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Harold Maurice Abrahams (1899–1978) by A. R. Coster, 1924 [after winning the 100 yards at the AAA championship at Stamford Bridge, London, on 21 June 1924] Getty Images – A. R. Coster

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Abrahams, Harold Maurice (1899–1978), athlete and civil servant, was born at 30 Rutland Road, Bedford, on 15 December 1899, the youngest in the family of two daughters and four sons of Isaac Klonimus (1850–1921) of Vladislavovka in Russian-occupied Poland and his wife, Esther Isaacs...

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Bannerman, John Macdonald, Baron Bannerman of Kildonan (1901–1969), politician and rugby player, was born at 71 Seymour Street, Crossmyloof, Glasgow, on 1 September 1901, the son of John Roderick Bannerman (d. 1938), who was originally from South Uist, and his wife, Mary Macdonald (...

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Bentinck, Lord Henry William Cavendish-Scott- [known as Lord Henry Bentinck] (1804–1870), sportsman and politician, was born on 9 June 1804, the fourth son of William Henry Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, the fourth duke of Portland (1768–1854), and his wife, Henrietta (d. 1844), elder daughter and coheir of ...

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Bentinck, Lord (William) George Frederic Cavendish-Scott- [known as Lord George Bentinck] (1802–1848), politician and sportsman, was born on 27 February 1802 at Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire, the fifth child and second surviving son of William Henry Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, fourth duke of Portland (1768–1854), and his wife, ...

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Lord (William) George Frederic Cavendish-Scott- Bentinck (1802–1848) by Samuel Lane, c. 1836 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Berkeley, (George Charles) Grantley Fitzhardinge (1800–1881), politician and sportsman, was born at Cranford House, Hounslow, Middlesex, on 10 February 1800, the sixth son of Frederick Augustus Berkeley, fifth earl of Berkeley (1745–1810), and the second legitimate son after the earl's marriage, on 16 May 1796, to ...

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Boland, John Pius (1870–1958), politician and tennis player, son of Patrick Boland (1840–1877), businessman, and his wife, Mary Donnelly, was born at 135 Capel Street, Dublin, on 16 September 1870. His father, the wealthy proprietor of the largest bakery in Ireland, died in 1877, and his mother in 1882, leaving their seven children under the guardianship of ...

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Bourne, Robert Croft (1888–1938), politician and oarsman, was born at Doddington Place, Kent, on 15 July 1888, the only son of the two children of Gilbert Charles Bourne (1861–1933), zoologist, and his wife, Constance Margaret Graham (d. 1954), eldest daughter of Sir John Frederick Croft, ...

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Bunbury, Sir (Thomas) Charles, sixth baronet (1740–1821), horse-racing administrator and politician, was born in Suffolk (probably at Mildenhall) in May 1740, the elder son of the Revd Sir William Bunbury, fifth baronet (c.1710–1764), and his wife, Eleanor Graham (d...

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Byerley, Robert (bap. 1660, d. 1714), racehorse owner, army officer, and politician, was baptized on 27 March 1660, the fourth (but second surviving) son of Anthony Byerley (bap. 1619, d. 1667), landowner, of Middridge Grange, Heighington, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne (...

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David George Brownlow Cecil, sixth marquess of Exeter (1905–1981) by Sir Oswald Birley, 1926 © reserved; private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cecil, David George Brownlow, sixth marquess of Exeter (1905–1981), athlete and politician, was born in the family's vast 350-year-old ancestral home, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, on 9 February 1905. He was the second child and elder son in the family of four children of the ...

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Mary Amelia Cecil, marchioness of Salisbury (1750–1835) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1780–81 [altered, 1787–9] The Marquess of Salisbury

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Cecil [née Hill], Mary Amelia [Emily Mary], marchioness of Salisbury (1750–1835), political hostess and sportswoman, was born and baptized in Dublin on 16 August 1750, the eldest daughter of Wills Hill, second Viscount Hillsborough and successively later first earl of Hillsborough and first marquess of Downshire...

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Chaplin, Henry, first Viscount Chaplin (1840–1923), politician and sportsman, was born on 22 December 1840 at Ryhall, near Stamford, the third child but the eldest surviving son of the Revd Henry Chaplin (1789–1849), vicar of Ryhall, and his wife, Caroline (d. 1858)...

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Henry Chaplin, first Viscount Chaplin (1840–1923) by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, 1908 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chataway, Sir Christopher John (1931–2014), athlete, politician, and businessman, was born at 17 Beaufort Mansions, Chelsea, London, on 31 January 1931, the son of James Denys Percival Chataway (1892–1953), a district commissioner in the Sudan, and his wife, Margaret Pritchard, née...

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Clay, James (1804–1873), politician and writer on whist, was born in Bloomsbury, London, on 20 December 1804, the only son—there was also a daughter—of James Clay (d. 1828), a merchant of Old Broad Street, London, and his wife, Mary (d. 1841)...