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Bruce, Robert (d. 1602), political agent and spy, was 'the son of a poor gentleman and a merchant's daughter' (CSP Scot., 1597–1603, 609), and a brother of the laird of Bynnie. He acted for some time as secretary to ...

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Chitnis, Pratap Chidamber, Baron Chitnis (1936–2013), political organizer and charity director, was born Pertab Chidamber Chitnis on 1 May 1936 at the Welbeck Hospital, 27 Welbeck Street, St Marylebone, London, the son of Chidamber Narayan Chitnis (1904–1975), medical practitioner, and his wife, Lucia (Harabandini), ...

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Dicsone [Dickson], Alexander (bap. 1558, d. 1603/4), philosophical writer and political agent, was baptized at Kirkton, Errol, Scotland, in December 1558, as the son of Alexander Dickson and Margaret Hay. He was educated at St Leonard's College, St Andrews (graduating 1577). He may have spent part of the next few years on the continent (perhaps in ...

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Ginnell, Laurence (bap. 1852, d. 1923), lawyer and Irish republican, was baptized at Delvin, co. Westmeath, on 9 April 1852, an elder twin, and one of three sons of Laurence Ginnell, a small tenant farmer of Great Crowinstown, and his wife, Mary, née...

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Gregory, Arthur John Peter Michael Maundy (1877–1941), honours broker, was born on 1 July 1877 at 9 Portland Terrace, Southampton, second of three sons of Francis Maundy Gregory (1849–1899), clergyman, and his wife, Elizabeth Ursula Wynell, née Mayow (1847–1936), cousin of third Baron Lyveden...

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Horn, Alexander [name in religion Maurus] (1762–1820), Benedictine monk and political agent, was born in north-east Scotland on 28 June 1762, the son of Alexander Horn and Jeanette, his wife (d. 1807). His father was descended from the Horns, lairds of Westhall...

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Ray, Thomas Mathew (1801–1881), political organizer, was born in Dublin, the eldest son of Mathew Ray, a master cooper, and his wife, Sarah Carton. Brought up a Catholic, he received a classical education at Dublin schools. In 1842 Ray was admitted to both the ...

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Yaxley, Francis (b. before 1528, d. 1565), political agent, was the eldest son of Richard Yaxley of Mellis, Suffolk, and Anne, daughter of Roger Austin of Earl Soham, Suffolk. The Yaxley family, based at Yaxley Hall, had joined the ranks of the Suffolk...