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Balfour, Harold Harington, first Baron Balfour of Inchrye (1897–1988), airman, businessman, and politician, was born on 1 November 1897 in Farnham, Surrey, the younger son and second of the three children of Colonel Nigel Harington Balfour OBE, a serving officer, of Belton, Camberley, Surrey...

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Beckett, Sir Edmund [known as Edmund Denison], fourth baronet (1787–1874), railway promoter and politician, was born at Gledhow Hall, Leeds, on 29 January 1787, the sixth son of the banker Sir John Beckett, first baronet (1743–1826), and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Noel Pemberton Billing (1881–1948) by Elliott & Fry, 1920s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Billing, Noel Pemberton (1881–1948), aviator and self-publicist, was born on 31 January 1881 in Hampstead, the youngest child of Charles Eardley Billing, a Birmingham iron-founder, and his wife, Annie Emilia Claridge. He was educated at the high school, Hampstead; Cumming's College, outside Boulogne...

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John Theodore Cuthbert Moore- Brabazon, first Baron Brabazon of Tara (1884–1964) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1940 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brabazon, John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-, first Baron Brabazon of Tara (1884–1964), aviator and politician, was born in London on 8 February 1884, the younger son in the family of two sons and two daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel John Arthur Henry Moore-Brabazon (1828–1908), landowner, of ...

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Frederick Archibald Vaughan Campbell, third Earl Cawdor (1847–1911) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell, Frederick Archibald Vaughan, third Earl Cawdor (1847–1911), politician and railway administrator, was born on 13 February 1847 at St Leonard's Hill, Windsor, the eldest child of John Frederick Vaughan Campbell, second Earl Cawdor (1817–1898) and his first wife, Sarah, daughter of the ...

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Clark, Sir George Smith, first baronet (1861–1935), shipbuilder and politician, was born on 8 November 1861 in Paisley, the second of three children of James Clark (1830–1910), thread manufacturer, and his first wife, Jane, daughter of George Smith, a Glasgow shipowner. His parents were both Scottish. Raised as a Presbyterian, ...

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Dunbar, Sir William, seventh baronet (1812–1889), railway director and politician, was born on 2 March 1812, the eldest of the eight children of James Dunbar (1778–1840) and his wife, Anna Catherina (d. 1860), daughter of William Ferdinand, Baron de Reede d'Oudtshoorn of the ...

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Ellis, John (1789–1862), railway promoter and politician, was born on 3 August 1789 at Sharman's Lodge, near Leicester, the eldest of six children of Joseph Ellis (1755–1810), farmer, and his wife, Rebekah, née Burgess (1760–1826), who was Joseph's second cousin. Both parents were Quakers....

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Fitzmaurice, Henry Thomas Petty-, fourth marquess of Lansdowne (1816–1866), politician and railway company chairman, was born on 5 January 1816 at Lansdowne House, London, the second, and only surviving, son of Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, third marquess of Lansdowne (1780–1863), politician, and his wife, Lady Louisa Emma Fox-Strangways (1785–1851)...

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Griffith, Richard (1752–1820), politician and canal promoter, was born on 10 June 1752 at Abbey Street, Dublin, one of the two children of Richard Griffith (d. 1788), novelist and playwright, and his wife, Elizabeth Griffith (1727–1793), a more successful novelist and playwright and the daughter of ...

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Grosvenor, Richard de Aquila, first Baron Stalbridge (1837–1912), railway administrator and politician, the fourth son of Richard Grosvenor, second marquess of Westminster (1795–1869), and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Mary Leveson-Gower, the second daughter of George Granville Leveson-Gower, first duke of Sutherland, was born at ...

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Guest, Frederick Edward (1875–1937), politician and promoter of aviation, was born in London on 14 June 1875, the third son in the family of five sons and four daughters of Ivor Bertie Guest, first Baron Wimborne (1835–1914), and his wife, Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria (1847–1927)...

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Douglas Douglas- Hamilton, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973) by Bassano, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton, Douglas Douglas-, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973), boxer, aviator, and politician, was born on 3 February 1903, the eldest of the seven children of Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, thirteenth duke of Hamilton (1862–1940), and his wife, Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton, ...

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Sir Edward Richard George Heath (1916–2005) by Jane Bown, 1978 © Guardian News and Media Ltd 2005

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Heath, Sir Edward Richard George [Ted] (1916–2005), prime minister, was born at 1 Holmwood Villas, Albion Road, Broadstairs, Kent, on 9 July 1916, the elder son of William George Heath (1888–1976), carpenter and builder, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Pantony (d...

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Herbert, Auberon Thomas [Bron], eighth Baron Lucas of Crudwell and fifth Lord Dingwall (1876–1916), politician and airman, was born at Ashley, Hampshire, on 25 May 1876, second of the two sons and third of the four children of the Hon. Auberon Edward William Molyneux Herbert (1838–1906)...