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Boles, Sir John Dennis [Jack] (1925–2013), colonial administrator and director-general of the National Trust, was born on 25 June 1925 at Stepney Tower Nursing Home, Southsea, Portsmouth, the son of Geoffrey Coleridge Boles (1887–1976), naval officer, and his wife, Hilda Frances, née Crofton (1894–1943)...

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Buxton, Sir (Thomas) Fowell, third baronet (1837–1915), philanthropist, brewer, and colonial governor, was born on 26 January 1837 at West Ham, Essex, the eldest of six sons of Sir Edward North Buxton, second baronet (1812–1858), and his wife, Catherine, second daughter of Samuel Gurney (1786–1856)...

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Cocks, Arthur Herbert Tennyson Somers-, sixth Baron Somers (1887–1944), chief scout for Great Britain and the British Commonwealth and empire, and colonial governor, was born at Freshwater, Isle of Wight, on 20 March 1887, the second child and only son of Herbert Haldane Somers-Cocks (1861–1894)...

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Codrington, Christopher (1668–1710), colonial governor and benefactor, was born in the parish of St John, Barbados, the elder son of Christopher Codrington (1639/40–1698), member of the council and later deputy governor of Barbados and governor-general of the Leeward Islands, and his wife, Gertrude...

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Grant, Charles (1746–1823), director of the East India Company and philanthropist, was born in March 1746 at Aldourie farmhouse, Glen Urquhart, his mother's home, on Loch Ness in Inverness-shire in the highlands of Scotland. He was the third of seven children born to ...

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James Habersham (1713–1775) by Jeremiah Theus, 1772? Collection of Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; Bequest of Emma Cheves Wilkins

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Habersham, James (1713–1775), benefactor and colonial official, was born in June 1713 at Beverley, Yorkshire, the son of James Habersham (d. in or after 1736), a dyer and innkeeper, and Elizabeth, née Sisson (d. 1720). Upon his mother's death, his father apprenticed him, aged seven, to his uncle, ...

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Lowndes, Thomas (bap. 1692, d. 1748), colonial official and benefactor, was baptized at Astbury, Cheshire, on 7 December 1692. He was the second son of William Lowndes of Overton, an estate at Astbury, and his wife and cousin Elizabeth, daughter of Ralph Lowndes...

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Mountbatten [née Ashley], Dame Edwina Cynthia Annette, Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1901–1960), director of emergency relief services and vicereine of India, was born at 32 Bruton Street, London, on 28 November 1901, the elder of the two daughters of Wilfrid William Ashley, ...

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Dame Edwina Cynthia Annette Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1901–1960) by Madame Yevonde, 1940 ? Yevonde Portrait Archive; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ricketts, John William (1791–1835), social activist, the fourth and youngest child of Lieutenant John Henry Ricketts (1767–1792) and his Indian companion, Bibi Zeenut Ricketts (c.1770–1824), was born in October 1791. His father, the eldest son of an English surgeon, served as an engineer officer in the ...

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Shore, John, first Baron Teignmouth (1751–1834), governor-general of Bengal and founder and first president of the British and Foreign Bible Society, was born on 8 October 1751 at St James Street, Piccadilly, where the family were living temporarily, and was baptized in St James's Church...

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John Shore, first Baron Teignmouth (1751–1834) by George Richmond, 1832 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elihu Yale (1649–1721) by Enoch Seeman the younger, 1717 ? Yale University Art Gallery

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Yale, Elihu (1649–1721), merchant and administrator in India and benefactor, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 5 April 1649, the second son of David Yale (1614–1690) of Denbighshire, merchant, and Ursula Yale (b. c.1624). In 1652 Elihu's family returned to Britain...