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Cox, Sir John (d. 1672), naval officer and administrator, may have been the Captain John Cox of the Employment, hired by the state during the First Anglo-Dutch War in 1653. During the protectorate he gained considerable experience and an unblemished reputation as a ship's master. Upon the Restoration, and following his receipt of a certificate of loyalty, he was appointed master attendant at ...

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Crawford, William (1788–1847), prison inspector, the youngest son of Captain Robert Crawford and his wife, Mary Haw of Great Yarmouth, was born on 30 May 1788 in London, where his father ran a wine retail business. He was educated for a business career, but from 1805 to 1815 he worked at the ...

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Delafaye, Charles (1677–1762), public servant, was born on 25 July 1677 in Paris, probably the eldest of the three children of Lewis and Mary Delafaye. His father, whose family originated in Dijon, abjured the Roman Catholic faith, moved to England, and entered the service of the ...

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Leonard Horner (1785–1864) by unknown artist Heriot-Watt University Archive

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Horner, Leonard (1785–1864), factory inspector, geologist, and educationist, was born on 17 January 1785 at St George's Square, Edinburgh, the third and youngest son of John Horner (d. 1829), a wealthy whig linen merchant, and his wife, Joanna, née Baillie. In his youth his circle of acquaintances included ...

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Ker, Sir Thomas, of Ferniehirst (d. 1586), border chieftain and administrator, was the second son of Sir John Ker (d. 1562), laird of Ferniehirst, and his wife, Katherine Ker of Cessford. Thomas inherited the Ferniehirst estates on his father's death in 1562 and married ...

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Lyon, Sir Thomas, of Auldbar, master of Glamis (c. 1546–1608), nobleman and administrator, was the second son of John Lyon, seventh Lord Glamis (b. c. 1521, d. in or before 1559), and his wife, Jean, daughter of Robert Keith, master of Marischal; he was perhaps two years younger than his elder brother, ...

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MacGill [Mackgill], James, of Nether Rankeillour (d. 1579), lawyer and administrator, was born in Edinburgh, the eldest son of James MacGill, a substantial Edinburgh merchant who was treasurer of the burgh in 1532–3 and 1545–6 and a bailie in 1549–50; and Helen Wardlaw...

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John Loader Maffey, first Baron Rugby (1877–1969) by Philip A. de Laszlo, 1923 The de László Foundation; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maffey, John Loader, first Baron Rugby (1877–1969), public servant, was born at 6 High Street, Rugby, on 1 July 1877, the younger son of Thomas Maffey, commercial traveller, and his wife, Mary Penelope, daughter of John Loader, of Thame. He was educated at ...

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Napier, Sir Archibald, of Merchiston (1534–1608), administrator, was the eldest son of Alexander Napier of Merchiston (d. 1547) and his wife, Annabella, daughter of Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy. He was a minor when he succeeded his father, who was killed at the battle of ...

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North, Roger, second Baron North (1531–1600), nobleman and administrator, was born on 27 February 1531 in the parish of St Thomas the Apostle in London, the first child in the family of two sons and two daughters of Edward North, first Baron North...

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Sir Thomas Parry (b. in or before 1515, d. 1560) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Parry, Sir Thomas (b. in or before 1515, d. 1560), administrator, was the son of Sir Henry Vaughan of Tretower, Brecknockshire, and his wife, Gwenllian, daughter of William ap Grono of Brecon. He was born into a much intermarried group of Anglicized Welsh gentry who flourished under the ...

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Saxton, Sir Charles, baronet (1732–1808), commissioner of the navy, was the youngest son of Edward Saxton, a London merchant. In January 1745 he became a ‘captain's servant’ in the Gloucester (Captain Charles Saunders); he remained in her for three years, and was then in the ...

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Senior [née Hughes], Jane Elizabeth (1828–1877), workhouse and school inspector and philanthropist, was born on 10 December 1828 at Uffington House, Uffington, Berkshire, the only daughter of eight children of John Hughes (1790–1857), author, and his second wife, Margaret Elizabeth (1797–1887), second daughter of ...

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Stewart, James, earl of Arran (c. 1545–1596), courtier and administrator, was the second son of the eight children of Andrew Stewart, second Lord Ochiltree (1521?–1594?), and his first wife, Agnes Cunningham (d. in or after 1557), daughter of John Cunningham of Caprington...

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William Douglas Weir, first Viscount Weir (1877–1959) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Weir, William Douglas, first Viscount Weir (1877–1959), industrialist and public servant, was born on 12 May 1877, in a top flat at Albert Crescent, Crosshill, Glasgow, the eldest of three children of James Weir (1842/3–1920), and his wife, Mary, formerly Richmond (1848–1931), daughter of ...

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Thomas Wentworth, second Baron Wentworth and de jure seventh Baron Le Despenser (1525–1584) by unknown artist, 1568 © National Portrait Gallery, London