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Barry, Richard, seventh earl of Barrymore (1769–1793), rake and actor, was born on 14 August 1769, probably in London, the second child and eldest of three sons of Richard Barry, sixth earl of Barrymore (1745–1773), and Lady Emily Stanhope (1749–1780), daughter of William Stanhope, ...

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Calvert, Frederick, sixth Baron Baltimore (1732–1771), author and libertine, was the eldest son of Charles Calvert, fifth Baron Baltimore (1699–1751), and Mary Janssen (d. 1770), daughter of Sir Theodore Janssen. His father's title was Irish but Frederick was born in England on 6 February 1732; he was educated at ...

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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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Dashwood, Francis, eleventh Baron Le Despencer (1708–1781), politician and rake, born in Great Marlborough Street, London, in December 1708, and baptized at St Botolph without Bishopsgate on 23 December 1708, was the only son of Sir Francis Dashwood, first baronet (c. 1658–1724), merchant and MP, of ...

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Francis Dashwood, eleventh Baron Le Despencer (1708–1781) by Nathaniel Dance, 1776 The Dashwood Heirloom Collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Robert Feilding (1650/5151–1712) by Jan van der Vaart, c.1678-79 (after Sir Peter Lely) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Feilding, Robert (1650/51–1712), rake and bigamist, was born at Solihull, Warwickshire, the son of George Feilding, landowner, a kinsman of the earl of Denbigh. Nothing is known about his mother. He was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1673, but upon inheriting £600...

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Gilbert, Thomas (bap. 1713, d. 1766), satirist and rake, was baptized on 18 December 1713, at St Mary's, Whitechapel, the son of Thomas Gilbert, gentleman, and his wife, Susanna, of Stepney in London. He was educated at Eton College from 1725 to 1728, and at ...

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Hastings, Henry Weysford Charles Plantagenet Rawdon, fourth marquess of Hastings (1842–1868), rake, was born on 22 July 1842, at 6 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, Middlesex, second son of George Augustus Francis Rawdon Hastings, second marquess of Hastings (1808–1844), and his wife, Barbara Yelverton, suo jure...

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Hay, Josslyn Victor, twenty-second earl of Erroll (1901–1941), colonist in Kenya and philanderer, was born on 11 May 1901 at 17 Hertford Street, Mayfair, the elder son of Victor Alexander Sereld Hay (1876–1928), then styled Lord Kilmarnock, who succeeded as twenty-first earl of Erroll...

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See Herbert, Philip, first earl of Montgomery and fourth earl of Pembroke

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Lyttelton, Thomas, second Baron Lyttelton (1744–1779), libertine and politician, was born at Hagley, Worcestershire, on 30 January 1744, the son of George Lyttelton, first Baron Lyttelton of Frankley (1709–1773), and Lucy (1717/18–1747), daughter of Hugh Fortescue of Filleigh, Devon. The dissolute son of a pious father, ...

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Morton, Savile (1811–1852), journalist and philanderer, was born on 1 August 1811, the fourth of the five sons who survived infancy of Charles Carr Morton, landed gentleman, of Kilnacrott House, Drumrora, co. Cavan, and his wife, Charlotte (d. 1854), second daughter of ...

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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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Pitt, Thomas, second Baron Camelford (1775–1804), naval officer and rake, was born on 19 February 1775 at Boconnoc House, Cornwall, the younger of two children of Thomas Pitt, first Baron Camelford (1737–1793), landowner and politician, and Anne (1738–1803), daughter of Pinckney Wilkinson, London...

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Thomas Pitt, second Baron Camelford (1775–1804) by unknown engraver (after C. Bond) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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See St Leger, Anthony

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Vere, John de, sixteenth earl of Oxford (1516–1562), magnate and rake, was the eldest of four sons (there were also four daughters) of John de Vere fifteenth earl of Oxford (1482–1540), and his second wife, Elizabeth Trussell (b. 1496, d...

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See Pole, William Wellesley- [formerly Wesley-], third earl of Mornington