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Bordley, John Beale (1727–1804), lawyer and agricultural improver in America, was born on 11 February 1727 in Annapolis, Maryland, the posthumous child of Thomas Bordley (c. 1683–1726), lawyer and government official, and his second wife, Ariana, née Vanderheyden (1690–1741), the widow of James Frisby...

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Canville [Camville], Sir Thomas de (d. 1234/5), landowner and justice, was the son of Hugh de Canville (d. c.1194) and his wife, Christiana, the daughter of William the Monk. His father's family had lands in several counties in southern England and ...

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Carroll, Charles [known as Charles Carroll the Settler] (1661–1720), planter and lawyer in America, was born in Ireland, the second son of Daniel Carroll of Aghagurty (b. in or before 1642, d. in or before 1688), tenant farmer. Historians use the appellation ...

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J. S. Cotton

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Cotton, Sir Henry (1821–1892), judge, was born at Walwood House, Leytonstone, on 20 May 1821, the second son of William Cotton (1786–1866) and his wife, Sarah Lane. Sarah Acland was his eldest sister and Agnes Cotton his youngest. He was educated at Eton College...

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Dickinson, Samuel (1690–1760), planter and jurist in America, was born on 9 March 1690 at Croisadore plantation, Talbot county, on the eastern shore of Maryland, the third and only surviving child of William Dickinson (1658–1717), planter, and his wife, Elizabeth Powell. His father, the son of an immigrant from ...

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Field [née Lowinsky], Xenia Noelle (1894–1998), prison reformer and horticulturist, was born in Secunderabad, India, on 25 December 1894, the daughter of Thomas Hermann Lowinsky (d. 1932), general manager of the Hyderabad–Deccan mines, and his wife. Xenia's unusual Christian names reflected the fact that her mother liked the sound of Russian words and that she was born on Christmas day. A year later the family returned to ...

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Fortescue, Sir Adrian (c. 1481–1539), landowner and alleged traitor, was the second son of Sir John Fortescue (d. 1500) of Punsborne, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and Alice, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn (and great-aunt of Anne Boleyn). Sir John had arranged for ...

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Fulton, Thomas Wemyss [formerly Wemyss Alexander Thomas Fulton] (1855–1929), fisheries authority and ocean law publicist, was born on 3 July 1855 at Cramond, near Edinburgh, the fifth son of Hugh Fulton, (b. 1806/7), a pier master, and Elizabeth, née Cumming. He was the seventh child and was named ...

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Graham, Sir Robert, of Kinpont (d. 1437), landowner and assassin, was the third son of Patrick Graham of Kincardine and his second wife, Euphemia, daughter of John Stewart of Ralston. Possibly intended for the church, he was educated at the University of Paris...

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G. P. Moriarty

revised by Christopher Fyfe

Hodge, Arthur (d. 1811), planter in the West Indies and murderer, is of unknown parentage. About 1792 he inherited the Belle Vue estate in Tortola, one of the Virgin Islands then within the British colony of the Leeward Islands. He married Ann (...