Marett, Sir Robert Hugh Kirk (1907–1981), author and diplomatist, was born in Oxford on 20 April 1907, the younger son in a family of two sons and two daughters of Robert Ranulph Marett (1866–1943), anthropologist and rector of Exeter College, Oxford, and his wife, ...

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Murray, (Eustace Clare) Grenville (1824–1881), journalist and diplomatist, was the illegitimate son of Richard Grenville, second duke of Buckingham and Chandos (1797–1861); his mother's details are not known. He matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, in 1848, and was entered as a student of the ...

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Prior, Matthew (1664–1721), poet and diplomat, was born in Stephen's Alley, Westminster, on either 21 or 23 July 1664, the son of Elizabeth (probably née Pennefather) and George Prior (d. c.1675), a London joiner. The fifth of six children, he was the only one to survive early childhood....

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Matthew Prior (1664–1721) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1700 The Master and Fellows, Trinity College, Cambridge

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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

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Wyatt, Sir Thomas (c. 1503–1542), poet and ambassador, probably born at Allington Castle, Kent, was the eldest son of Sir Henry Wyatt and Anne, daughter of John Skinner of Reigate.

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Sir Thomas Wyatt (c. 1503–1542) by Hans Holbein the younger, c. 1535 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II