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Davies, Scrope Berdmore (1782–1852), dandy and friend of Lord Byron, was born towards the end of 1782 in Horsley, Gloucestershire, and baptized there on new year's day 1783, the second son in the family of six sons and four daughters of the Revd Richard Davies (1747–1825)...

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Thomas Raikes (1777–1848) by Richard Dighton, pubd 1818 [One of the Rake's of London] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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W. P. Courtney

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Raikes, Thomas (1777–1848), dandy and diarist, born on 3 October 1777, was the eldest son of Thomas Raikes (1741–1813) and his wife, Charlotte (d. 1810), daughter of the Hon. Henry Finch. He had three brothers, including the clergyman Henry Raikes (1782–1854), and five sisters. His father was the brother of ...

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Skeffington, Sir Lumley St George, second baronet (1771–1850), fop and playwright, younger but only surviving son of Sir William Charles Farrell Skeffington, first baronet (1742–1815), and Catherine Josepha (c.1743–1811), daughter of Michael Hubbert of Tenerife, merchant, was born in the parish of ...

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Sir Lumley St George Skeffington, second baronet (1771–1850) by Ridley & Holl, pubd 1806 (after John Thomas Barber) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smythe, James Moore (1702–1734), playwright and man of fashion, was born James Moore at the family home at Fetcham, Surrey, the son of Arthur Moore (d. 1730) and his second wife, Theophila (c.1676–1739), daughter of William Smythe and Lady Elizabeth, daughter of ...