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Blood, Thomas (1617/18–1680), adventurer and spy, was born at Sarney, co. Meath. His early life is obscure, but it was later claimed that his father (who was possibly Neptune Blood) was a blacksmith and ironworker, 'serious, honest and of no inferior credit...

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Boisragon, Alan Maxwell (1860–1922), army officer and police commander, was born in Meerut, Bengal, India, on 22 January 1860, the only child of Major General Theodore Walter Ross Boisragon (1830–1882) and his wife Margaret Emma Gerrard (d. 1883). In ...

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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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Carew, Sir Peter (1514?–1575), soldier and conspirator, was the third son of Sir William Carew (c.1483–1536) of Mohun's Ottery, Devon, and his wife, Joan (d. 1554), daughter of Sir William Courtenay of Powderham and his second wife, Mary. The eldest son, ...

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Deane, Richard (bap. 1610, d. 1653), army and naval officer and regicide, was baptized on 8 July 1610 in the parish church of Guiting Power, a younger son of Edward Deane (d. before 1653) of Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire, and his second wife, ...

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Drury, Sir William (1527–1579), soldier and lord justice of Ireland, was born on 2 October 1527 at Hawstead, Suffolk, the third of five sons of Sir Robert Drury (b. before 1503, d. 1577), landowner, of Hedgerley, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of ...

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Fraser, Simon, eleventh Lord Lovat (1667/8–1747), Jacobite conspirator, army officer, and outlaw, was the second but first surviving son of Thomas Fraser (1631–1699), sometimes styled 'of Beaufort' (the third son of Hugh Fraser, seventh Lord Lovat), and Sybilla Macleod (...

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Hind, James (bap. 1616, d. 1652), highwayman and royalist soldier, was baptized at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, on 15 July 1616, the tenth of thirteen children of Edward Hind (d. 1656), a saddler, and his wife, Anne Smythe. His father was evidently a man of some position in the parish, three times serving as churchwarden. On 24 February 1638 ...

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Horwood, Sir William Thomas Francis (1868–1943), army officer and police administrator, was born in November 1868, the youngest son of Charles Horwood of the Manor House, Broadwater, Sussex. At twenty he was commissioned into the 5th lancers, serving as recruiting officer and adjutant for the ...

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Ireton, Henry (bap. 1611, d. 1651), parliamentarian army officer and regicide, was baptized on 3 November 1611 in the parish church of Attenborough, Nottinghamshire. His father, German Ireton (d. 1624), who had settled in Attenborough about 1605, was the younger brother of ...

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Lomax, Eric Sutherland (1919–2012), prisoner of war and author, was born on 30 May 1919 at 11 Bedford Terrace, Portobello, Edinburgh, the only child of John Lomax (1878–1950), post office clerk, later post office manager, formerly a Stockport pawnbroker's assistant, and his wife, ...

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Ludlow [Ludlowe], Edmund (1616/17–1692), army officer and regicide, was born in Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, the son of Sir Henry Ludlow (1592?–1643) of Maiden Bradley and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1660), daughter of Richard Phelips of Montacute, Somerset.

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Rowan, Sir Charles (1782?–1852), army officer and police officer, was born in co. Antrim, the fifth son of Robert Rowan (1754–1832) of Garry, co. Antrim, and North Lodge, Carrickfergus, and Mary, daughter of Hill Wilson of Purdysburn, co. Down. Field Marshal Sir William Rowan...

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Scrope, Adrian (1601–1660), army officer and regicide, was born at Wormsley Hall in Oxfordshire, the son of Robert Scrope and Margaret Cornwall, daughter of Richard Cornwall of London; he was baptized at Lewknor on 12 January 1601. Scrope was educated at Hart Hall, Oxford...

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Slingsby, Sir Henry, first baronet (1602–1658), royalist army officer and conspirator, was born on 14 January 1602, second son of Sir Henry Slingsby (d. 1634) of Scriven, Yorkshire, and his wife, Frances (d. 1611), daughter of William Vavasour of Weston. Although the ...

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Wall, Joseph (1737–1802), army officer and murderer, was born in Dublin, the eldest son of Gereld or Garrett Wall, a well-to-do tenant farmer on the estate of Sir John Denny Vesey, second baronet, near Abbeyleix in Queen's county. Details of his early life are sparse. His family were Roman Catholic but he and his brothers converted to protestantism. Most accounts state that at the age of fifteen he attended ...

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Warren, Sir Charles (1840–1927), army officer, police commissioner, and archaeologist, was born on 7 February 1840 at Fairview House, Bangor, Caernarvonshire, the second son of Major-General Sir Charles Warren (1798–1866) and his first wife, Mary Anne (d. 1846), daughter of William Hughes...

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Whitmore, Sir George Stoddart (1829–1903), army officer and police officer in New Zealand, was born in Malta on 30 May 1829, the son of Lieutenant (later Major) George St Vincent Whitmore RE and his wife, Isabella Maxwell, the daughter of Sir John Stoddart...