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Bentinck, Lord William Henry Cavendish- [known as Lord William Bentinck] (1774–1839), army officer, diplomatist, and governor-general of India, was born on 14 September 1774 at Burlington House in London, the second son of William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, third duke of Portland (1738–1809)...

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Borlase, Sir John (c. 1576–1648), army officer and politician, was born in Cornwall, the eldest son of Edward Borlase of London, mercer, and Suzannah Isham. He matriculated as a pensioner from King's College, Cambridge, about 1591 but did not graduate, being admitted to the ...

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Brownrigg, Sir Robert, first baronet (1759–1833), army officer and colonial governor, was born at Rockingham, co. Wicklow, Ireland, the second of the four sons of Henry Brownrigg (d. 1793) and his wife, Mary Alcock (d. 1819). Gazetted as ensign in 1775, his progress in the army was at first slow, his family lacking both wealth and influence. However, on 8 April 1789 ...

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Burgoyne, John (1723–1792), army officer, politician, and playwright, was born on 4 February 1723 at Park Prospect, Westminster, legally the son of Captain John Burgoyne (d. 1768) and his wife, Anna Maria, daughter of Charles Burneston of Hackney, but possibly fathered by ...

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Butler, James, second duke of Ormond (1665–1745), army officer, politician, and Jacobite conspirator, was born in Dublin Castle on 29 April 1665, the second and eldest surviving son of Thomas Butler, sixth earl of Ossory (1634–1680), soldier and politician, and his wife, Aemilia van Nassau (...

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Cadogan, William, Earl Cadogan (1671/2–1726), army officer and diplomat, was born at Liscarton, co. Meath, the eldest son of Henry Cadogan (d. 1715), barrister, and his wife, Bridget, daughter of Sir Hardress Waller. His grandfather was Major William Cadogan, governor of Trim...

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Carleton, Guy, first Baron Dorchester (1724–1808), army officer and colonial governor, was born on 3 September 1724 at Strabane, the third son of Christopher Carleton of Newry, co. Down, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of Henry Ball of co. Donegal. Upon the death of his father, after ...

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Churchill, John, first duke of Marlborough (1650–1722), army officer and politician, was born at the manor house of Ashe, near Musbury, Devon, on 26 May 1650 and baptized in the chapel of Ashe House on 2 June, the second, but first surviving, son of ...

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Colborne, John, first Baron Seaton (1778–1863), army officer and colonial governor, younger child of Samuel Colborne (d. 1785), a landowner of Lyndhurst, Hampshire, and his wife, Cordelia Ann (d. 1791), only daughter of John Garstin of Leragh Castle and Ballykerrin, co. Westmeath...

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Conway, Henry Seymour (1719–1795), army officer and politician, was born on 21 July 1719, probably at Lindsey House, Chelsea, Middlesex, the second son of Francis Seymour Conway, first Baron Conway of Ragley (1679–1732), and his third wife, Charlotte (c.1683–1734), the younger daughter of ...

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Craig, Sir James Henry (1748–1812), army officer and governor-in-chief of British North America, was born in Gibraltar of an eminent Scottish family, the son of Hew Craig, a judge at the British fortress of Gibraltar. He entered the army as an ensign in the ...

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Darling, Sir Ralph (1772–1858), army officer and colonial governor, was born in January or February 1772 at an unknown location in Ireland, the eldest in a family of three sons and two daughters. His father, Christopher, was a sergeant in the 45th regiment...

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Deedes, Sir Wyndham Henry (1883–1956), army officer, civil administrator, and social worker, was born on 10 March 1883 at 19 Westbourne Place, Belgravia, London, the second son of Colonel Herbert George Deedes, assistant under-secretary of state for war, and his wife, Rose Eleanor (...

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Denison, Sir William Thomas (1804–1871), army officer and colonial governor, the third son of John Denison (1758?–1820), of Ossington, Nottinghamshire, and his second wife, Charlotte Estwick, was born in London on 3 May 1804. (John) Evelyn Denison (1800–1873), Edward Denison (1801–1854), and George Anthony Denison (1805–1896)...

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Don, Sir George (1756–1832), army officer and colonial governor, was born in Edinburgh on 30 April 1756, the second of the three sons of John Don, a wine merchant, and his wife Ann Seton or Seaton. He entered the army as an ensign of the ...

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Doyle, Sir Charles Hastings (1804–1883), army officer and colonial administrator in Canada, the eldest son of Lieutenant-General Sir Charles William Doyle, CB GCH (1770–1842), and his wife, Sophia Cramer, the daughter of Sir John Coghill, was born on 10 April 1804 in London...

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Durand, Sir Henry Marion (1812–1871), army and political officer in India, was born on 6 November 1812 at Coulandon, France. The Life (1883) by his son gave neither Durand's father's nor his mother's name. However, Durand was apparently the illegitimate son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Percy (1785–1825)...

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D'Urban, Sir Benjamin (1777–1849), army officer and colonial governor, was born on 16 February 1777 at Halesworth, Suffolk, the youngest and only surviving son of the local doctor, John D'Urban, and his wife, Elizabeth Gooch, daughter of a surgeon. He entered the army...

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Eden, Sir Robert, first baronet (1741–1784), army officer and colonial governor, was born on 14 September 1741 in Durham, the second son of Sir Robert Eden, third baronet (c.1712–1755), of West Auckland, MP, and his wife, Mary (c.1720–1794), daughter of ...

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Edwardes, Sir Herbert Benjamin (1819–1868), army and political officer in India, was born on 12 November 1819 at Frodesley, Shropshire, the second son of the Revd Benjamin Edwardes (1790–1822), who had succeeded his own the Revd Sir John Thomas Cholmondeley Edwardes, eighth baronet, as rector of ...