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Angelo, Domenico [formerly Angiolo Domenico Maria Tremamondo] (1717–1802), fencing master, was born on 6 February 1717 in the Italian seaport of Leghorn, the eldest of six brothers, sons of Giovanni Tremamondo, a merchant from Leghorn, and his wife, Catrina Angiola, née Malevolti...

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Domenico Angelo (1717–1802) by John Hall, pubd 1763 (after James Gwyn) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beaumont, Charles-Louis Leopold Alfred de [formerly Alfred Leopold Charles de Beaumont Klein] (1902–1972), fencer, was born at 26 Alexandra Drive, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, on 5 May 1902, the son of Louis Leopold Martial Baynard de Beaumont Klein (1849–1934) and his wife, Kathleen Mary O'Hagan (1876–1974)...

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Sir (Ernest George) Stenson Cooke (1874–1942) by Howard Coster, 1937 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cooke, Sir (Ernest George) Stenson (1874–1942), secretary of the Automobile Association and fencer, was born Ernest George Cooke at 9 Shrubland Road, Haggerstone, London, on 5 October 1874, the second of the three children of Silas Cooke (1850–1925), a clerk who worked in a stationer's business and who later became a dealer in wine, and his wife, ...

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Haig, Dame Mary Alison Glen [née Mary Alison James] (1918–2014), fencer and sports official, was born on 12 July 1918 at 10 Alma Road, Islington, London, the only child of Captain William Charles James (1883–1955), an officer in the ...

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Hope, Sir William, first baronet (1664–1729), swordsman and writer, was the son of Sir John Hope (d. 1661) of Hopetoun, Lanarkshire, and his second wife, Lady Mary Keith, the eldest daughter of William, seventh Earl Marischal. A passionate amateur swordsman, he was one of the most prolific authors on swordplay, writing between 1687 and 1724 five books that became the unrivalled authorities on their subject for more than fifty years. He was knighted by ...

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Hutton, Alfred (1839–1910), swordsman, born at Beverley, Yorkshire, on 10 March 1839, was eleventh and youngest child and seventh son of Henry William Hutton (1787–1848) of Walker Gate, Beverley, captain in the 4th (Royal Irish) dragoon guards (retired 1811). His mother was Marianne (...

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Alfred Hutton (1839–1910) by John Ernest Breun, pubd 1889 [Cold Steel] ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Knowles, Dorothy [Diana] (1906–2010), French scholar and fencing champion, was born on 28 March 1906 in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, the daughter of William Haigh Knowles (d. 1911), a Yorkshire-born mining engineer. Known to her friends and family as Diana, she came with her mother to ...

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McBane, Donald (1664–c. 1730), army officer and writer on swordsmanship, was the son of a farmer and publican near Inverness. Little is known of his background and life other than what appears in his colourful memoir The Expert Swordsman's Companion (1728). Aged twenty-three, ...

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Roland, Joseph (d. 1816x20?), fencing master and writer, was born in France and moved to London in 1773 to open a salle d'armes at 12 Greek Street, Soho; he was one of many foreign masters who were drawn to the capital by the fashionable status fencing had acquired under the influence of ...

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Saviolo, Vincentio (fl. 1595), swordsman and writer on fencing, was born in Padua. Nothing is known of his early life, but he recalls witnessing a quarrel in Slavonia (in the sixteenth century a vague term, denoting the Balkans) and may have travelled widely in ...

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Silver, George (fl. 1580–1599), swordsman and writer on fencing, was the eldest son of Richard Silver of Ropley, Hampshire, and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Thomas West, one of the ramified West family of Sussex and Hampshire, of whom the barons De La Warr...

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Tredgold, Roger Francis (1911–1975), physician and fencer, was born on 23 October 1911 in Guildford, Surrey, the son of Alfred Frank Tredgold (1870–1952), physician, and his wife, Zo? Hanbury (d. 1947). He was educated at Winchester College and at Trinity College, Cambridge...