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Amherst, William Pitt, first Earl Amherst of Arracan (1773–1857), diplomatist and governor-general of Bengal, was born on 14 January 1773 in Bath, the first of three children of Lieutenant-General William Amherst (1732–1781), aide-de-camp to the king, governor of St John's, Newfoundland, and adjutant-general of the army, and his wife, ...

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William Pitt Amherst, first Earl Amherst of Arracan (1773–1857) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1821 Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bagot, Sir Charles (1781–1843), diplomatist and governor-in-chief of British North America, was born on 23 September 1781 at Blithfield Hall, Staffordshire, the second surviving son of William, first Baron Bagot (1728–1798), and Elizabeth Louisa (d. 1820), the eldest daughter of John St John, ...

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Baring, (Charles) Evelyn, first Baron Howick of Glendale (1903–1973), colonial governor and Commonwealth diplomat, was born in Manchester Square, London, on 29 September 1903, the third son of Evelyn Baring, first earl of Cromer (1841–1917), and his second wife, Lady Katherine Georgiana Louisa Thynne (1865–1933)...

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Bell, Sir Gawain Westray (1909–1995), colonial administrator and diplomatist, was born on 21 January 1909 in Cape Town, the only son of William Westray Bell (d. 1946), shipping executive and later a stockbroker, and his wife, Emily Helen, née Kisch (1880–1971), daughter of an Anglo-Austrian mining engineer in ...

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Bentinck, Lord William Henry Cavendish- [known as Lord William Bentinck] (1774–1839), army officer, diplomatist, and governor-general of India, was born on 14 September 1774 at Burlington House in London, the second son of William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, third duke of Portland (1738–1809)...

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Lord William Henry Cavendish- Bentinck (1774–1839) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1804 private collection

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Chapman, Charles (1752–1809), East India Company servant and emissary to Vietnam, was born on 23 November 1752, son of Charles Chapman (d. c.1796), army officer. After the obligatory attendance at a commercial academy, in his case at Hoxton, Chapman was appointed a writer in the ...

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Gorst, Sir (John) Eldon [formerly John Lowndes Gorst] (1861–1911), diplomatist and colonial administrator, was born on 25 June 1861 in Auckland, New Zealand, the eldest of seven children of Sir John Eldon Gorst (1835–1916), politician, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, née Moore (1835–1914)...

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Sir (John) Eldon Gorst (1861–1911) by Lafayette, c. 1907 courtesy of Peter Mellini

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Charles Hardinge, first Baron Hardinge of Penshurst (1858–1944) by Sir William Orpen, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hardinge, Charles, first Baron Hardinge of Penshurst (1858–1944), diplomatist and viceroy of India, was born at Dufferin Lodge, Highgate, Middlesex, on 20 June 1858, the second son of Charles Stewart Hardinge, second Viscount Hardinge (1822–1894) of South Park, Penshurst, Kent, and his wife, ...

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Humphrys, Sir Francis Henry (1879–1971), colonial administrator and diplomatist, was born in Beatrice Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, on 24 April 1879, the eldest son of the Revd Walter Humphrys, assistant master at Oswestry grammar school, and his wife, Helen Agnes, daughter of the Revd Alfred Francis Boucher...

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Lyttelton, William Henry, first Baron Lyttelton and first Baron Westcote (1724–1808), colonial governor and diplomat, was born on 24 December 1724 in London, the sixth son of Sir Thomas Lyttelton, fourth baronet (1685–1751), and of his wife, Christian (1688–1759), daughter of Sir Richard Temple...

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Parkes, (James Christopher) Ernest (1861–1899), colonial administrator and diplomatist, was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the son of Thomas Parkes (b. c.1812, d. 1884), and Jane Maitland (d. 1892). Thomas Parkes had been taken there as a boy from Guadeloupe...

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Humphrey Trevelyan, Baron Trevelyan (1905–1985) by Elliott & Fry, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Trevelyan, Humphrey, Baron Trevelyan (1905–1985), civil servant in India and diplomatist, was born at the parsonage, Hindhead, Surrey, on 27 November 1905, the younger son and fifth of the six children of George Philip Trevelyan (1858–1937), rector of Carshalton, Surrey (and later vicar of ...