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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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Blount, Charles, eighth Baron Mountjoy and earl of Devonshire (1563–1606), soldier and administrator, was the second son of James Blount, sixth Baron Mountjoy (1532/3–1581), nobleman [see under Blount, Charles, fifth Baron Mountjoy], and his wife, Catherine (d. 1576), daughter of ...

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Camoys, Thomas, Baron Camoys (c. 1350–1420/21), administrator and soldier, was the son of John Camoys and heir of his uncle Thomas, Lord Camoys. The uncle died on 11 April 1372, and his lands were given to the heir on 12 October. Camoys served with the retinue of his kinsman ...

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Carew, George, earl of Totnes (1555–1629), soldier and administrator, was born on 29 May 1555, the second son of George Carew (1497/8–1583), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne (d. 1605), daughter of Sir Nicholas Harvey and his second wife, Bridget...

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Cromwell, Henry (1628–1674), soldier, politician, and lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born on 20 January 1628 at Huntingdon and baptized there at All Saints' Church on 29 January, the fifth of nine children and fourth among the five sons of Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658)...

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Daubeney, Giles, first Baron Daubeney (1451/2–1508), administrator, soldier, and diplomat, was the elder son and heir of Sir William Daubeney (1424–1461) [see under Daubeney family] of South Petherton, Somerset, and his wife, Alice (b. 1432), third daughter and coheir of ...

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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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Donne [Dwn], Sir John (d. 1503), soldier and administrator, was descended from the Donne family of Kidwelly. His forebears were active soldiers, and John is said to have been born in Picardy, where his father, Gruffudd Donne (d. in or before 1448)...

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Fergusson, Sir Charles, of Kilkerran, seventh baronet (1865–1951), army officer and administrator, was born in Edinburgh on 17 January 1865, the elder son of Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, sixth baronet (1832–1907), and his first wife, Lady Edith Christian Ramsay (d. 1871)...

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Fitzalan, Thomas, fifth earl of Arundel and tenth earl of Surrey (1381–1415), soldier and administrator, was the second son and heir of Richard (III) Fitzalan, fourth earl of Arundel and ninth earl of Surrey, and Elizabeth de Bohun (d. 1385). On the execution and forfeiture of his father in 1397, the honour of ...

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Grimston, Edward (1507/8–1600), soldier and administrator, was born between February 1507 and February 1508, probably at Thorndon, Suffolk, or at Ipswich, elder son (at his father's death he had a brother and two sisters) of Edward Grimston (1462–1520), gentleman, of Thorndon (probably Rishangles Lodge...

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Hamond, Sir Andrew Snape, first baronet (1738–1828), naval officer and administrator, was born in Blackheath, Kent, on 17 December 1738, the youngest child and only son of Robert Hamond (1704/5–1775), a shipowner of modest means, and his wife, Susannah Snape. Robert Hamond owned five ships in 1748, but then lost two, and, in his son's words, '...

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Hastings, Sir Hugh (c. 1310–1347), administrator and soldier, was the second son of John Hastings, first Lord Hastings (1262–1313), and his second wife, Isabel, daughter of Hugh Despenser the elder, earl of Winchester (1261–1326). He married, before 18 May 1330, Margery Foliot (...

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Hooper, Sir Leonard James [Joe] (1914–1994), intelligence officer and civil servant, was born on 23 July 1914 at 67 East Dulwich Road, Camberwell, London, the only child of James Edmund Hooper, copywriter for a pharmaceutical firm, and his wife, Grace Lena, née Pitts...

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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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Howard, Thomas, first earl of Suffolk (1561–1626), naval officer and administrator, was born on 24 August 1561, the elder son of Thomas Howard, fourth duke of Norfolk (1538–1572), and his second wife, Margaret Dudley, Lady Dudley (1540–1564), daughter and heir of Thomas Audley, ...

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Ismay, Hastings Lionel, Baron Ismay (1887–1965), army officer and public servant, was born at Naini Tal, India, on 21 June 1887, younger son of Sir Stanley Ismay, a member of the viceroy's legislative council and later chief judge of the Mysore court, and his wife, ...

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Johnys, Sir Hugh (b. c. 1410, d. in or after 1485), soldier and administrator, was descended from a cadet branch of the Vaughans of Bredwardine, Herefordshire. Nothing is known of his career before 1436 (when, given the date of his death, he was still a young man). According to his memorial brass in ...

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Loring, Sir Neil [Nigel] (c. 1315–1386), soldier and administrator, was the son of Roger Loring of Chalgrave, Bedfordshire, and Cassandra, daughter of Reginald Perot. The family seems to have been established there since the twelfth century, and Sir Piers Loring served in Edward I's...

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Mansell, Sir Robert (1570/71–1652), naval officer and administrator, was the fourth, or possibly the sixth, son of Sir Edward Mansell (1530/31–1585) of Margam, Glamorgan, and Lady Jane Somerset, the youngest daughter of Henry, second earl of Worcester, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of ...