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Sir Robert Anderson (1841–1918) by James Russell & Sons ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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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, 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, 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, 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 James Beaton...

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James Carey (1837–1883) by unknown engraver, pubd 1883 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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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, 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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See Dorislaus, Isaac

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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, 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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Ann Catherine Elwell (1922–1996) by unknown photographer ? reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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

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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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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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Sir Leonard James Hooper (1914–1994) by unknown photographer ? reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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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...

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Jones, Sir (Edward) Martin Furnival (1912–1997), intelligence officer and civil servant, was born on 7 May 1912 at 26 Bedford Avenue, Barnet, Hertfordshire, the third and youngest son of Edward Furnival Jones, chartered accountant, later to be president of the Association of Chartered Accountants...