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Blaikie, Francis (1771–1857), agriculturist and land agent, was born on 24 December 1771 at Holydean in the parish of Bowden, Roxburghshire, the son of Andrew Blaikie, a tenant farmer of Holydean, and his wife, Jane Currie. Francis followed a career in agriculture and moved to ...

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Charles Cunningham Boycott (1832–1897) by unknown engraver, pubd 1897 (after Lafayette) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boycott [formerly Boycatt], Charles Cunningham (1832–1897), land agent, from whose surname the word ‘boycott’ is derived, was born on 12 March 1832, the eldest surviving son of Revd William Boycatt (who changed his name to Boycott in 1862), rector of Wheatacre, Burgh St Peter, Norfolk...

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Brent, Margaret (c. 1601–c. 1671), colonist and proprietary agent in America, was born in England, the eldest daughter of Catholic gentry parents, Richard Brent (1573–1652) of the manor of Lark Stoke and Admington in Gloucestershire, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Giles Reed...

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Calle, Richard (d. in or after 1503), administrator and land agent, was the son of a shopkeeper from Framlingham in Suffolk. Nothing more is known about his family except that he had at least one brother. Framlingham was the seat of the Mowbray...

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Crakehall, John of (d. 1260), administrator, originated from Crakehall, a few miles south-east of Richmond in the North Riding of Yorkshire. He was probably the younger son of Ellis of Crakehall (fl. c.1220), and thus born into a family of subtenants of the honour of ...

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Davis, Thomas (1749–1807), estate steward and agriculturist, was born on 11 July 1749 at Penton Mewsey, Hampshire, son of Thomas Davis, an itinerant excise officer then based there, and his wife, Elizabeth. Davis received a good classical education at a school in Devizes, Wiltshire...

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Lady Rachael Fane (bap. 1613, d. 1680) studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck Christie's Images Ltd. (2005)

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Fane, Lady Rachael [married namesRachael Bourchier, countess of Bath; Rachael Cranfield, countess of Middlesex] (bap. 1613, d. 1680), estate manager and benefactor, was baptized at Mereworth, Kent, on 28 January 1613, one of the fourteen children of Sir Francis Fane (1583/4–1629), later ...

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Gery [Geary], John (1637/8–1722), Church of England clergyman and land agent, was the son of John Gery of Coventry (d. c.1653), and his second wife, Anne, daughter of Richard Butler of the Charterhouse near Coventry. He matriculated at Magdalen College, Oxford...

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Gilbert, Thomas (bap. 1720, d. 1798), land agent and poor law reformer, was baptized on 26 January 1720 in Cotton, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Thomas Gilbert, a small landowner engaged in farming and mining, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was admitted to the ...

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Thomas Gilbert (bap. 1720, d. 1798) by unknown artist, c. 1790 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grey, John (1785–1868), agriculturist and land agent, was born at Milfield, Glendale, Northumberland, in August 1785, the eldest of the two sons and two daughters of George Grey of West Ord, near Berwick, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Burn of Berwick...

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Guinness, Richard Samuel (1797–1857), land agent and politician, was born in Dublin on 17 June 1797, the second son of Richard Guinness (1755–1829), barrister, and Mary, elder daughter of George Darley of The Scalp, co. Wicklow, and great-nephew of Arthur Guinness, founder of the ...

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Keary, (Hall) William (bap. 1815, d. 1887), farm manager and land agent, was born in Farlington, Yorkshire, and was baptized there on 14 January 1815, the son of William Keary, clerk, and his wife, Lucy. Some time between 1841 and 1843, possibly as a new appointee when the ...

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Lawrie, William (fl. 1645–1699), estate steward, appears to have belonged to the family of Lawrie of Auchinheath, in Lesmahagow parish, Lanarkshire. By 1645 he had married Marion Weir, heiress of Blackwood, and the couple had a son called George, who became heir to the ...

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Alice L'Estrange, Lady L'Estrange (1585–1656) by John Hoskins, 1617 private collection; photograph courtesy of The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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L'Estrange [née Stubbe], Alice, Lady L'Estrange (1585–1656), keeper of household and estate accounts, was the only child of Richard Stubbe (d. 1619), a lawyer, and his second wife, Anne Goding, formerly widow of John Le Strange (d. 1582). Richard Stubbe...

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MacCarthy, John George (1829–1892), land commissioner and author, born at Cork in June 1829, was the son of John MacCarthy, merchant, of Cork, and his wife, Jane, daughter of George O'Driscoll, distiller, of Cork. He was educated at St Vincent's, a local private school. In 1851 ...

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Marshall, William (bap. 1745, d. 1818), agricultural writer and land agent, was baptized on 28 July 1745 at Sinnington, North Riding, Yorkshire. The younger son of a yeoman farmer, according to his own account he could trace his blood through the veins of agriculturists for upwards of four hundred years. At the age of fifteen, however, he was apprenticed in the linen trade in ...