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Brownell [married names Blair, Pitt-Rivers], Sonia Mary [known as Sonia Orwell] (1918–1980), literary editor, writer, and friend of artists and intellectuals, was born Sonia Mary Brownell on 25 August 1918 at Mesra Thaua, Ranchi, Bihar, India, the younger daughter of ...

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Sonia Mary Brownell [Sonia Orwell] (1918–1980) by unknown photographer, 1949 [left, at the offices of Horizon] UCL, MSSRB, Orwell Archive 3B18

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Clement [Clements; née Giggs], Margaret (1508–1570), adopted daughter of Sir Thomas More, is of obscure parentage. She was described by the biographer of her daughter Margaret as having been 'a gentleman's daughter of Norfolk' (Durrant, 183); a family named Giggs...

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Cuffe [Cuff], Henry (1562/3–1601), classical scholar and secretary to the earl of Essex, is believed to have been the youngest son of Robert Cuffe, of Donyatt, Somerset. The senior branch of the family were modest landowners at Creech St Michael, near Taunton. A ...

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Elphinstone [née Thrale], Hester Maria, Viscountess Keith (1764–1857), protégée of Samuel Johnson, the eldest daughter of Henry Thrale (1728–1781), brewer, and his wife, Hester, afterwards Mrs Piozzi (1741–1821), was born on 17 September 1764 at Southwark, London. Dr Johnson, a friend of the family from 1765, called her ...

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Charles Joseph Faulkner (1833–1892) by unknown photographer, c. 1858 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Faulkner, Charles Joseph (1833–1892), university teacher and associate of William Morris, was born in Birmingham on 6 November 1833, the second son of Benjamin Faulkner, maltster and brewer, and his wife, Ann, née Wight. He was educated at the Birmingham proprietary school and matriculated from ...

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Gregory [married name Alison], Dorothea (bap. 1754, d. 1830), companion of Elizabeth Montagu, was baptized on 4 June 1754 at St Nicholas's Church, Aberdeen, the elder of the two daughters of John Gregory (1724–1773), professor of medicine at Edinburgh University, and his wife, ...

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Leslie Stephen

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Langton, Bennet (bap. 1736, d. 1801), friend of Samuel Johnson, son of the Revd Bennet Langton (1696–1769) and his wife, Diana, daughter of Edmund Turner of Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire, and descendant of the old family of the Langtons of Langton, near Spilsby in ...

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More [née Harpur; other married name Middleton], Alice, Lady More (b. in or after 1474, d. in or before 1551), second wife of Sir Thomas More, was born, probably at Epping, Essex, to Elizabeth (d. in or after 1510), coheir of ...

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Roper [née More], Margaret (1505–1544), scholar and daughter of Sir Thomas More, was probably born in October 1505, the eldest child of Thomas More (1478–1535) and his first wife, Jane Colt (d. 1511). She spent much of her early life in the centre of the city of ...

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Margaret Roper (1505–1544) by Hans Holbein the younger, c. 1535–6 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1950. (50.69.2) Photograph © 1994 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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W. P. Courtney

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Ryland, John (1716/17–1798), friend of Samuel Johnson, was born in London, but spent his early years at Stratford upon Avon. Though trained for the law he entered commerce, and for many years was a West India merchant on Tower Hill, London. As a young man he spent much of his time with ...

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W. P. Courtney

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Taylor, John (bap. 1711, d. 1788), friend of Samuel Johnson, baptized at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, on 18 March 1711, was the son of Thomas Taylor (1671–1730?) of Ashbourne and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Wood. He was educated with Samuel Johnson by the ...

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Yonge, Sir Walter, third baronet (bap. 1653, d. 1731), politician and friend of John Locke, was baptized on 8 September 1653 at Sandford, Devon, the first surviving son of Sir Walter Yonge, second baronet (c.1626–1670), politician, of Colyton, Devon, and his wife, ...