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Eustace fitz John (d. 1157), justice and baron, was the son of John fitz Richard (b. before 1056), a minor tenant-in-chief in Essex and Norfolk, and an unknown mother. He succeeded Serlo de Burg, who is said (perhaps wrongly) to have been his uncle and to have founded the castle of ...

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Howard, Philip [St Philip Howard], thirteenth earl of Arundel (1557–1595), magnate and alleged traitor, was born on 28 June 1557 at Arundel House, the Strand, London, the only child of Thomas Howard, fourth duke of Norfolk (1538–1572), nobleman and courtier, and his first wife, ...

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Nelson, Edward Theophilus (1874–1940), barrister and local politician, was born on 22 October 1874 in Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana, the first son of Philip Nelson, a builder. Details of his mother are not known. Edward Nelson was of African descent, whose antecedents in the British colony had been freed from slavery in 1838, but not from the struggle for economic and social improvement. Progress was difficult, but the development of elementary schools and compulsory education from 1876 was beneficial to some. The cost of fees for secondary schooling was prohibitive for most Guianese, but by the 1880s a few scholarships for the most gifted pupils were available. In 1894 the first Guianese of African descent won a scholarship to attend a British university, despite the objections of the local sugar planters who dominated the colony. ...

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Smith, Thomas Daniel [T. Dan] (1915–1993), local government leader and criminal, was born on 11 May 1915 at 62 Holly Avenue, Wallsend, Northumberland, the son of Robert Smith, miner, and his wife, Ada, née Clifford, charlady. His father suffered unemployment in the inter-war years; both parents held left-wing views, which he inherited. Educated at ...