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Elizabeth Anson, Lady Anson (1725–1760) studio of Thomas Hudson National Trust Photographic Library / John Hammond

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Anson [née Yorke], Elizabeth, Lady Anson (1725–1760), political correspondent and political manager, was born in August 1725, the sixth child and eldest daughter of Philip Yorke, subsequently first Baron and first earl of Hardwicke (1690–1764), lord chancellor, and his wife, Margaret Lygon (...

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Bacon, Jane, Lady Bacon [née Jane Meautys; other married name Jane Cornwallis, Lady Cornwallis] (1580/81–1659), letter-writer, was the daughter of Hercules Meautys of West Ham, Essex, and Philippe, daughter of Richard Cooke of Gidea Hall, Essex. Her grandfather Sir Peter Meautys, who was descended from an ancient French family which had come from ...

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Bartlett, Henry (b. 1617/18), Church of England clergyman and letter writer, was the son of John Bartlett of Maiden Newton, Dorset. He matriculated from Wadham College, Oxford, on 16 May 1634, aged sixteen, graduated BA on 16 February 1637, and proceeded MA on 7 July 1640. He became curate of ...

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Blois, Peter of (1125x30–1212), letter writer and ecclesiastic, was born into a Breton family of minor nobility in or near Blois. Various nephews and other members of his family are mentioned in his letters, but only two are significant in his life: his brother, ...

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Bode, Mary de [née Mary Kynnersley], Baroness de Bode in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (d. 1812), letter writer, was born into the English gentry, the fourth daughter of Thomas Kynnersley (d. 1755), landowner, of Loxley Park, Staffordshire, the place of her birth. In her youth she made a trip to ...

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Boscawen [née Glanville], Frances Evelyn [Fanny] (1719–1805), letter writer and literary hostess, was born at St Clere, near Wrotham in Kent, on 23 July 1719, only child of William Evelyn, MP and high sheriff of Kent, and his wife, Frances Glanville (1696/7–1719)...

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Bradshaigh [née Bellingham], Dorothy, Lady Bradshaigh (bap. 1705, d. 1785), letter writer, was baptized on 21 March 1705 at Rufford, Lancashire, the younger of the two daughters of William Bellingham (c.1660–1718), son of James and Elizabeth Bellingham of Levens, Westmorland...

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Bridgeman [née Weld-Forester], Selina Louisa, countess of Bradford (1819–1894), correspondent of Benjamin Disraeli, was the seventh and youngest child of Cecil, first Baron Forester (1767–1828), MP and landowner, and his wife, née Lady Katherine Manners (1779–1829), second daughter of the fourth duke of Rutland...