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Ascham, Anthony (bap. 1614, d. 1650), diplomat and pamphleteer, was baptized on 6 March 1614 in Boston, Lincolnshire, the son of Thomas and Cicilly (d. 1634) Ascham or Ascombe. Little is known of his parents, though Allen states he was descended of the same family as ...

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Dudley Carleton, Viscount Dorchester (1574–1632) by Michiel Janszoon van Miereveldt, c. 1620 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carleton, Dudley, Viscount Dorchester (1574–1632), diplomat and letter writer, was born on 10 March 1574, the second son of Antony Carleton of Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire, and his second wife, Jocosa, daughter of John Goodwin of Winchendon, Buckinghamshire. Educated first at Westminster School under ...

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Fox, Henry Edward, fourth Baron Holland of Holland and fourth Baron Holland of Foxley (1802–1859), diarist and diplomatist, was born on 7 March 1802 at Holland House, Kensington. He was the only surviving legitimate son of Henry Richard Fox, third Baron Holland (1773–1840)...

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Harvey, Oliver Charles, first Baron Harvey of Tasburgh (1893–1968), diplomatist and diarist, was born on 26 November 1893 at Rainthorpe Hall, near Norwich, the only son of Sir Charles Harvey, second baronet (1849–1928), landowner, and his second wife, Mary Anne Edith (d...

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Oliver Charles Harvey, first Baron Harvey of Tasburgh (1893–1968) by Walter Bird, 1958 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Melville, Sir James, of Halhill (1535/6–1617), diplomat and autobiographer, was the third son of Sir John Melville, fourth laird of Raith (d. 1548), and his second wife, Helen (d. in or after 1584), daughter of Sir Alexander Napier of Merchiston and his wife, ...

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O'Brien, Conor Cruise (1917–2008), diplomatist, politician, and author, was born Donal Conor David Dermod Donat Cruise O'Brien at 44 Leinster Road, Dublin, on 3 November 1917, the son of Francis Cruise O'Brien (d. 1927), journalist, and his wife, Kathleen (Katherine), née Sheehy (...

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Conor Cruise O'Brien (1917–2008) by unknown photographer, 1968 Getty Images