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Brett, Sir Charles Edward Bainbridge (1928–2005), solicitor and architectural historian, was born on 30 October 1928 at Glenard, Holywood, co. Down, the eldest son of Charles Anthony Brett (1897–1988), solicitor, and his wife, (Elizabeth) Joyce, née Carter. His father was senior partner of ...

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Sir Charles Edward Bainbridge Brett (1928–2005) by Jill Jennings Country Life Picture Library

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Andrew Caldwell (1733–1808) by Robert Woodburn, 1793 by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Caldwell, Andrew (1733–1808), barrister and connoisseur of architecture, was born on 19 December 1733, the eldest of the ten children of Charles Caldwell (1707–1776), solicitor to the commissioners of revenue in Ireland, and his wife, Elizabeth (1709–1792), daughter of Benjamin Heywood, merchant, of ...

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Churchyard, Thomas (1798–1865), landscape painter and lawyer, was born on 22 January 1798 at the family home, a butcher's shop, opposite the Horse and Groom in the village of Melton, Suffolk, the only child of Jonathan Churchyard (1765–1825), cattle dealer, grazier, and butcher, and his wife, ...

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Disney, John (1779–1857), barrister and art collector, born at Flintham Hall, Nottinghamshire, the home of his paternal uncle Lewis Disney, on 29 May 1779, was the eldest son of seven children of the Revd John Disney DD (1746–1816), a Church of England, and later Unitarian, clergyman, and his wife, ...

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Dowson, Sir Ernest MacLeod (1876–1950), colonial administrator and expert on land registration, was born on 19 November 1876 in India, the only son of Ernest Dowson, superintendent of the Indian government telegraph department. He was educated at the Isle of Wight College and the ...

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Duane, Matthew (1707–1785), lawyer and art patron, was of obscure family origins. It seems likely that he came from Ireland and that his education took place in a Catholic school on the continent. Prevented by his religion from being called to the bar, he was by his mid-thirties practising with great success as a ‘chamber counsel’ and conveyancer in ...

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Matthew Duane (1707–1785) by James Mitan, pubd 1798 (after Giles Hussey, 1774) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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