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Blount, Sir Walter (d. 1403), soldier and diplomat, of Barton Blount, Derbyshire, was the third son of Sir John Blount (d. 1358) of Sodington, Worcestershire, and of his first wife, Iseult, daughter and heir of Thomas Mountjoy of Gayton, Staffordshire. Immortalized by ...

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John Bourchier, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533) attrib. Ambrosius Benson, c. 1521–6 Galerie Jan der Maere

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Bourchier, John, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator, was the son of Sir Humphrey Bourchier (d. 1471) and Elizabeth (d. 1497), daughter and sole heir of Frederick Tilney of Boston, Lincolnshire. His father, a Yorkist, was killed at the battle of ...

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Braithwaite, John (1696–1740), soldier and diplomatist, was the second of three sons born to John Braithwaite (1666–1739), a member of a prominent Westmorland family, and his wife, Silvestra Cooke (d. 1739). In his preface to his History of the Revolutions in the Empire of Morocco...

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Brian, Guy, Baron Brian (c. 1310–1390), soldier and diplomat, was the son and heir of Sir Guy Brian of Torbryan, Devon, and an unknown mother. He is first recorded during Edward III's Scottish campaign of 1327, when he was present at the surprise attack on the English by the ...

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Burghersh, Bartholomew, the younger, third Lord Burghersh (d. 1369), soldier and diplomat, was the eldest son of Bartholomew Burghersh the elder (d. 1355) and Elizabeth Verdon (1305/6–1364). He married first Cicily Wayland (or Weyland), the daughter of Richard Weyland, and second Margaret (...

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Colville, James, first Lord Colville of Culross (c. 1551–1629), soldier and diplomat, was the first son of Sir James Colville, (b. 1532?, d. in or before 1562), laird of Easter Wemyss, and his wife, Janet, daughter of Sir Robert Douglas of Lochleven...

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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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Dodson, Sir Derek Sherborne Lindsell (1920–2003), soldier and diplomatist, was born on 20 January 1920 at 25 Grange Road, Cambridge, the eldest son of Charles Sherborne Dodson, a Lincolnshire GP, and his wife, Irene Frances, née Lindsell. He was educated at Flete House, Westgate-on-Sea...

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Duras, Louis, second earl of Feversham (1641–1709), soldier and diplomat, was born at Duras, Guyenne, France, the sixth and youngest son of Guy Aldonce de Durfort, marquis de Duras, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, duc de Bouillon...

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Fairfax, Thomas, first Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1560–1640), diplomat, soldier, and horse breeder, was born at Bilbrough, near York, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Fairfax (1521–1600) of Denton and Nun Appleton, Yorkshire, and Dorothy (d. 1596), daughter of George Gale, goldsmith and lord mayor of ...

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Fitzalan, Richard, third earl of Arundel and eighth earl of Surrey (c. 1313–1376), soldier, diplomat, and royal councillor, known as ‘Copped Hat’, was the son of Edmund Fitzalan, second earl of Arundel (1285–1326), and Alice, sister of John de Warenne, seventh earl of Surrey...

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Grandson [Grandison], Sir Otto de (c. 1238–1328), soldier and diplomat, was the eldest son of Pierre de Grandson, lord of Grandson, on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel (now in Switzerland), and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Ulric, count of Neuchâtel. His move away from the family home and into English affairs resulted from his father's position as the household knight and dependent of ...

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Grey [Gray], Sir John, count of Tancarville (1384x91–1421), soldier and diplomat, was the second son of the Northumberland knight, Sir Thomas Grey (1359–1400) of Heaton (Heaton Moor) and of Wark-on-Tweed, Northumberland (a property acquired in 1398), and Joan (d. 1410)...

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Grey, Richard, fourth Baron Grey of Codnor (c. 1371–1418), soldier and diplomat, was the son of Henry Grey (d. 1379) and Joan Cobham; he succeeded his grandfather John Grey, third Baron Grey of Codnor (1305x11?–1392), in 1392. As a young man he joined ...

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Henry of Lancaster [Henry of Grosmont], first duke of Lancaster (c. 1310–1361), soldier and diplomat, was the son of Henry, third earl of Lancaster (c. 1280–1345), and Maud Chaworth (d. 1317×22).

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Henry of Lancaster, first duke of Lancaster (c. 1310–1361) manuscript painting, c. 1430 The British Library

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Jerningham, Sir Richard (d. 1525), soldier and diplomat, was the second son of Sir John Jerningham (d. 1503) of Somerleyton, Suffolk, and Isabel, daughter and heir of Sir Gervase Clifton. The family was certainly of ancient lineage and its genealogy can be traced back to the beginning of the thirteenth century to a ...

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Klux, Sir Hartung von [Sir Hartung van Clux] (d. 1445), diplomat and soldier, was from central Europe, but there is uncertainty about his precise origins (whether a Dane or a German); his family seems to have been settled at Gröditz, near Bautzen, and ...