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Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen (1840–1922), hedonist, poet, and breeder of Arab horses, was born at Petworth House, Sussex, on 17 August 1840, the second son of the three children of Francis Scawen Blunt (1790–1842) of Crabbet Park, Poundhill, and Newbuildings Place, Southwater, Sussex, and his wife, ...

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Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840–1922) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cumming, (Felicity) Anne (1917–1993), writer and sexual adventurer, was born on 14 December 1917, at Thames Cottage, Thames Street, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, the daughter of Howard Cumming (1885–1957), captain in the Royal Flying Corps, timber merchant, and later a company director, and his wife, ...

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(Felicity) Anne Cumming (1917–1993) by Denzil McNeelance, 1989 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Dartiquenave, Charles (bap. 1664?, d. 1737), epicure and courtier, was rumoured to be the illegitimate child of Charles II, though there is no substantial evidence for a claim that was subsequently derided in later eighteenth- and nineteenth-century accounts of his life. It is elsewhere suggested that he was the pupil of a French émigré family, whose name he adopted (...

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Charles Dartiquenave (bap. 1664?, d. 1737) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1702 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Douglas, William, fourth duke of Queensberry (1725–1810), sybarite and politician, only son of William Douglas, second earl of March (c.1696–1731), and his wife, Anne Hamilton, suo jure countess of Ruglen (1698–1748), was born on 16 December 1725 at Queensberry Lodging, Peebles...

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William Kitchiner (1778–1827) by Charles Turner, pubd 1827 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kitchiner, William (1778–1827), epicure and writer, was baptized at St Clement Danes, Westminster, in May 1778, the son of William Kitchiner (d. 1794), and his wife, Mary, née Grave. Both parents were originally from Hertfordshire; Kitchiner senior had built up a prosperous business as a coal merchant, operating from a ...

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Tollemache, Lionel Arthur (1838–1919), writer and man of leisure, was born in Belgravia, London, on 28 May 1838, the second son of John Tollemache (1805–1890), benevolent landlord and affable tory politician, and Georgina Louisa, née Best, first wife and first cousin, who died on 18 July 1846. The other surviving son of this first marriage, ...