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Beresford, Henry de la Poer, third marquess of Waterford (1811–1859), reprobate and landowner, was born on 26 April 1811 at 5 Mansfield Street, Marylebone, Middlesex, the second son of Henry de la Poer Beresford, second marquess of Waterford (1772–1826), and his wife, Lady Susanna Hussey Carpenter (1784–1827)...

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

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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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See Crichton, James [called the Admirable Crichton]

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See Dudley, Sir Robert

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Elwes [formerly Meggott], John (1714–1789), landowner and eccentric, was born on 7 April 1714 in the parish of St James, Westminster, the son of Robert Meggott (d. 1718), landowner and brewer, and his wife, Amee (Amy; d. 1754), daughter of Gervase Elwes...

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John Elwes (1714–1789) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London / Country Life Picture Library

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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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Henry Hastings (bap. 1562, d. 1650) by unknown artist private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Hastings, Henry (bap. 1562, d. 1650), landowner and eccentric, was the second son of George Hastings (d. 1604), who in 1595 became fourth earl of Huntingdon, and his wife, Dorothy Port (d. 1607). His epitaph states that he died on 5 October 1650, aged ninety-nine, so indicating that he was born in 1550 or 1551, but this exaggerates his age. His parents were married in 1557, his elder brother was born in 1560, and ...

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Kem, Joseph [Teddy] (bap. 1700, d. 1780), miser and farmer-weaver, was baptized on 14 May 1700 at Wolvey, Warwickshire, the younger son of Joseph Kem (c.1680–c.1730), butcher, and his wife, Frances (c.1680–1731). He was the great-great-grandson of ...

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Lady Dorothy Fanny Nevill (1826–1913) by Henry Richard Graves, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nevill [née Walpole], Lady Dorothy Fanny (1826–1913), hostess and horticulturist, was born on 1 April 1826 at 11 Berkeley Square, London. She was the youngest in the family of three sons and two daughters of Horatio Walpole, third earl of Orford, and his wife, ...

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Ogilvy, Marion (d. 1575), landowner and mistress of Cardinal David Beaton, was the youngest known daughter of James, first Lord Ogilvy of Airlie (d. 1504), and his fourth wife, Janet Lyle (d. in or before 1525). Her father had made only partial provision for her before his death, a marriage contract (1503) by which the heir of ...

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Ramsay [née Broun], Christian, countess of Dalhousie (1786–1839), hostess and botanical collector, was born on 28 February 1786, in the family seat of Coalstoun or Colstoun, near Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, the only child and heir of Charles Broun. Her father was an advocate in ...

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Skeffington, Clotworthy, second earl of Massereene (1742–1805), landowner and debtor, was the son of Clotworthy Skeffington, sixth viscount and first earl of Massereene (d. 1757), and his second wife, Anne, daughter of Henry Eyre of Rowter, Derbyshire. He was born on 28 January 1742 in ...

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Yorke, Charles Philip [nicknamed Champagne Charlie], fifth earl of Hardwicke (1836–1897), landowner and bankrupt dandy, was born on 23 April 1836 at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, the eldest son of the five sons and three daughters of Charles Philip Yorke, fourth earl of Hardwicke...