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Alice, Princess [Princess Alice of Battenberg; married name Princess Andrew of Greece] (1885–1969), Greek Orthodox nun and mother-in-law of Elizabeth II, was born (in the presence of Queen Victoria, her great-grandmother) on 25 February 1885 at Windsor Castle. Named Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julie Marie...

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Angelus, Christopher [Christopheros Angelos] (d. 1638), writer, was born in the Peloponnese. He seems to have become a monk at an early age and, after touring Greece in search of teachers, went to study at the short-lived and recently founded academy in Athens...

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Antonius, George Habib (1891–1942), colonial official, historian, and political activist, was born on 19 October 1891 in Dair al-Qamar, a small town in the Lebanese mountains, the third of five sons of Habib Antonius (d. 1931), a merchant, and his wife, Émilie Hobeika (...

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Smith, Constance Babington (1912–2000), photographic interpreter and author, was born at Beech Law, Puttenham, Surrey (on the Hog’s Back, in the North Downs), on 15 October 1912, the seventh of ten children of Sir Henry Babington Smith (1863–1923), civil servant and financier, and his wife Lady ...

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Albert Alick Bowlly (1899–1941) by unknown photographer, c. 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bowlly, Albert Alick [Al] (1899–1941), singer, was born on 7 January 1899 in Delagoa Bay, Portuguese East Africa, the fourth of the ten children of Alick Pauli (1867–1927), a general dealer, and his Lebanese wife, Miriam (Mary) Ayoub-NeeJame (1874–1949). The couple married in ...

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Chrysostomides, Iouliane [Julian] (1928–2008), Byzantine scholar and teacher, was born in Constantinople on 21 April 1928 (two years before the city was renamed Istanbul), the daughter of Chrysostomos Chrysostomides, a Cappadocian entrepreneur, and his wife, Victoria, née Rizas, a Phanariot from whom she inherited her sensitivity, perseverance, and love of beauty, and who remained a major influence in her life. She was educated at the ...

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Iouliane Chrysostomides (1928–2008) by unknown photographer, 1963 Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway College

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Jane Elizabeth Digby (1807–1881) by Sir George Hayter, c. 1825 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Digby, Jane Elizabeth (1807–1881), adventuress, who was known successively as Lady Ellenborough, Baroness von Venningen Üllner, Countess Theotoky, and the Honourable Mrs Digby el Mesreb, was born on 3 April 1807, the eldest child of Captain, later Admiral, Sir Henry Digby (1770–1842) and his wife, ...

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Hearn, (Patricio) Lafcadio Carlos [Yakumo Koizumi] (1850–1904), author and translator, was born on the Ionian island of Santa Maura, Greece, on 27 June 1850, the eldest surviving child of Surgeon-Major Charles Bush Hearn (d. 1866), later of the East India Company...

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Daniel Dunglas Home (1833–1886) by Maull & Co. Mary Evans / Society for Psychical Research

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Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–1886), medium, was born at Currie, near Edinburgh, on 20 March 1833, the third son of William Home (c.1810–1882), a labourer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née McNeil (c.1810–1850), and was raised as a Presbyterian. He seems to have added his middle name later because of his belief that his father was the illegitimate son of the ...

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Ionides, Alexander Constantine (1810–1890), art collector and patron, was born on 1 September 1810 in Constantinople, the fourth of eleven children of Constantine Ipliktzis (1775–1852) and his wife, Mariora Sendoukaki (1784–1857). Constantine had established a branch of his trading firm in London about 1815 and ...

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Ionides, Constantine Alexander (1833–1900), art patron and collector, was born on 14 May 1833 in Smedley Lane, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, the eldest of the five children of Alexander Constantine Ionides (1810–1890), formerly Alexander Constantine Ipliktzis, and his wife, Euterpe (1816–1892), daughter of Lucas Sgouta...

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Lash, Christopher John Alleyne [name in religion Symeon; subsequently Ephrem) (1930–2016), Greek Orthodox priest, theologian, and translator, was born on 3 December 1930 at the Himalayan hill station of Lansdowne, in the Bengal presidency, India, the eldest of four children of Captain (later Brigadier) ...

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Makarios III [real name Michael Mouskos] (1913–1977), Greek Orthodox archbishop and president of Cyprus, was born on 13 August 1913 at Ano Panayia, near Paphos, Cyprus, the eldest child of Christodoulos Mouskos, a peasant farmer, and his wife, Eleni. He was educated at the village school, the monastery of ...

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Marina, Princess [Princess Marina of Greece and of Denmark], duchess of Kent (1906–1968), was the youngest of the three daughters of Prince and Princess Nicholas of Greece and of Denmark. Her father (1872–1938) was the third son of George I of Greece and her mother was the ...