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Biddulph, Sir Thomas Myddleton (1809–1878), courtier and army officer, born on 29 July 1809, was the second son of Robert Biddulph of Ledbury and Charlotte, the daughter and coheir of Richard Myddleton MP, of Chirk Castle, of the old Welsh family of Myddleton...

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Sir Thomas Myddleton Biddulph (1809–1878) by Heinrich von Angeli, 1878 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Bloomfield, Benjamin, first Baron Bloomfield (1768–1846), army officer and courtier, the only son of John Bloomfield, of Newport, co. Tipperary, a lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, Anne (d. 1828), daughter of Samuel Waller, barrister, and sister of Sir Robert Waller, baronet...

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Bowles, Sir George (1787–1876), army officer and courtier, was born at Heale House, Wiltshire, the second son of William Bowles of Heale House, and Dinah Frankland, daughter of Admiral Sir Thomas Frankland, bt. William Bowles was his elder brother. He entered the army...

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Sir Frederick Arthur Montague Browning (1896–1965) by Sir Gerald Kelly, 1923 © reserved; private collection; © reserved in the photograph

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Browning, Sir Frederick Arthur Montague (1896–1965), army officer and courtier, often known as Boy Browning, or as Tommy to intimates, was born on 20 December 1896, at 31 Hans Road, Brompton, London, the second child and only son of Frederick Henry Browning and his wife, ...

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Claypole [Cleypole, Claypoole], John, appointed Lord Cleypole under the protectorate (1625–1688), army officer and courtier, was born on 21 August 1625, the eldest son of John Claypole of Northborough, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Mary Angell. James Claypoole was his younger brother. John Claypole senior...

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Edwards, Sir Fleetwood Isham (1842–1910), army officer and courtier, second son of Thomas Edwards of Woodside, Harrow on the Hill, and his wife, Hester Magdalen Penelope, daughter of the Revd William Wilson, of Knowle Hall, Warwickshire, was born at Thames Ditton on 21 April 1842. Educated at ...

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Fitzcharles, Charles, earl of Plymouth (c. 1657–1680), courtier and army officer, was born, probably in Bruges, in 1657, the illegitimate son of Charles II (1630–1685), and Catherine Pegge (d. 1678). His mother's liaison with the exiled king had come to an end by 1658, and he was brought up by her in the ...

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FitzRoy [formerly Palmer], George, duke of Northumberland (1665–1716), courtier and army officer, was born on 28 December 1665 at Merton College, Oxford, the third and youngest son of Charles II and Barbara Palmer, countess of Castlemaine (bap. 1640, d. 1709). For the first few years of his life he was officially the son of his mother's husband, ...

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Sir Martin John Gilliat (1913–1993) by Walter Bird, 1962 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gilliat, Sir Martin John (1913–1993), army officer and courtier, was born on 8 February 1913, the younger son and second of the three children of Lieutenant-Colonel John Babington Gilliat (1868–1949), army officer and landowner, of Hertfordshire, and his wife, Muriel Helen Lycette, née...

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William Gordon of Fyvie (1736–1816) by Pompeo Batoni, 1766 photograph by kind permission of The National Trust for Scotland

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Gordon, William, of Fyvie (1736–1816), army officer and courtier, was the eldest son of William Gordon, second earl of Aberdeen (bap. 1679, d. 1745), and his third wife, Lady Anne Gordon (d. 1791), daughter of Alexander Gordon, second earl of Gordon...

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Charles Grey (1804–1870) by Sir Francis Grant, 1868 private collection; photograph: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Grey, Charles (1804–1870), army officer and courtier, second surviving son of Charles Grey, second Earl Grey (1764–1845), and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Ponsonby (1776–1861), was born at Howick Hall, Northumberland, on 15 March 1804. He was educated at home under the supervision of his father, and entered the ...

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Harcourt, William, third Earl Harcourt (1743–1830), army officer and courtier, was born on 20 March 1743, the younger son of Simon Harcourt, first Earl Harcourt (1714–1777), and his wife, Rebecca (d. 1765), the only daughter and heir of Charles Samborne Le Bas...

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Miles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan- Howard, seventeenth duke of Norfolk (1915–2002) by Norman McBeath, 1993 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Miles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan-, seventeenth duke of Norfolk (1915–2002), army officer and courtier, was born at 49 Eaton Place, London, on 21 July 1915, the eldest of the eight children (four sons and four daughters) of Bernard Edward Fitzalan-Howard, third Baron Howard of Glossop...

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Jermyn, Henry, third Baron Jermyn and Jacobite earl of Dover (bap. 1636, d. 1708), courtier and army officer, second son of Thomas Jermyn (d. 1659) of Rushbrooke, Suffolk, and his wife, Rebecca Rodway (b. 1612/13), daughter of William Rodway, merchant of ...