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Blake [née Boucher], Catherine Sophia (1762–1831), wife and assistant to William Blake, was born in Battersea, Surrey, on 25 April 1762, and baptized there at St Mary's Church on 16 May 1762, the thirteenth child of William Boucher (1714–1794), a market gardener, and his wife, ...

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Clementine Ogilvy Spencer- Churchill, Baroness Spencer-Churchill (1885–1977) by Dorothy Wilding, 1943 William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Churchill, Clementine Ogilvy Spencer- [née Clementine Ogilvy Hozier], Baroness Spencer-Churchill (1885–1977), political wife, was born at 75 Grosvenor Street, London, on 1 April 1885, and was assumed to be the second among the four children (three daughters, one son) of Colonel Henry Montague Hozier (1838–1907)...

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Cranmer, Margaret (d. c. 1575), wife of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer 1489–1556, was German by origin, the niece of Katharina Preu, wife of Andreas Osiander, Nuremberg's leading Lutheran preacher and reformer. Thomas Cranmer visited Nuremberg intermittently from March to August 1532 on his mission to win the support of ...

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Disraeli [née Evans; other married name Lewis], Mary Anne, Viscountess Beaconsfield (1792–1872), political wife, was born in Exeter on 11 November 1792, the second surviving child and only daughter of John Evans (1760–1794), naval lieutenant, and his wife, Eleanor Viney (d...

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Mordaunt [née Fraizer], Carey, countess of Peterborough and Monmouth (c. 1658–1709), political wife, and correspondent of John Locke, was the daughter of Sir Alexander Fraizer, first baronet (1607?–1681), physician to Charles II, and his second wife, Mary Wylde, née Carey (d...

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Frances Herbert Nelson, Viscountess Nelson (1761–1831) by Henry Edridge Royal Naval Museum

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Nelson [née Woolward], Frances Herbert [Fanny], Viscountess Nelson (1761–1831), wife of Horatio Nelson, the daughter of William Woolward (d. 18 Feb 1779), the senior judge of the island of Nevis in the West Indies, and his wife, Mary, the sister of ...

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Ogilvy, Sir Angus James Bruce (1928–2004), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 14 September 1928 at 47 Park Street, London, the second son of David Lyulph Gore Wolseley Ogilvy, seventh or thirteenth earl of Airlie (1893–1968), and his wife, Lady Alexandra Marie Bridget, ...

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(Beatrix) Maud Palmer, countess of Selborne (1858–1950) by Philip A. de Laszlo, 1923 The de László Foundation; Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Palmer, (Beatrix) Maud [née Lady (Beatrix) Maud Gascoyne-Cecil], countess of Selborne (1858–1950), suffragist and political wife, was born on 11 April 1858 at 9 Park Crescent, Marylebone, London, the eldest of the five sons and three daughters of Lord Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, later ...

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Pelham [née Manners], Lady Katharine (1700/01–1780), political wife, was the daughter of John Manners, second duke of Rutland (1676–1721), and his first wife, Catherine Russell (d. 31 Oct 1711), daughter of William Russell, Lord Russell, and Rachel Russell, née Wriothesley, and sister of ...

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Pepys [née de St Michel], Elizabeth (1640–1669), wife of Samuel Pepys, was born at Bideford, Devon, on 23 October 1640, the daughter of Alexandre le Marchant de St Michel (d. 1672), a descendant of a dignified Anjou family, and Dorothea (...

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Elizabeth Pepys (1640–1669) by James Thomson, 1828 (after John Hayls) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pitt [née Grenville], Hester, countess of Chatham and suo jure Baroness Chatham (1720–1803), political wife, was born in London on 8 November 1720, the sixth child and only daughter of Richard Grenville (1678–1727) and his wife, Hester, née Temple, subsequently suo jure...

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See Ramsey, (Arthur) Michael, Baron Ramsey of Canterbury

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Mary Catherine Stanley, countess of Derby (1824–1900) by James Rannie Swinton, 1850 The Marquess of Salisbury. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Stanley [née Sackville-West], Mary Catherine, countess of Derby [other married name Mary Catherine Gascoyne-Cecil, marchioness of Salisbury] (1824–1900), grande dame and politician manqué, was born, probably at Bourn, Cambridgeshire, on 23 July 1824, sixth of the nine children of George Sackville-West, ...

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Emily Sarah Tennyson, Lady Tennyson (1813–1896) by George Frederic Watts, 1865 from the Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln. By permission of Lincolnshire County Council