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Freeth, John [pseud. John Free] (1731–1808), innkeeper and political ballad writer, was born at the Bell tavern, Philip Street, Birmingham, the son of Charles Freeth, landlord of the Bell, and his wife, Mary. Nothing is known of Freeth's education or of his early years, although it seems that he was once an itinerant street ballad singer. Where and when ...

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Freud, Sir Clement Raphael [Clay] (1924–2009), restaurateur, journalist, and politician, was born Clemens Raphael Freud in Berlin on 24 April 1924, the third and youngest son of Ernst Ludwig Freud (1892–1970), architect, and his wife, Lucie, née Brasch (1896–1989). He was the grandson of the founder of psychoanalysis, ...

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Sir Clement Raphael Freud (1924–2009) by Duffy, 1960 © Getty Images

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Hughes [née Rogers], Victoria (1897–1978), lavatory attendant and author, was born on 22 June 1897 at Woodbury Lane, off Blackboy Hill, Bristol, the fifth of ten children of Alfred William Rogers, a scaffolder, and his wife, Ellen Rogers. She was educated at ...

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Sir Polydor de Keyser (1832–1898) by John Caller Stedelijke Musea Dendermonde

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Keyser, Sir Polydor de (1832–1898), hotelier and politician, was born on 12 December 1832 in rue de l'Église, Dendermonde, Belgium, the younger son of Joost Constant Fidel Armand de Keyser (b. 1801) and his wife, Catharina Rosalie, née Troch. Constant de Keyser...

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McNachtane, John, of Dundarave (d. 1773), customs official and founder of the Beggar's Benison, was the second son of John McNachtane of Dundarave, Argyll (d. in or after 1711) and Isobel, daughter of Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy. On his elder brother's death in 1702 he became heir to ...