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James Abercromby (1706–1781) by unknown artist ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Abercromby, James (1706–1781), army officer and politician, was born in Glassaugh, Banffshire, the son of Alexander Abercromby (1677–1728), laird of Glassaugh, politician and army officer, and his wife, Helen Meldrum. With his father's assistance he became commissioner of supply and justice of the peace in ...

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Abercromby, Sir Robert (1740?–1827), army officer and administrator in India, son of George Abercromby (1705–1800) of Tullibody and his wife, Mary, née Dundas (d. 1767), was baptized at his family's Scottish estate, Menstrie, near Tullibody, in Clackmannanshire, on 13 October 1740, which was possibly also the day of his birth. He came from one of those Scottish landed families that were to play an important role in British military and imperial history over the next two centuries. ...

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Acland, John Dyke (1747–1778), army officer and politician, was born on 18 February 1747 and baptized the following day at North Petherton, Somerset, the elder of the two sons of Sir Thomas Acland, seventh baronet (1722–1785), a landowner and politician, and his wife, ...

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Allan, Sir Henry Marshman Havelock-, first baronet (1830–1897), army officer and politician, eldest of eight children (four surviving) of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock (1795–1857) and his wife, Hannah (d. 1882), daughter of Dr Joshua Marshman, was born at Chinsura, India, on 6 August 1830. He assumed the additional surname of ...

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Allen, John (d. 1855), Irish nationalist and army officer, was a native of Dublin, where he was also for some time a partner in a drapery business. His participation in the United Irish movement brought him the unwanted attention of the authorities and he left ...

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Ashburnham, William (1604/5–1679), army officer and politician, was the second son of Sir John Ashburnham (1570/71–1620) of Asburnham, Sussex, and Elizabeth (1577–1651), daughter of Sir Thomas Beaumont. His family were long settled in east Sussex and had first represented the county of Sussex...

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Barclay, Sir George (c. 1636–1710), army officer and Jacobite conspirator, was probably born in Kincardineshire, the son of Andrew Barclay of 'Sheels', who was of an unrecorded cadet branch of the Barclay family of Johnston, Kincardineshire, and was perhaps Andrew, a younger son of ...

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Barnewall, Nicholas, third Viscount Barnewall of Kingsland (1668–1725), politician and army officer, was born on 15 April 1668, probably at the family seat, Turvey, in the parish of Donabate, co. Dublin, the son of Henry Barnewall, second Viscount Barnewall of Kingsland (d...

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Barnwell, John (c. 1671–1724), colonial official and army officer in America, was born probably in Dublin, the son of Matthew Barnwell, alderman, and Margaret Carberry. Having lost his father, a captain in James II's Irish army, in the siege of Londonderry in 1690, ...

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Isaac Barré (1726–1802) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1766 private collection. Photograph: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Barré, Isaac (1726–1802), army officer and politician, was born in Dublin on 15 October 1726, the only son of a merchant, Peter Barré (d. 1776), and his wife, Marie Madelaine, née Raboteau, both Huguenot refugees. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin...

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Bastard, John Pollexfen (1756–1816), member of parliament and militia officer, was born on 18 September 1756 at Kitley, near Plymouth, Devon, the eldest son of William Bastard (1727–1782), landowner, of Kitley, and his second wife, Anne (d. 1765), daughter of Thomas Worsley...

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Beake, Robert (d. 1708), local politician and army officer, is of obscure origins. Having served his apprenticeship, by 1642 he had established himself as a member of the Coventry Drapers' Company. On the outbreak of civil war he raised a regiment for parliament...

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Beamish, Tufton Victor Hamilton, Baron Chelwood (1917–1989), army officer and politician, was born at Pitliver, Dunfermline, Fife, on 27 January 1917, one of two sons of Tufton Percy Hamilton Beamish (1874–1951), who retired from the Royal Navy with the rank of rear-admiral in 1925 and sat as Conservative MP for ...

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Beckwith, Sir George (1752/3–1823), army officer and colonial governor, was the second son of John Beckwith (fl. 1733–1772) and his wife, probably the Janet Wishart who married Captain John Beckwith in Edinburgh on 10 June 1750. The elder Beckwith was an officer in the ...

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Bentinck, Lord William Henry Cavendish- [known as Lord William Bentinck] (1774–1839), army officer, diplomatist, and governor-general of India, was born on 14 September 1774 at Burlington House in London, the second son of William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, third duke of Portland (1738–1809)...

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Lord William Henry Cavendish- Bentinck (1774–1839) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1804 private collection