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Buchan, Alastair Francis (1918–1976), writer on strategic and international affairs, was born at 76 Portland Place, London, on 9 September 1918, the third son and the fourth and youngest child of John Buchan, first Baron Tweedsmuir (1875–1940), and his wife, Susan Charlotte (1882–1977)...

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Downing, Sir George, first baronet (1623–1684), diplomat and financial reformer, was born in Dublin in August 1623, the son of Emmanuel Downing (1585–1659), attorney and clerk, of the Inner Temple and Lucy (1601–1679), sister of John Winthrop, first governor of the colony of ...

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Wake, Sir Isaac (1580/81–1632), diplomat and political commentator, was the second son of Arthur Wake (c.1543–1596), master of St John's Hospital, Northampton, and canon of Christ Church, Oxford, and his wife, Christian (d. 1609), daughter of Sir William Wigston of ...

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Watson, John Hugh [Adam] (1914–2007), diplomatist and scholar of international relations, was born at Lazonby, Battenberg Avenue (later Carisbrooke Road), Leicester, on 10 August 1914, the elder son of Joseph Charlton Watson, banker, and his wife, Alice, née Tate. He spent his early years in ...

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Wilkinson, Paul (1937–2011), international relations scholar, was born on 9 May 1937 in the maternity home at 11 Hindes Road, Harrow, Middlesex, the son of Walter Ross Wilkinson (1906–1985), distiller's clerk, later an assistant sales manager, and his wife, Joan Rosemary, née Paul (...