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Acland [née Fox, Fox-Strangways], Lady Christian Henrietta Caroline [Harriet] (1750–1815), diarist, was born at Kilmington, Somerset, on 3 January 1750 and baptized on 16 January at St James's, Piccadilly, London. She was the third surviving daughter of Stephen Fox, later first earl of Ilchester...

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Amphlett, John (1845–1918), historian and diarist, was born at Sydenham, Kent, on 22 March 1845, the eldest of the three children of John Amphlett (1839–1868) of Clent and his wife, Jane (1812–1888), daughter of Robert Smithson of Skipwith, Yorkshire. John Amphlett was seventh in nine successive generations of ...

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Arbuthnot [née Fane], Harriett (1793–1834), diarist, was born on 10 September 1793, the third and youngest daughter and third youngest of the ten children of Henry Fane (1739–1802) MP of Fulbeck Hall, Lincolnshire (second son of Thomas Fane, eighth earl of Westmorland...

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Harriett Arbuthnot (1793–1834) by William Ensom, pubd 1829 (after Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1817) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Asquith [née Tennant], Margaret Emma Alice [Margot], countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945), political hostess and diarist, was born on 2 February 1864, the sixth daughter and eleventh child of Sir Charles Tennant, first baronet (1823–1906), wealthy Scottish industrialist and Liberal MP, and his first wife, ...

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Margaret Emma Alice Asquith, countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945) by Baron Adolf de Meyer, c. 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Astry [married name Orlebar], Diana (bap. 1671, d. 1716), diarist and compiler of recipe books, was baptized on 2 January 1671 at St Mary's, Henbury, Gloucestershire, the third daughter and fifth child of Sir Samuel Astry (1632–1704) of Henbury, Gloucestershire, a clerk of the ...

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Austen [née Wilson], Katherine (b. 1629, d. in or before 1683), diarist and poet, was born in the parish of St Mary Colechurch, London, one of at least seven children of Robert Wilson (d. 1639), draper, and his wife, Katherine (...

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Bain [née Burn], Louisa (1803–1883), diarist, was born on 30 January 1803 at 37 Kirby Street, London, the tenth of the twelve children of English parents Thomas Burn (b. 1760), bookbinder, and his wife, Elizabeth Dyer (d. 1828). From the ages of seven to twelve she was educated at a school at ...

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Ball, Hannah (1734–1792), follower of Wesleyan Methodism and diarist, was born on 13 March 1734, probably in Buckinghamshire. Nothing is known of her family other than that she was one of a family of twelve children and that her mother died in 1779, aged seventy-nine. At the age of nine she went to live with an uncle in ...