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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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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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Blackburne, Sir William (1764–1839), army and political officer in India, was appointed to the Madras army as a cadet of native infantry in 1782, arrived at Madras in June 1783, and in 1784 served with the force employed under Colonel Fullarton in the campaign against the ...

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Boustead, Sir (John Edmund) Hugh (1895–1980), army officer and colonial official, was born on 14 April 1895 on a tea estate above Nawara Eliya, Ceylon, one of the two sons of Lawrence Twentyman Boustead, whose family had a hundred-year connection with Ceylon, and his wife, ...

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Browne, Sir Granville St John Orde (1883–1947), army officer and colonial official, was born at Woolwich on 26 October 1883, the son of Captain Charles Orde Browne, soldier, and his wife, Annie Maria Michell. He was educated at Wellington College and at the ...

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Burne, Sir Owen Tudor (1837–1909), army officer and administrator in India, was born at Plymouth on 12 April 1837, the eleventh of the nineteen children of the Revd Henry Thomas Burne (1799–1865), and his wife, Knightley Goodman (1805–1878), daughter of Captain Marriott, Royal Horse Guards...

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Call, Sir John, first baronet (1732–1801), East India Company servant and military engineer, was born on 30 June 1732 at Fenny Park, near Tiverton, Devon, the son of John Call (1704–1766) of Prestacott in Launcells, Cornwall, and his wife, Jane, daughter of John Mill...

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Sir Pierre Louis Napoleon Cavagnari (1841–1879) by John Burke, 1878–9 [centre, with the sirdars] ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cavagnari, Sir Pierre Louis Napoleon (1841–1879), army and political officer in India, was born on 4 July 1841 at Stenay, département of the Meuse, France; he was the son of General Adolphe Cavagnari, an Italian of 'an ancient and noble Parmesan family' (...

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Cavenagh, Sir (William) Orfeur (1820–1891), army officer and colonial governor, was born at Hythe, Kent, on 8 October 1820, the third of five sons and fourth of seven children of James Gordon Cavenagh (1766–1844), army surgeon, and his wife, Ann (d. 1846)...

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Chapman, Sir Stephen Remnant (1776–1851), army officer and colonial official, eldest son of Richard Chapman of Tainfield House, near Taunton, Somerset, and Mary, daughter of Stephen Remnant, was born at Tainfield House. After attending the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he was commissioned second lieutenant, ...

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Clarke, Sir Andrew (1824–1902), military engineer and colonial official, was born on 27 July 1824 at Southsea, Hampshire, the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Clarke KH (1793–1847), governor of Western Australia (1846–7), the descendant of a Scottish family who had settled in Ireland...

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Clarke, Sir Marshal James (1841–1909), colonial administrator and army officer, born at Shronell, co. Tipperary, on 18 October 1841, was the eldest son of the Revd Mark Clarke (1809–1848) of Shronell and his wife, Maria Hill. Educated at a private school in Dublin...

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Clayton, Sir Gilbert Falkingham (1875–1929), army officer and colonial administrator, was born on 6 July 1875 at Ryde, Isle of Wight, the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Lewis Nicholl Clayton of Sandown, and his wife, Maria Martha Pilkington. Having been educated at the ...

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Close, Sir Barry, baronet (1756–1813), army officer in the East India Company and political officer in India, was born on 3 December 1756 at Elm Park, co. Armagh, the third son in the family of four sons and five daughters of Maxwell Close (...

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Coote, Eyre (bap. 1759, d. 1823), army officer and colonial administrator, was baptized on 20 May 1759, the second son of Dr Charles Coote (d. 1796), of Shaen Castle, Queen's county, dean of Kilfenora, and his first wife, Grace (d. 1767)...

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Des Barres, Joseph Frederick Wallet (1721–1824), hydrographer and colonial official, was born in November 1721, either in Basel, Switzerland, or in Paris, the eldest child of Joseph-Léonard Vallet des Barres, a Huguenot, and his wife, Anne-Catherine, née Cuvier. He was baptized Joseph-Frédéric Vallet...

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Despard, John (1743/4–1829), army officer and colonial administrator, was born in Ireland and baptized on 4 August 1744 at St Peter and St Kevin in Dublin, the fifth of six sons of William and Jane Despard. He was the brother of Edward Marcus Despard...

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Sir Howard Douglas, third baronet (1776–1861) by William Holl junior, pubd 1863 (after Thomas Richard? Williams, c. 1860) ? National Portrait Gallery, London