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Hollond [née Teed], Ellen Julia (1822–1884), salon hostess, philanthropist, and author, was born at Madras on 28 September 1822, only child of the lawyer Thomas Teed (1797–1843) and his Scottish wife, Julia Jane Jordan (1800–1866), afterwards Lushington. Sent to England at an early age, she was later joined by her parents, who in 1835 bought ...

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Miller [née Riggs], Anna, Lady Miller (1741–1781), poet and salon hostess, was born in London, the daughter of Edward Riggs (d. 1748) and his wife, Margaret Pigott, of the ancient house of Chetwynd, Shropshire. From her grandfather Edward Riggs of Riggsdale, co. Cork...

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Mary Elizabeth Mohl (1793–1883) self-portrait, 1831 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mohl [née Clarke], Mary Elizabeth (1793–1883), salon hostess and author, was born on 22 February 1793 in Millbank Row, Westminster, London, youngest child of an Anglo-Irish builder, Charles Clarke (d. 1809), and his Scottish wife, Elizabeth Hay (d. 1846). A brother died in infancy; a sister, ...

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Staël von Holstein, (Anne-Louise) Germaine [née (Anne-Louise) Germaine Necker; known as Germaine de Staël], Baroness Staël von Holstein in the Swedish nobility (1766–1817), writer and salon leader, was born on 22 April 1766 in rue de Cléry, Paris, France, the only child of ...