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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918)  

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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author  

Bernard Porter

Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the third son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary née Lee. The second son, Sir Samuel Lee Anderson (...

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Ball, Sir (George) Joseph (1885–1961), intelligence officer and political administrator  

Robert Blake

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Ball, Sir (George) Joseph (1885–1961), intelligence officer and political administrator, was born at 24 Inkerman Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, on 21 September 1885, the son of George Ball, bookstall clerk, of Salisbury, and his wife, Sarah Ann Headey. He was educated at King's College School, Strand...

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Bonsall, Sir Arthur Wilfred [Bill] (1917–2014), intelligence officer and civil servant  

David Omand

Bonsall, Sir Arthur Wilfred [Bill] (1917–2014), intelligence officer and civil servant, was born on 25 June 1917 at 1 Clairville Road, Middlesbrough, the elder son of Wilfred Cook Bonsall (1888–1963), a private in the Machine Gun Corps and later company secretary at ...

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Boxshall, Edwin George (1897–1984), Balkan specialist and intelligence officer  

Richard Davenport-Hines

Boxshall, Edwin George (1897–1984), Balkan specialist and intelligence officer, was born on 4 February 1897 in Bucharest, the only son and younger child of William George Boxshall (d. 1918), a butcher's son who ran a small ironworks in Romania, and his wife, ...

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Bruce, Robert (d. 1602), political agent and spy  

Allan White

Bruce, Robert (d. 1602), political agent and spy, was 'the son of a poor gentleman and a merchant's daughter' (CSP Scot., 1597–1603, 609), and a brother of the laird of Bynnie. He acted for some time as secretary to ...

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Carey, James (1837–1883)  

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Carey, James (1837–1883), Fenian and informer  

G. C. Boase

revised by R. V. Comerford

Carey, James (1837–1883), Fenian and informer, was the son of Francis Carey, a bricklayer, who migrated from Celbridge, co. Kildare, to Dublin. There his wife (whose name is not known) kept a lodging-house in James Street, where James was born to them. He had at least one brother. ...

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Cattley, Charles Robert (1816/17–1855), diplomatist and intelligence officer in the Crimea  

Roger T. Stearn

Cattley, Charles Robert (1816/17–1855), diplomatist and intelligence officer in the Crimea, was born of English parents in St Petersburg, Russia: his father, Robert Cattley, had been a merchant in Russia since 1802. The Cattleys apparently traded with Cattley firms in England, including sawmills near ...

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Dorislaus, Isaac (d. 1688)  

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Duff, Sir (Arthur) Antony (1920–2000), diplomatist and intelligence officer  

John Ure

Duff, Sir (Arthur) Antony (1920–2000), diplomatist and intelligence officer, was born on 25 February 1920 at Var Trees, Moreton, near Dorchester, Dorset, the son of Admiral Sir Arthur Allan Morison Duff (1874–1952), naval officer, and his wife, Margaret Grace, daughter of Commander Wyatt Rawson...

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Elwell [née Glass], Ann Catherine (1922–1996), intelligence officer and diplomat  

Anne Pimlott Baker

Elwell [née Glass], Ann Catherine (1922–1996), intelligence officer and diplomat, was born on 16 June 1922 at 12 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater, London, the only child of Robert Lionel Glass, a general practitioner and former surgeon-lieutenant in the Royal Navy, of 106 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater...

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Elwell, Ann Catherine (1922–1996)  

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Farr, Sir Charles Blandford (1959–2019), intelligence officer and civil servant  

Nicholas Fishwick

Farr, Sir Charles Blandford (1959–2019), intelligence officer and civil servant, was born on 15 July 1959 at the Forbes Fraser Hospital in Bath, Somerset, the elder son of Peter John Farr (1929–1973), a solicitor, later a barrister, and his wife Patricia Ann, ...

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Fryon [Frion], Étienne [Stephen] (fl. 1462–1501), diplomat and spy  

Mark Ballard

Fryon [Frion], Étienne [Stephen] (fl. 1462–1501), diplomat and spy, was a Burgundian whose precise origin and education remain obscure. By 1462 he was practising as a procureur of the grand conseil of Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy, and by 1466 was a ducal secretary. He moved to the service of ...

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Hastings, Sir Stephen Lewis Edmonstone (1921–2005), politician  

Richard Davenport-Hines

Hastings, Sir Stephen Lewis Edmonstone (1921–2005), politician, was born on 4 May 1921, at 13 Washington House, Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, the only son of Major Lewis Aloysius Macdonald Hastings (1880–1966) and his wife, Meriel Eda St John (1888–1971), daughter of Neil Edmonstone...

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Sir Stephen Lewis Edmonstone Hastings (1921–2005) by Bassano, 1948 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hooper, Sir Leonard James [Joe] (1914–1994), intelligence officer and civil servant  

Michael Herman

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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Hooper, Sir Leonard James (1914–1994)  

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Jackson, Margaret Wallace (1917–2013), Special Operations Executive secretary and civil servant  

Roderick Bailey

Jackson, Margaret Wallace (1917–2013), Special Operations Executive secretary and civil servant, was born on 15 January 1917 at 18 Marlborough Place, St John's Wood, London, the second of the four daughters of Thomas Frame (Tom) Jackson (1886–1934), manager of the Atlas Light and Power Company...