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Mary Sophia Allen (1878–1964) by Mrs Albert Broom, 1916 [centre, with members of the women police] ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allen, Mary Sophia (1878–1964), police officer, was born on 12 March 1878 at 2 Marlborough Terrace, Newport Road, Roath, Glamorgan, the daughter of Thomas Isaac Allen, a superintendent of the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Margaret Sophia Carlyle. Her sister, Mrs Hampton...

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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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Arundell, Sir Thomas (c. 1502–1552), administrator and convicted conspirator, was the younger son of Sir John Arundell of Lanherne, Cornwall (c.1474–1545), and his first wife, Eleanor (d. by December 1503), daughter of Thomas Grey, first marquess of Dorset (c. 1455–1501)...

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Bacon, Sir Nicholas (1510–1579), lawyer and administrator, was born on Childermas day (28 December) 1510, the second son and one of the five children of Robert Bacon (d. 1548), yeoman and sheep-reeve to the abbot of Bury St Edmunds, and his wife, ...

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Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510–1579) by unknown artist, 1579 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bacon, Sir Ranulph Robert Maunsell (1906–1988), police officer, was born on 6 August 1906 at 30 Ridgmount Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the only son of Arthur Ranulph Bacon (1872–1949), electrical engineer, and his wife, Hester Mary Ayles. There was at least one sister, Joan Alice Mary (Mrs Bury)...

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Bainard [Baynard], Fulk (b. in or before 1167, d. in or after 1243), justice and administrator, was the elder son of Fulk Bainard and his wife, Christina. He had succeeded his father by 1189, holding most of his lands as a subtenant of the ...

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Baker, Sir John (c. 1489–1558), administrator and speaker of the House of Commons, was born c.1489, being about sixty-two in 1551, the eldest of four sons of Richard Baker (d. 1504), landowner, of Cranbrook, Kent, and his wife, Joan (d...

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Bambridge, Thomas (d. 1741), prison warden, became briefly notorious for the regime of extreme cruelty he inflicted upon the prisoners under his charge. The details of his parentage and childhood are unknown. He practised as a London attorney and had chambers at the ...

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Barker, Dame Lilian Charlotte (1874–1955), prison administrator, was born on 21 February 1874 in Islington, the fifth of seven children and youngest daughter of James Barker, tobacconist, and his wife, Caroline Williams. Educated at the local elementary school, she was trained at Whitelands College, Chelsea...

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Barkstead, John [created Sir John Barkstead under the protectorate] (d. 1662), major-general and regicide, was probably the son of Michael Barkstead, a London goldsmith, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Downing. His grandfather had lived at Lichfield in Staffordshire and his family was originally from ...

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Barnes, Sir Thomas James (1888–1964), lawyer and public official, was born on 21 March 1888 at Wilmslow, Cheshire, the only son of Thomas Barnes and his wife, Esther Mary Pither. His father was a clerk attached to the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice...

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Barowe [Barrow], Thomas (d. 1499), lawyer and administrator, was a native of north Lincolnshire, who became a scholar of Eton College in 1451, and was nominated by the provost for a scholarship at King's Hall, Cambridge, in 1456–7. Admitted as a bachelor of civil law in 1460, he incepted in civil law in 1469–70, and became a licentiate in 1475. Closely associated with ...

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Barrow, Samuel (1625?–1683), physician and lawyer of the army, was the eldest of the seven children of Samuel Barrow, a lawyer of Burwell, in Cambridgeshire, and his wife, Judith, daughter of George FitzGeffrey of Bedford. Although the exact date and place of his birth are not known, the ...

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Bath, Henry of (d. 1260), justice and administrator, began his career as an administrator under his kinsman Hugh of Bath, whose chattels came to Henry when he died in 1236. Hugh was a cleric who was keeper of the honour of Berkhamsted until about 1222, and was successively under-sheriff of ...

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Bather, Elizabeth Constance (1904–1988), police officer, was born on 11 October 1904 in Winchester, Hampshire, the daughter of the Revd Arthur George Bather, a housemaster at Winchester College, Hampshire, and his wife, Lilian Dundas Firth. She was educated at St Swithun's School, Winchester...

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Baynard [Banyard], Robert (d. 1329/30), administrator and justice, was the son of Robert Baynard and his wife, Joan, and the grandson of Fulk Bainard. The family was one of Norfolk gentry, with their principal residence at Great Hautbois. Robert Baynard senior appears to have been still alive in 1302, raising the possibility of confusion between father and son, but as the former had been of age by about 1230, it was probably the younger ...

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Beaumont, John (d. in or after 1556), lawyer and administrator, was the elder son of Thomas Beaumont of Thringstone, Leicestershire (who was cousin to John Beaumont, first Viscount Beaumont), and his wife, Mary, daughter of Robert Moton of Peckleton, Leicestershire. A member of the ...