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Campbell, Sir John, of Lundie (d. 1562), administrator and ambassador, was an illegitimate son of Colin Campbell, first earl of Argyll (d. 1493). Although nothing is known of his early life, the title of master identifies him with the John Campbell who graduated master of arts at ...

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Giles Daubeney, first Baron Daubeney (1451/22–1508) tomb effigy © Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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Daubeney, Giles, first Baron Daubeney (1451/2–1508), administrator, soldier, and diplomat, was the elder son and heir of Sir William Daubeney (1424–1461) [see under Daubeney family] of South Petherton, Somerset, and his wife, Alice (b. 1432), third daughter and coheir of ...

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Dulanty, John Whelan (1883–1955), diplomat and civil servant, was born in Manchester, the son of John Dulanty; his mother was probably named Ellen, and both parents were of Irish extraction. He was educated at St Mary's, Failsworth, Manchester School of Commerce, and Manchester University...

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Fitzhugh, Henry, third Baron Fitzhugh (1363?–1425), administrator and diplomat, was the son of Henry, second Baron Fitzhugh (d. 1386), and Joan, daughter of Henry Scrope, first Baron Scrope of Masham (Yorkshire), and sister of Archbishop Richard Scrope of York. The family seat was ...

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Edward Grimston (d. 1478) by Petrus Christus, 1446 © The National Gallery, London

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Grimston, Edward (d. 1478), administrator and diplomat, was the son of Robert Grimston, and of his wife, a daughter (name unknown) of Sir Anthony Spelman or Spilman. His place and date of birth are not known. His father, the second son of an old ...

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Laithwaite, Sir (John) Gilbert (1894–1986), civil servant and diplomatist, was born on 5 July 1894 in Dublin, the eldest in the family of two sons and two daughters of John Gilbert Laithwaite, of the Post Office survey, of Dublin, and his wife, Mary...

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Legh, Alexander (c. 1435–1504?), administrator and diplomat, came from Caragill, Aston Moor, in Cumberland. Educated at Eton College (1445–50) and King's College, Cambridge (from January 1451), he graduated MA in 1457–8. Appointed warden of Freckenham chantry, Kent, in February 1462, and then rector of ...

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Nanfan, Sir Richard (1445–1507), diplomat and administrator, was the son of John Nanfan of Trethewell, Cornwall, and Birts Morton, Worcestershire, and of Jane, widow of Sir Renfrey Arundell of Lanherne, Cornwall. John Nanfan was a Beauchamp retainer who was appointed an esquire of the king's body and governor of the ...

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Napier, Sir Alexander, of Merchiston (d. 1473/4), administrator and diplomat, was the eldest son of Alexander Napier, provost of Edinburgh in 1438. His father acquired the lands of Nether Merchiston, Edinburghshire, as security for a loan to James I. This was never repaid and the ...

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Offord, John (c. 1290–1349), diplomat and administrator, was a brother of Andrew Offord (b. c. 1305, d. in or before 1358) and possibly a kinsman of the John Offord who died in 1375. Presumably born in Offord in Huntingdonshire, where in 1332 he was to have custody of lands pending the majority of the heir, he was a bachelor fellow of ...

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Pace, Richard (1483?–1536), diplomat, humanist, and administrator, was probably born in Winchester, Hampshire, in 1483, of parents whose identity is unknown. The Pace family were probably members of the minor gentry. Few details of Pace's early life are known, apart from those revealed in his ...

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Poynings, Sir Edward (1459–1521), administrator, soldier, and diplomat, was born in the autumn of 1459, probably at his father's house in Southwark.

Poynings was the only son of Robert Poynings (c. 1419–1461) [see under Poynings, Michael] and his wife, Elizabeth Paston (1429?–1487/8)...

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Shoreditch, Sir John (d. 1345), administrator and diplomat, was of obscure origins. He was styled magister in 1315, presumably of Oxford—two years later an inquiry was ordered into an allegation that he had been abducted and robbed there. By 1321 he occurs as DCL....

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Wenlock, John, first Baron Wenlock (d. 1471), diplomat, administrator, and speaker of the House of Commons, was the second son of William Wenlock (d. in or after 1415), a Bedfordshire landowner, and his wife, Margaret Briton. John Wenlock inherited the family properties in 1429, following the death of his elder brother, ...

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Edward Wotton, first Baron Wotton (1548–1628) by unknown artist private collection in England. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Wotton, Edward, first Baron Wotton (1548–1628), diplomat and administrator, was born at Boughton Manor, Boughton Malherbe, Kent, the second but first surviving son among the six sons and three daughters of Thomas Wotton (b. in or before 1521, d. 1587) [see under...