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William Sharman Crawford (1781–1861) by John Prescott Knight, exh. RA 1843 photograph © Ulster Museum. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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Crawford, William Sharman (1781–1861), politician and landlord in Ireland, was the eldest son of William Sharman (d. 1803), of Moira Castle, co. Down, a protestant landowner, MP for Lisburn (1783–90), and colonel of a union regiment of volunteers. His mother was Arminella...

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Hope, George (1811–1876), agriculturist, was born on 2 January 1811 at West Fenton, East Lothian, the second of the seven sons and a daughter of Robert Hope (d. 1852), tenant farmer, and his second wife, Christian, née Bogue, daughter of a farmer of ...

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Kathleen Letitia Lloyd Jones (1898–1978) by unknown photographer, 1920s private collection

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Jones, Kathleen Letitia Lloyd (1898–1978), garden designer and nurserywoman, was born on 4 June 1898 at Rotherslade House at Oystermouth on the Gower peninsula in Glamorgan. Known as Kitty, she was the ninth of the ten children of Arthur Lloyd Jones (1853–1932), a physician and surgeon, and his wife, ...

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Mantell, Joshua (1795–1865), surgeon and horticulturist, was born on 3 November 1795 at St Mary's Lane, Lewes, the fourth son of Thomas Mantell (1750–1807), shoemaker, and his wife, Sarah Austen (1755–1828). Though hunchbacked and desultory, Mantell displayed an aptitude for science and eventually gave several public lectures on chemical topics to local audiences. In 1821 he managed a stationer's shop in ...

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McLaren [née Pochin], Laura Elizabeth, Lady Aberconway (1854–1933), campaigner for women's rights and horticulturist, was born at Camp Street, Broughton, Lancashire, on 14 May 1854, the only surviving daughter of Henry Davis Pochin (1824–1895), industrial chemist and MP, and his wife, Agnes Pochin, ...

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Laura Elizabeth McLaren, Lady Aberconway (1854–1933) by James Tissot, 1878 Collection of Lord Aberconway

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See Milnes, Richard Monckton, first Baron Houghton

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Paget, John (1808–1892), agriculturist and writer on Hungary, was born on 18 April 1808 at Loughborough, Leicestershire, the eldest of the three children of John Paget (1773–1833), manufacturer, and his wife, Anne (1789–1811), daughter of John Hunt, surgeon. His father, a pillar of the ...

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Potter [married name Heelis], (Helen) Beatrix (1866–1943), artist, children's writer, and sheep breeder, was born on 28 July 1866 at 2 Bolton Gardens, South Kensington, London, the elder child and only daughter of Rupert William Potter (1832–1914), a lawyer specializing as equity draftsman and conveyancer until he inherited a large fortune in 1883. A close friend of ...

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(Helen) Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) by Delmar Banner, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rowan, Archibald Hamilton (1751–1834), Irish nationalist and landowner, was born Archibald Hamilton on 1 May 1751 at Rathbone Place, London, the elder of two children of Gawen Hamilton (1729–1805), political reformer and landowner, of Killyleagh Castle, co. Down, and his wife, Jane (...

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Archibald Hamilton Rowan (1751–1834) by R. Cooper, pubd 1825 (after John Comerford, 1822) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Solly, Edward (1819–1886), chemist, agronomist, and antiquary, was born, probably in London, on 11 October 1819, the son of Edward Solly (c.1790–c.1847), a wealthy Baltic timber merchant of Berlin and St Mary Axe, London. Sarah Solly, who made a significant bequest to the ...

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John Sutton (bap. 1777, d. 1863) by unknown photographer Suttons Consumer Products, Paignton, Devon

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Sutton, John (bap. 1777, d. 1863), corn dealer and seedsman, was baptized at St Mary Somerset, London, on 1 June 1777, the fourth son in a family of six sons and four daughters of James Sutton (1744–1789), partner in Sutton and Winckworth, flour factors, and his wife, ...