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Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford, first baronet (1836–1911) by Henry Tanworth Wells, 1900 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradford, Sir Edward Ridley Colborne, first baronet (1836–1911), administrator in India and police officer, was born on 27 July 1836 at Hambleden Cottage, Buckinghamshire, the second son of William Mussage Kirkwall Bradford (1806–1872), who was rector successively of Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire; Weeke, Hampshire...

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Burt, Sir Archibald Paull (1810–1879), colonial judge, was born on 1 September 1810 in St Kitts, the second son and second of the seven children of George Henry Burt (1787–1851), sugar planter, merchant, and speaker of the house of assembly of St Kitts...

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Bushe, Sir (Henry) Grattan (1886–1961), lawyer and colonial governor, was born in Trinidad on 1 January 1886, the son of John Scott Bushe, colonial secretary of Trinidad and acting governor at the time. An ancestor was Charles Kendal Bushe (1767–1843), solicitor-general for Ireland...

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Carbonell, William Leycester Rouse (1912–1993), police officer in Malaya, was born on 14 August 1912 at 150 Albert Palace Mansions, Battersea, London, the youngest of three sons and fourth of five children of John Carbonell, owner of a small engineering firm, and his wife, ...

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Carter, Sir John Gregorio (1919–2005), lawyer and diplomatist, was born on 27 January 1919 in Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara, British Guiana, the only son and youngest of five children of Kemp R. Carter, pharmacist, and his wife, Gertrude, née Humphrys. His parents were both from ...

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Chirwa, Orton Edgar Ching'oli (1919–1992), lawyer and politician in Nyasaland and Malawi, was born near Nkhata Bay, Nyasaland, the son of Yesaya Mafananiso Chirwa (1881–1955) and Maggie Nyamazawo Nyrenda (fl. 1880–1960), both of whom had been seized as children in the last period of Ngoni raiding and brought up in the village of ...

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Cowen, Sir Zelman (1919–2011), legal scholar, governor-general of Australia, and college head, was born Zelman Cohen on 7 October 1919 in St Kilda, Melbourne, the only son of Bernard Cohen, later Cowen (1892–1975), businessman, and his wife Sara, née Granat (1893–1989). In March 1922 his father changed his surname by deed poll. Both families were part of the mass exodus of Jews from tsarist ...

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Sir Zelman Cowen (1919–2011) by Wes Walters, 2000 ? National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Gift of Marc Besen AO and Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2000

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Curtis, Dunstan Michael Carr (1910–1983), lawyer and civil servant in Europe, was born on 26 August 1910 at 6 Cheyne Gardens, Chelsea, London, the only child of Arthur Cecil Curtis, a civil servant, and his wife, Elizabeth, a teacher and painter, the daughter of ...

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Deering [formerly Gandy], John Peter (1787–1850), architect and classical archaeologist, was born on 19 March 1787 and baptized in London on 2 May at St James’s Church, Piccadilly. He was the youngest of the twelve children of Thomas Rowland Gandy (1744–1814) and his wife, ...

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Dowson, Sir Ernest MacLeod (1876–1950), colonial administrator and expert on land registration, was born on 19 November 1876 in India, the only son of Ernest Dowson, superintendent of the Indian government telegraph department. He was educated at the Isle of Wight College and the ...

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Fitch, Thomas (c. 1700–1774), colonial governor and lawyer in America, was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, the eldest of the four children of Thomas Fitch (c.1665–1731), farmer and local office-holder, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1704?). The Fitch family was one of the most prominent in ...

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Forbes, Sir Francis (1784–1841), lawyer and colonial official, was born at Bermuda, eldest son of Francis Forbes MD (c.1740–1814) and his second wife, Mary Tucker. Parental education preceded schooling in St George's. He then read law under Bermuda's Chief Justice Leonard...

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Grey, Sir Charles Edward (1785–1865), judge in India and colonial governor, was the second son of Ralph William Grey (1745/6–1812), barrister, of Backworth House, Earsdon, Northumberland, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Brandling MP of Gosforth House, Northumberland. His father, descended from a merchant family of ...

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Ilbert, Sir Courtenay Peregrine (1841–1924), parliamentary draftsman, administrator in India, and legal writer, was born at Kingsbridge, Devon, on 12 June 1841, the eldest of six sons of the Revd Peregrine Arthur Ilbert, rector of Thurlestone, Devon, and his wife, Rose Anne, daughter of ...

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Jeremie, Sir John (1795–1841), colonial judge and governor, was born on 19 August 1795 in Guernsey, the son of John Jeremie (d. 1810), an advocate. He attended Blundell's School in Tiverton, Devon, but left after his father's death. After studying law at ...

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Sir Alexander Johnston (1775–1849) by John Cochran, pubd 1831 (after Thomas Phillips) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnston, Sir Alexander (1775–1849), colonial official and judge in Ceylon, was born on 25 April 1775, the elder son of Samuel Johnston (d. 1801), landowner brother of Peter Johnston (1749–1837), laird of Carnsalloch and MP for Kirkcudbright, and his wife, Hester (...