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Barnham, Sir Francis (bap. 1576, d. 1646?), local politician and landowner, was baptized at Hollingbourne, Kent, on 20 October 1576, the eldest son of Martin Barnham of Hollingbourne (1547×50–1610) and his first wife, Ursula (d. 1579), daughter of Robert Rudston of Boughton Monchelsea...

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Blount, Thomas (1605/6–1678), landowner and local politician, was the second son of the six sons and two daughters born to Edward Blount (1559–1618), lawyer and landowner, and his second wife, Fortune, daughter of the London merchant Sir William Garway (Garraway). The Blount family held the manor and ...

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Browne, Thomas, fourth Viscount Kenmare (1726–1795), landowner and politician, was born in April 1726, probably at Killarney, co. Kerry, the second of four children of Valentine Browne, third Viscount Kenmare (1695–1736), landowner, and his first wife, Honoria Butler (d. 1730), daughter of ...

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Gordon [née Maxwell], Jane, duchess of Gordon (1748/9–1812), political hostess and agricultural reformer, was born at Hyndford's Close, Edinburgh, the third of the four children of Sir William Maxwell of Monreith, Wigtownshire, third baronet, (c.1712–1771), and his wife, Magdalene, daughter of ...

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Jane Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1748/99–1812) by George Romney, 1778 [ and George Gordon, marquess of Huntly, later fifth duke of Gordon (1770–1836)] Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hill [née Sandys], Mary, marchioness of Downshire and suo jure Baroness Sandys of Ombersley (1764–1836), landowner and politician, was born on 19 September 1764, the daughter and heir of Colonel Martin Sandys (c.1729–1768), and his wife, Mary (d. 1769)...

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Lamb [née Milbanke], Elizabeth, Viscountess Melbourne (bap. 1751, d. 1818), political hostess and agricultural improver, was baptized on 15 October 1751 at Croft-on-Tees, Yorkshire, the only daughter of Sir Ralph Milbanke, fifth baronet (1721?–1798), of Halnaby Hall, Yorkshire, landowner and politician, and his wife, ...

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Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne (bap. 1751, d. 1818) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1800 reproduced by kind permission of Lord Ralph Kerr, Melbourne Hall

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Leigh, Thomas, first Baron Leigh (1594/5–1672), landowner and local politician, was the eldest son of Sir John Leigh (d. 1608) of Stoneleigh and Ursula, daughter of Sir Christopher Hoddesdon of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, and great-grandson of Sir Thomas Leigh (d. 1571). He was educated at ...

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Lowther, Sir John, of Lowther, first baronet (1606–1675), landowner and local politician, was born on 20 February 1606, probably at Rydal Hall, Westmorland, and baptized on 27 February, the eldest of five children of Sir John Lowther (1582–1637) of Lowther, and of his wife, ...