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William Kirkpatrick (1754–1812) by Thomas Hickey, c. 1799–1800 [with his assistants] National Gallery of Ireland

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Kirkpatrick, William (1754–1812), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was the illegitimate son of James Kirkpatrick (1730–1818), a colonel in the East India Company's army, and Mrs Booth, wife of a London solicitor. Born in Ireland, Kirkpatrick was raised at boarding-school, supported but unacknowledged by his father. In 1771 his father, ...

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Monteith, William (1790–1864), army officer in the East India Company, diplomatist, and historian, son of William Monteith and his wife, Janet Goodwin, was born in the Abbey parish, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 22 June 1790. On 18 March 1809 he was appointed a lieutenant in the ...

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Palmer, William (1740–1816), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was the son of Samuel Palmer of Holborn Yard, London, and his wife, Frances. He joined the British army, serving in the West Indies where in St Kitts in 1761 he married ...

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William Palmer (1740–1816) by Johan Zoffany, 1785 [Palmer family (1740–1816): [centre], with (left) Faizh Baksh and their children Mary, Hastings (on his mother's knee), and William Palmer (1780–1867); (right) a figure thought to be the sister of Faizh Baksh; and three attendants] The British Library

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Pottinger, Eldred (1811–1843), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was born in Ireland on 12 August 1811, the eldest son of Thomas Pottinger of Mount Pottinger, co. Down, and his first wife, Charlotte (d. 1813), only daughter of James Hamilton Moore...

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Symes, Michael (1761–1809), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was born in co. Wicklow, the youngest of the five children of Richard Symes of Balletarth, and Eleanor, daughter of Loftus Cliffe of co. Wexford. In November 1778, aged sixteen, he entered Trinity College, Dublin. He appears to have been well educated, for his later writings indicate that he was very familiar with many works in history, philosophy, and natural history. He went to ...

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Turner, Samuel (1759–1802), army officer in the East India Company and diplomatist, was born on 19 April 1759 and baptized on 17 May at St John's Church, Gloucester. His father, John Turner, was a prosperous local grocer and his mother was Ann Warren...