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Dalgety, Frederick Gonnerman (1817–1894), wool merchant and sheep farmer, was born on 3 December 1817 in Canada, where his father was a lieutenant in the Irish fusiliers; he had at least two younger half-brothers. Nothing is known of his education or early career before his arrival in ...

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Farrer, William James (1845–1906), wheat breeder, was born on 3 April 1845 at Docker, near Kendal, Westmorland, the first of the four children of Thomas Farrer, tenant farmer, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1853), daughter of John Brunskill. He was educated at ...

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Johnston, Samuel (1733–1816), planter and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 15 December 1733 in Dundee, the son of Samuel Johnston (1702–1757) and Helen, née Scrymsoure (d. 1750). In 1735 his parents moved to North Carolina where his uncle, Gabriel Johnston...

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Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett (1854–1932) by George Charles Beresford, 1903 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Plunkett, Sir Horace Curzon (1854–1932), agricultural reformer and politician, was born at Sherborne House, Gloucestershire, on 24 October 1854, the third of four sons and sixth of seven children of Edward Plunkett, sixteenth Baron Dunsany (1808–1889), and his wife, the Hon. Anne Constance Dutton (1816–1858)...

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Saint-Étienne de La Tour, Agathe de (b. c. 1690, d. in or after 1765), landowner, was probably born in Cap de Sable in the French colony of Acadia (Nova Scotia), the third of the seven children of Acadian seigneur Jacques de Saint-Étienne de La Tour (...

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Tilghman, Matthew (1718–1790), planter and colonial politician, was born on 17 February 1718 at The Hermitage, Queen Anne's county, Maryland, the youngest of the nine children of Richard Tilghman (1673–1739), also a planter and politician, and Anna Maria (1677–1748), daughter of Philemon Lloyd...

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William Charles Wentworth (1790–1872) by unknown photographer La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria

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Wentworth, William Charles (1790–1872), politician and landowner in Australia, was born on 13 August 1790 on board the Surprize, in harbour at Cascade Bay, Norfolk Island, Pacific Ocean, eldest son of D'Arcy Wentworth (1762–1827), a surgeon from Portadown, co. Armagh, and his mistress, ...