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Allen, Mary Sophia (1878–1964), police officer, was born on 12 March 1878 at 2 Marlborough Terrace, Newport Road, Roath, Glamorgan, the daughter of Thomas Isaac Allen (1841–1911), a superintendent of the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Margaret Sophia Carlyle (...

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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...

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Bacon, Sir Nicholas (1510–1579), lawyer and administrator, was born on Childermas day (28 December) 1510, the second son and one of the five children of Robert Bacon (d. 1548), yeoman and sheep-reeve to the abbot of Bury St Edmunds, and his wife, ...

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Bradford, Sir Edward Ridley Colborne, first baronet (1836–1911), administrator in India and police officer, was born on 27 July 1836 at Hambleden Cottage, Buckinghamshire, the second son of William Mussage Kirkwall Bradford (1806–1872), who was rector successively of Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire; Weeke, Hampshire...

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Chalmers, Sir Mackenzie Dalzell (1847–1927), judge and civil servant, was born on 7 February 1847 at Nonington, near Barham, Kent, the second son of the Revd Frederick Skene Courtenay Chalmers, rector of Nonington and his wife, Matilda, daughter of the Revd William Marsh...

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Colquhoun, Patrick (1745–1820), magistrate and a founder of the Thames police, and his twin, Ann, were born on 14 March 1745 in Dumbarton. Their parents, Adam Colquhoun (1711–c.1755), sheriff-substitute and keeper of the register of sasines for Dunbartonshire, and Isabell, née...

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Daley, Harry (1901–1971), police officer and author, was born at 49 Stevens Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 14 November 1901, the second son and fourth of the five children of Joseph Daley (d. 1911), skipper of a fishing smack, and his wife, Emily Firman...

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Goodman, Arnold Abraham, Baron Goodman (1913–1995), solicitor and public servant, was born on 21 August 1913 at 26 Bodney Road, Hackney, London, the younger son of Joseph Goodman (1879/1880–1940), master draper, and his wife, Bertha (1887–1959), daughter of Joseph Mauerberger, businessman. His name was given on his birth certificate as ...

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Hawley, John, the elder (c. 1350–1408), pirate, merchant, and administrator, of Dartmouth, Devon, was the younger son of the first John Hawley who settled in Dartmouth some time before 1340. Hawley was elected mayor for the first time in 1374—the beginning of a career which would make him the richest and most important man in ...

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Hetherington, Sir Thomas Chalmers [Tony] (1926–2007), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 18 September 1926 at 4 Francis Street, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, the elder son and eldest of three children of William Maxwell Hetherington, medical practitioner, and his wife, Alice Mary Cooper, née...

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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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Kent, Sir Harold Simcox (1903–1998), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 11 November 1903 at Tientsin (Tianjin), China, the younger son in the family of two sons and one daughter of Percy Horace Braund Kent (1876–1963), a barrister practising in the consular courts at ...

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Mathew, Sir Theobald (1898–1964), lawyer and public servant, was born in London on 4 November 1898, the elder son of Charles James Mathew (1872–1923), barrister and briefly (1922–3) Labour MP for Whitechapel, and his wife, Anna, daughter of James Archbold Cassidy, of Monasterevan, co. Kildare...

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Mills [née Warnock], Dame Barbara Jean Lyon (1940–2011), barrister and public servant, was born on 10 August 1940 at Wroxton, Lower Road, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, the elder daughter of John Lyon Warnock, chartered accountant, and his wife, Nora Kitty, née Sheather (1911–1997). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Montagu, Henry, first earl of Manchester (c. 1564–1642), judge and government official, was born at Boughton, Northamptonshire, the third surviving son of Sir Edward Montagu (c.1532–1602) of Boughton and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1542–1618), daughter of Sir James Harington of ...

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Neill, Francis Patrick (Pat), Baron Neill of Bladen (1926–2016), barrister, public servant, and college head, was born on 8 August 1926 at 12 Gainsborough Gardens, Hampstead, London, the youngest of four children (a daughter and three sons) of Sir Thomas Neill...

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Nuthall, Thomas (bap. 1716, d. 1775), lawyer and public official, was baptized on 22 April 1716 at the Presbyterian meeting house in Norwich, Norfolk, the only surviving son of Benjamin Nuthall, merchant (twice mayor of Norwich, in 1721 and 1749) and his second wife, ...

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Oxford, Sir Kenneth Gordon (1924–1998), police officer, was born on 25 June 1924 at 44 Bengeworth Road, Camberwell, London, the son of Ernest George Oxford, at that time a stoker in a hospital and later an interior decorator, and his wife, Gladys Violet Seaman...

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Pratt, John Tidd (1797–1870), barrister and civil servant, was born in London on 13 December 1797, the second son of John Pratt, surgeon, of Kensington. He was admitted a student at the Inner Temple in 1819 and called to the bar in 1824. He married on 20 May 1821 ...

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Radcliffe, Cyril John, Viscount Radcliffe (1899–1977), lawyer and public servant, was born at Plas Gwyn, Llanychan, Denbighshire, on 30 March 1899, the third in the family of four sons of Captain Alfred Ernest Radcliffe, of the Royal Lancashire regiment, and his wife, Sybil Harriet...