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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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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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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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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 ...

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Lannoy, Ghillebert de (1386–1462), soldier and diplomat, was the second son of Ghillebert de Lannoy, seigneur of Beaumont (d. 1406), and his wife, Catherine de Molembaix (d. 1433). Until he was thirty the younger Ghillebert, who became seigneur of Willerval, led the life of a hyperactive devotee of the chivalric ethos, pursuing connections which linked his own native milieu of ...

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Moels [Meulles, Molis], Sir Nicholas de (d. 1268/9), soldier and diplomat, was of uncertain origins. The fact that his landed interests came to be heavily concentrated in south-west England suggests an affiliation (albeit probably remote) with the Devon family of Molis or Mules...

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Noailles, Antoine de (1504–1563), soldier and diplomat, was born on 4 September 1504 at the Château de la Fage, Noailles, the eldest son of Louis (1485–1540), seigneur de Noailles, of a modest family of the ancient provincial nobility of the sword of Limousin...

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O'Leary, Daniel Florencio (1801–1854), soldier, diplomatist, and author, was born in late January or early February 1801 in Cook Street, Cork, the eighth of the ten children of Jeremiah O'Leary (1757–1830), merchant, and his wife, Caroline, née Burke (d. 1837). He was baptized a Catholic on 4 February. Little is known of his school years, but meeting the Irish nationalist ...

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Percy, Thomas, earl of Worcester (c. 1343–1403), soldier and diplomat, was the younger son of Henry Percy, third Lord Percy (c. 1321–1368), and Mary (d. 1362), daughter of Henry of Lancaster, a grandson of Henry III recognized as earl of Lancaster in 1327. ...

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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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Sherley [Shirley], Anthony [known as Sir Anthony Sherley], Count Sherley in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1565–1636?), adventurer and diplomat in the Persian service, was born at the family estate of Wiston in Sussex, one of nine children of Sir Thomas Sherley (c. 1542–1612)...