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Joe Carstairs (1900–1993) by Brooke, 1925 Getty Images – Brooke

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Carstairs, Joe [formerly Marion Barbara] (1900–1993), heiress and motor-boat racing driver, was born on 1 February 1900 at 115 Park Street, Mayfair, London, the daughter of Albert Joseph Carstairs, a captain in the Royal Irish Rifles, and his wife, (Frances) Evelyn (1872–1921)...

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Charteris, Francis (c. 1665–1732), gambler and rake, was born in or near Edinburgh, probably about 1665 (some ten years earlier than the 1675 date inferred from the Edinburgh obituary printed in many London newspapers shortly after his death), the son of John Charteris (...

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Francis Charteris (c. 1665–1732) by George White © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lade, Michael (bap. 1737, d. 1799), racehorse owner and miser, was baptized at St Peter and St Paul's church, Boughton under Blean, Kent, on 10 July 1737, the son of Michael Lade and his second wife Elizabeth Dadd, the daughter of Thomas Adams...

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See Henry Frederick, Prince, duke of Cumberland and Strathearn

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John Mytton (1796–1834) by John Frederick Herring senior, 1828 © reserved

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Mytton, John [Jack] (1796–1834), sportsman and eccentric, born at Halston, Shropshire, on 30 September 1796 and baptized there on 3 October that year, was the only son of John Mytton (1768–1798), landowner, of Halston, and his wife, Sarah Harriet (1774–1853), a younger daughter of ...

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Ogle, John (c. 1652/3–c. 1692), wit and gambler, was born the youngest son of a gentleman at Ashburton in Devon, although one early nineteenth-century chapbook states Northampton. He was educated at Exeter, where he was trained in the arts of gentlemanly comportment, and he excelled at those equestrian displays of chivalry known to contemporaries as 'riding the great horse'. His father died when he was young, and he inherited nearly ...

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Dorothy Wyndham Paget (1905–1960) by unknown photographer, 1934 [centre, leading in Golden Miller, ridden by Gerry Wilson, after winning the Grand National in 1934] © Empics

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Paget, Dorothy Wyndham (1905–1960), racehorse owner and eccentric, was born on 21 February 1905, at 32 Green Street, Mayfair, London, the second daughter and youngest child of Almeric Hugh Paget, first Baron Queenborough (1861–1949), politician and yachtsman, and Pauline Payne (d. 1916)...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Panton, Thomas (d. 1685), gambler and rake, was the youngest son of John Panton, a Leicestershire gentleman living at Ashby-de-la-Zouch. When the nucleus of a regular army was formed by Charles II in 1661 Panton, who may have attended the king abroad and already enjoyed a titular colonelcy, obtained a commission in his majesty's ...

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See Pilkington, William

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Russell, Edward Southwell, twenty-sixth Baron de Clifford (1907–1982), racing driver, dog-food salesman, and the last peer to be tried by the House of Lords, was born on 31 January 1907, the only son of Jack Southwell Russell, twenty-fifth Baron de Clifford (1884–1909), an Irish landowner, and his wife, ...