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Alexander, William, styled sixth earl of Stirling (1726–1783), army officer in America, was born on 25 December 1726 in New York city, one of seven children of James Alexander (1691–1756), a surveyor, lawyer, and politician, and Mary Spratt Provoost (1693–1760), a rich merchant and the daughter of ...

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Bourke, Sir Richard (1777–1855), army officer and colonial governor, was born on 4 May 1777 in Britain Street, Dublin, the only son of John Bourke of Dromsally, co. Limerick, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Edmund Ryan of Boscable, co. Tipperary. He was educated at ...

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O'Connell, Sir Maurice Charles Philip (1768–1848), army officer and colonial administrator in Australia, was born in co. Kerry, Ireland, the son of Charles Philip O'Connell. Tall, strapping, and penniless, the son of a younger son, he was dependent on the bounty of his kinsman, ...

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Francis William Rhodes (1851–1905) by Elliott & Fry, pubd 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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W. B. Owen

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Rhodes, Francis William (1851–1905), army officer, was the second son of Francis William Rhodes (1806–1878), a Church of England clergyman, and his second wife, Louisa, née Peacock (d. 1873); Cecil John Rhodes was his younger brother. He was born on 9 April 1851 at ...