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Armour, Jean (1765–1834), wife of Robert Burns and subject of poetry, was born in Mauchline, Ayrshire, on 25 February 1765, the second of the eleven children of James Armour and his wife, Mary Smith. The family lived in Mauchline's Cowgate. James Armour was a master mason whose work included ...

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Jean Armour (1765–1834) by J. A. Gilfillan, 1822 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Bannatyne, Richard (d. 1605), secretary to John Knox, may have originated in western Scotland, for his brother James was a merchant in Ayr around the time of Richard's death. There is no evidence to support suggestions that he belonged to the same family as his contemporary ...

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Belasyse [née Cromwell], Mary, Countess Fauconberg (bap. 1637, d. 1713), daughter of Oliver Cromwell, was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, and baptized at St John's Church, Huntingdon, on 9 February 1637, the eighth of nine children and the third of four daughters of ...

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Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761?–1804) attrib. Johan Zoffany, c. 1780 [left, with Lady Elizabeth Murray] from the collection of the Earl of Mansfield, Scone Palace, Perth

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Belle [married name Davinier], Dido Elizabeth (1761?–1804), protégée of the first earl of Mansfield, was the illegitimate daughter of Sir John Lindsay (1737–1788), a captain in the Royal Navy. Her mother was a black slave of African origin, possibly called Belle...

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Bendish [née Ireton], Bridget (1649/50–1726), granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell, was the daughter of Henry Ireton (bap. 1611, d. 1651), parliamentarian army officer and regicide, and his wife, Bridget Fleetwood (bap. 1624, d. 1662), daughter of Oliver Cromwell, lord protector. Her mother married ...

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Blake [née Boucher], Catherine Sophia (1762–1831), wife and assistant to William Blake, was born in Battersea, Surrey, on 25 April 1762, and baptized there at St Mary's Church on 16 May 1762, the thirteenth child of William Boucher (1714–1794), a market gardener, and his wife, ...

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Boothby, Hill (1708–1756), friend of Samuel Johnson, was born on 27 October 1708 at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the only daughter of Brooke Boothby (d. 1727) of Ashbourne Hall, Derbyshire, and his second wife, Elizabeth Fitzherbert, daughter of John Fitzherbert of Somersall-Herbert, Derbyshire. A woman of considerable ability, she made the acquaintance of ...

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Margaret Montgomerie Boswell (1738?–1789) by unknown artist © reserved

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Boswell, Margaret Montgomerie [Peggie] (1738?–1789), wife of James Boswell, was born at Lainshaw, Ayrshire, the fourth of five children of David Montgomerie, formerly Laing (d. 1752), of co. Down, and Veronica Boswell (b. 1704, d. before 1753), daughter of James Boswell, ...

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Frances Brawne (1800–1865) by unknown artist, c. 1833 Keats House, Hampstead; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brawne [married name Lindon], Frances [Fanny] (1800–1865), fiancée of John Keats, was born on 9 August 1800 in the West End of London, the first of five children of Samuel Vernon Brawne (1778–1810), a businessman 'of no commercial reputation' (Motion, 324...