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Anderson [née Bodley], (Alix Yveline) Ava Courtenay, Viscountess Waverley (1895–1974), political and social hostess, was born in France on 12 December 1895, the only daughter and third of four children of the writer John Edward Courtenay Bodley (1853–1925) and his first wife, ...

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Asquith [née Tennant], Margaret Emma Alice [Margot], countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945), political hostess and diarist, was born on 2 February 1864, the sixth daughter and eleventh child of Sir Charles Tennant, first baronet (1823–1906), wealthy Scottish industrialist and Liberal MP, and his first wife, ...

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Margaret Emma Alice Asquith, countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945) by Baron Adolf de Meyer, c. 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Georgiana Cavendish, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1806) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1784 [with her daughter Lady Georgiana Cavendish] Chatsworth House. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Cavendish [née Spencer], Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1806), political hostess, was born in Wimbledon, Surrey, on 7 June 1757, the eldest daughter of John Spencer, first Earl Spencer (1734–1783), and his wife, Margaret Georgiana Spencer (née Poyntz) (1737–1814). Four more siblings followed, of whom two survived: ...

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Mary Amelia Cecil, marchioness of Salisbury (1750–1835) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1780–81 [altered, 1787–9] The Marquess of Salisbury

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Cecil [née Hill], Mary Amelia [Emily Mary], marchioness of Salisbury (1750–1835), political hostess and sportswoman, was born and baptized in Dublin on 16 August 1750, the eldest daughter of Wills Hill, second Viscount Hillsborough and successively later first earl of Hillsborough and first marquess of Downshire...

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Frances Anne Crewe, Lady Crewe (bap. 1748, d. 1818) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1810 private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Crewe [née Greville], Frances Anne, Lady Crewe (bap. 1748, d. 1818), political hostess, was baptized at Newton Toney, Wiltshire, on 28 November 1748, the only daughter of Fulke Greville (1717–1805), diplomat and man of fashion, and his wife, the poet Frances Greville, ...

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Emilia Mary Fitzgerald, duchess of Leinster (1731–1814) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1774 private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fitzgerald [née Lennox; other married name Ogilvie], Emilia Mary [Emily], duchess of Leinster (1731–1814), political hostess, was born on 6 October 1731, the second of the seven surviving children of Charles Lennox, second duke of Richmond and Lennox (1701–1750), and his wife, ...

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Fortescue, Frances Elizabeth Anne Parkinson- [née Frances Elizabeth Anne Braham; other married name Frances Elizabeth Anne Waldegrave, Countess Waldegrave] (1821–1879), political hostess, was born on 4 January 1821 at 3 Tavistock Square, London, the third child and eldest daughter of John Braham (1777?–1856)...

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Frances Elizabeth Anne Parkinson- Fortescue (1821–1879) by Camille Silvy, 1861 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Lady Holland (1771?–1845) by Robert Fagan, 1793 courtesy of private collection

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Fox, Elizabeth Vassall [née Elizabeth Vassall], Lady Holland [other married name Elizabeth Vassall Webster, Lady Webster] (1771?–1845), political and literary hostess, was the only child of Richard Vassall (1732–1795), the heir to three Jamaican sugar plantations, by his marriage in spring 1770 to ...

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Jane Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1748/99–1812) by George Romney, 1778 [ and George Gordon, marquess of Huntly, later fifth duke of Gordon (1770–1836)] Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Gordon [née Maxwell], Jane, duchess of Gordon (1748/9–1812), political hostess and agricultural reformer, was born at Hyndford's Close, Edinburgh, the third of the four children of Sir William Maxwell of Monreith, Wigtownshire, third baronet, (c.1712–1771), and his wife, Magdalene, daughter of ...

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Cynthia Jebb, Lady Gladwyn (1898–1990) by unknown photographer © reserved; private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jebb [née Noble], Cynthia, Lady Gladwyn (1898–1990), political hostess and diarist, was born on 20 November 1898 at The Grove, Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne, the younger daughter and youngest of the four children of Sir Saxton William Armstrong Noble, third baronet...