Brian Julian Stonehouse MBE (8 August 1918 – 2 December 1998) was a British painter and Special Operations Executive agent during World War II. He was born in Torquay, England. When his family moved to France, he went to school in Wimereux, Pas-de-Calais. Back in Britain in 1932, he studied art in Ipswich at Ipswich Art School
Hamish Scott Henderson, was a Scottish poet, songwriter, soldier, and intellectual. He has been referred to as the most important Scots poet since Robert Burns and was a catalyst for the folk revival in Scotland. He was also an accomplished folk song collector and discovered such notable performers as Jeannie Robertson, Flora MacNeil, and Calum Johnston.
Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, 1st Earl of Ilay (June 1682 – April 15, 1761) was a Scottish nobleman, politician, lawyer, businessman and soldier. He was known as Lord Archibald Campbell from 1703 to 1706, and as the Earl of Ilay from 1706 until 1743, when he succeeded to the dukedom. Born in Petersham, Surrey, he supported his brother, John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll (on many topics, most notably the Act of Union), earning him the title of Earl of Ilay in 1706.
George Montague Nathan (1895-1937) was a British volunteer in the International Brigades in Spain. He initially commanded the British Company of the otherwise French Marseillaise Battalion but was appointed battalion commander in early 1937 following the execution of his predecessor (Major Gaston Delasalle) for espionage. He later became Chief of Staff of XV International Brigade and was killed on 16 July 1937 at the Battle of Brunete.
Captain Arthur Cameron Corbett, 3rd Baron Rowallan (17 December 1919 – 1993) was a British aristocrat most notable for successfully having his second marriage annulled in 1970 by a court on the grounds that his wife, April Ashley, a transsexual woman, was a man under then-current UK law.
Ralph William Ernest Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe, TD, Deputy Lieutenant (1891–1963), was a banker and breeder of racehorses. He was a partner in the Leeds firm of Beckett & Co. , which later became part of the Westminster Bank, and in the aeronautical firm Airspeed Ltd. His racehorses included Fortina, which won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1947, and Fragrant Mac, which won the Scottish Grand National in 1952. He has married twice.
Stewart Terence Herbert Young (20 June 1915 – 7 September 1994) was a British film director best known for directing three films in the James Bond series, Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Thunderball. Born in Shanghai, China, he was public-school educated. Like the fictional James Bond, he read oriental history at St Catharine's College in the University of Cambridge. As a tank commander during World War II, Young participated in Operation Market Garden in Arnhem, Netherlands.
James Thomson (November 23, 1834 – June 3, 1882), published under the pseudonym Bysshe Vanolis, was a Scottish Victorian-era poet famous primarily for the long poem The City of Dreadful Night (1874), an expression of bleak pessimism in a dehumanized, uncaring urban environment.
Major Tom Harnett Harrisson DSO (1911-1976) was a British polymath (although often described as an anthropologist his degree studies at Cambridge were in ecology before he left to live in Oxford). In the course of his life he was an ornithologist, explorer, mass-observer, journalist, broadcaster, soldier, ethnologist, museum curator, archaeologist, film-maker, conservationist, and writer.
Frederick William Bell VC (3 April 1875 – 28 April 1954) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Bell was born on 3 April 1875 in Perth, Western Australia. He was 26 years old, and a lieutenant in the West Australian Mounted Infantry, Australian Forces during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
Captain Peter Pendleton Eckersley (PP Eckersley) (1892–1963) was a pioneer of British broadcasting. He was born on 6 January 1892 in Puebla, Mexico. His father, Alfred, was a railway engineer and was in charge of building the Grand Mexican Railway.
Thomas Barnwall Martin (1784 – April 1847) was an Irish landowner and politician. Martin was the eldest surviving son of Richard Martin, humanitarian and Member of Parliament for Galway County, by his first wife. Following an unhappy conclusion to a love affair with the daughter of a local chandler, by whom he appears to have had an illegitimate son, Thomas left home to join the army. He served at the siege of Badajoz, Spain in 1812, where he was wounded severely.
Alan Mowbray MM, (18 August 1896 - 25 March 1969), was an English stage and film actor who found success in Hollywood. Born Alfred Ernest Allen in London, England, he served with distinction the British Army in World War I, being awarded the Military Medal for bravery. He began as a stage actor, making his way to the United States where he appeared in Broadway plays and toured the country as part of a theater troupe.
Samuel Moses James "Sammy" Woods (13 April 1867 – 30 April 1931) was a cricketer for Cambridge University in his early career and later the long-time captain of Somerset in their early years of Championship cricket. He was one of the few players to represent both England and Australia in Test cricket. A.A. Thomson desribed him thus: "Sammy...
Merlin Sereld Victor Gilbert Hay, 24th Earl of Erroll, Bt. , (born 20 April 1948) is a cross-bench member of the House of Lords, Chief of Scottish clan Hay, and hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland. He is the son of Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, 11th Baronet and Diana Hay, 23rd Countess of Erroll. He was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He succeeded his mother in 1978 as Earl of Erroll, and in 1985, his father as a Baronet.