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Brookes [née Emmerton], Dame Mabel Balcombe (1890–1975), socialite and charity worker, was born on 15 June 1890 at Raveloe, South Yarra, Melbourne, Australia, the only child of Harry Emmerton (1845–1927), an English born solicitor, and his wife, Alice Mabel Maude (1865–1923), a daughter of ...

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Millicent Fanny Sutherland-Leveson- Gower, duchess of Sutherland (1867–1955) by Charles Lallie, c. 1906 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gower, Millicent Fanny Sutherland-Leveson- [née Millicent Fanny St Clair-Erskine], duchess of Sutherland (1867–1955), society hostess and social reformer, was born on 20 October 1867 at Dysart House, Fife, the eldest child of Robert St Clair-Erskine, fourth earl of Rosslyn (1833–1900), and his wife, ...

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Stanley Owen Green (1915–1993) by unknown photographer © Museum of London

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Green, Stanley Owen [known as Protein Man] (1915–1993), dietary reformer and author, was born on 22 February 1915 at Harringay, north London, the youngest of the four sons of Richard Green (d. 1966), a bottle-stopper maker's clerk, and his wife, May (...

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Hartley, Henry Robinson (1777–1850), eccentric and philanthropist, was born on 12 November 1777 in Southampton, second and only surviving child of Henry Hartley (1731–1800) and his wife, Susanna, née Lavender (1742–1821). His father inherited a prosperous wine business from a childless uncle, George Robinson...

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Hollond [née Teed], Ellen Julia (1822–1884), salon hostess, philanthropist, and author, was born at Madras on 28 September 1822, only child of the lawyer Thomas Teed (1797–1843) and his Scottish wife, Julia Jane Jordan (1800–1866), afterwards Lushington. Sent to England at an early age, she was later joined by her parents, who in 1835 bought ...

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Profumo, John Dennis [Jack] (1915–2006), politician and social worker, was born on 30 January 1915 at 28 Basil Street, Kensington, the second son (the elder had died in infancy) and fourth of five children of Albert Peter Anthony Profumo (1879–1940), barrister, and fourth Baron Profumo of the kingdom of Italy...