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Beale, Robert (1541–1601), administrator and diplomat, was the first son of Robert Beale (d. 1545?), mercer, of London, and his wife, Amy, sister of Sir Richard Morison (c. 1510–1556), humanist and diplomat. Although he made his career in royal service, Beale retained close ties with the ...

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Carew, Sir George (c. 1556–1612), administrator and diplomat, was probably born at Antony, Cornwall, the second son of Thomas Carew (c.1527–1564), landowner, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Richard Edgcumbe and his second wife, Elizabeth. Richard Carew the historian was his brother. In 1577, after university, presumably ...

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Cheyne, Sir Thomas (c. 1485–1558), administrator and diplomat, was the eldest son of William Cheyne of Shurland, Isle of Sheppey, Kent (d. 1487), and his second wife, Margaret Young. The eldest of nine brothers, William Cheyne was constable of Queenborough Castle in ...

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Davison, William (d. 1608), diplomat and administrator, presents a number of biographical problems. Sir James Melville of Halhill recorded that Davison told him that he 'was com of Scotismen and was a Scotisman at hart', but hardly anything is known about his background or his personal life (...

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Hill, Richard (1655/6–1727), diplomat and public servant, was born at Hawkstone, Shropshire, and baptized at Hodnet on 23 March 1656, the second son of Rowland Hill (bap. 1623?) of Hawkstone and his wife, Margaret Whitehall of Doddington, Shropshire. From Shrewsbury School, Hill...

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Paget, William, first Baron Paget (1505/6–1563), diplomat and administrator, was born probably in Colman Street near the Guildhall, London, the son of John Pachett or Paget of London, a citizen of small fortune variously employed as a shearman and sergeant-at-mace to the sheriff of ...

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William Paget, first Baron Paget (1505/66–1563) by unknown artist Plas Newydd, The Anglesey Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Sadler, Sir Ralph (1507–1587), diplomat and administrator, was probably born in Warwickshire, the first son of Henry Sadler, administrator, of Warwickshire and Hackney, Middlesex. His father was a steward of Sir Edward Belknap until 1521, when he acquired a house in Hackney. He then became steward of ...

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Sir Ralph Sadler (1507–1587) by unknown sculptor St Mary's Church, Standon; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Vane, Sir Henry (1589–1655), administrator and diplomat, was born on 18 February 1589, the eldest son of Henry Vane (or Fane; 1560–1596) of Hadlow, Kent, and his second wife, Margaret (d. 1630), daughter of Roger Twysden. He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford...

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Sir Henry Vane (1589–1655) by Michiel Janszoon van Miereveldt, 1630 photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Waad, Sir William (1546–1623), diplomat and administrator, was the son and heir of Armagil Waad (d. 1568), clerk of the privy council, and his first wife, Alice Patten (d. 1557/8). He attended Gray's Inn in 1571. Waad's entrée to Elizabethan officialdom was his father's old friend and patron, ...

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Wotton, Edward, first Baron Wotton (1548–1628), diplomat and administrator, was born at Boughton Manor, Boughton Malherbe, Kent, the second but first surviving son among the six sons and three daughters of Thomas Wotton (b. in or before 1521, d. 1587) [see under...

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Edward Wotton, first Baron Wotton (1548–1628) by unknown artist private collection in England. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London