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Ansell, Sir Michael Picton (1905–1994), army officer and showjumping administrator, was born at The Curragh, co. Kildare, Ireland, on 26 March 1905, the son of George Kirkpatrick Ansell (d. 1914), then a major (later lieutenant-colonel) in the 6th dragoons, and his wife, ...

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Archer, Frederick James [Fred] (1857–1886), jockey, born at St George's Cottage, Cheltenham, on 11 January 1857, was the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of William Archer, a steeplechase jockey who won the 1858 Grand National and who later became landlord of the ...

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Frederick James Archer (1857–1886) by H. R. Sherborn © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Becher, Martin William [known as Captain Becher] (1797–1864), jockey, born on 18 May 1797, possibly at Hillington, near King's Lynn, was the son of William Becher (d. 1816), an army man turned Norfolk farmer and horse-dealer. He secured a position in the ...

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Martin William Becher [Captain Becher] (1797–1864) by Bryan Edward Duppa, c. 1840s © Copyright The British Museum

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Peter Beckford (1739/4040–1811) by Pompeo Batoni, 1766 Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

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Beckford, Peter (1739/40–1811), dog breeder and writer on hunting, was the son of Julines Beckford (1717?–1764) of Steepleton Iwerne, Dorset, and Elizabeth, daughter of Solomon Ashley or Ashby, of Northamptonshire. His grandfather was Peter Beckford (bap. 1643, d. 1710), sugar planter and lieutenant-governor of ...

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William Blenkiron (1807?–1871) by unknown engraver, pubd 1871 © National Portrait Gallery, London