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See Metcalfe, Sir Thomas Theophilus, fourth baronet

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Beaumont, Agnes (bap. 1652, d. 1720), religious autobiographer, was born in Edworth, Bedfordshire, where she was baptized Ann on 1 September 1652, the youngest of seven children (of whom three died in infancy) of John Beaumont, yeoman farmer of Edworth, and his wife, ...

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See Mills, Sir John Lewis Ernest Watts

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Boruwlaski, Joseph [formerly Józef Boruslawski], styled Count Boruwlaski (1739–1837), travelling performer and memoirist, was born in November 1739 near Halicz, Galicia, Poland, the third son of a lower gentry family. The principal source for his life is his own memoirs, published in several editions between 1788 and 1820. When he was nine his father died, leaving a widow with five sons and one daughter. Three sons were very tall, but three children suffered from achondroplasia, an inherited condition in which the cartilage in the bones fails to grow. ...

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Bramston, Sir John, the younger (1611–1700), politician and autobiographer, was born in the family home in Whitechapel, London, and was baptized on 11 September 1611, eldest son and fourth of nine children of Sir John Bramston (1577–1654), chief justice of king's bench, and his first wife, ...

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Brasbridge, Joseph (1744–1832), autobiographer, was born on 17 March 1744 in Buckinghamshire, the son of 'an inland farmer' (Brasbridge, 1st edn, 2), Rowland Brasbridge, and his wife, Mary; he was baptized at St Mary's, Aylesbury, on 28 March 1744. Having moved to ...

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Bruce, Thomas, second earl of Ailesbury (1656–1741), nobleman and memoirist, was born on 26 September 1656, probably at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the fifth but first surviving son of Robert Bruce, first earl of Ailesbury (bap. 1626, d. 1685), and his wife, Diana (d...

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Caesar [née Freman], Mary (1677–1741), Jacobite memoirist, was a younger daughter of Ralph Freman (1627–1714) of Aspenden Hall, and his wife Elizabeth, née Aubrey (1644–1721). On 24 November 1702 Mary married Tory Jacobite MP Charles Caesar (...

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Cannon, John (1684–1743), excise official and autobiographer, was born on 28 March 1684, the third but eldest surviving child of John Cannon (b. 1648), smallholder and butcher, and his wife, Elizabeth Hooper (b. 1644), in the small central Somerset village of ...

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Carey [née Jackson], Mary, Lady Carey (b. c. 1609, d. in or after 1680), author of verse and autobiographical meditations, was the daughter and heir of Sir John Jackson of Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland; she wrote of her family that 'I had tenderly loving parents...

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Carleton, George (1651/2?–1728x30), army officer and memoirist, was probably born at Ewelme in Oxfordshire, the son of George Carleton. He claimed to be closely related to Sir Dudley Carleton, secretary of state to Charles I. However, until the late 1920s nothing was known about him other than what appears in the memoirs of military life ascribed to his name which was first published in 1728. As this work appeared in the lifetime of ...

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Carlyle, Alexander (1722–1805), Church of Scotland minister and memorialist, was born on 26 January 1722, the eldest child of the Revd William Carlyle (1689–1765) and Janet Robeson (1700–1779). He was descended on his father's side from a distinguished Cumberland family who had long before crossed over the Scottish border and established themselves in ...

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Alexander Carlyle (1722–1805) by Sir Henry Raeburn, 1796 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Cholmley, Sir Hugh, first baronet (1600–1657), royalist army officer and autobiographer, was born on 22 July 1600 at Roxby Castle, Thornton on the Hill (now Thornton Dale) in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the eldest son of Sir Richard Cholmley (1580–1631) and Susannah (1578–1611)...

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Cunningham, Lady Margaret (d. 1622?), autobiographer, was one of the six daughters of James Cunningham, sixth earl of Glencairn (d. 1631), and his first wife, Mariot or Margaret (d. 1610), daughter of Colin Campbell of Glenorchy. Despite her high birth she was distinguished principally by misfortune, and by the fact that she wrote a detailed account of the cruelty she suffered at the hands of her first husband; the account provides evidence of the acute vulnerability of wives and the inability of law, custom, and even powerful kinsmen to guarantee protection from brutal husbands. On 24 January 1598 ...

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Davies, Richard (bap. 1635, d. 1708), Quaker preacher and autobiographer, was baptized on 22 March 1635 at Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, the son of Edward Davies. The name of his mother is unknown.

Richard Davies's parents had a small estate and he was given '...

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Dayus [née Greenhill; other married name Flood], Kate [pseud. Kathleen Dayus] (1903–2003), jewellery enameller and autobiographer, was born on the edge of Birmingham's jewellery quarter, at 20 Court 4 House, Camden Street, Hockley, on 1 February 1903, the fifth child of seven who survived infancy, to ...

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Delaval [née Livingston], Lady Elizabeth (1648?–1717), memoirist and Jacobite agent, was the only child of James Livingston, first earl of Newburgh (1621/2–1670), nobleman, and his first wife, Catherine (d. 1650), eldest daughter of Theophilus Howard, second earl of Suffolk, and widow of ...

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Dutton [née Williams], Anne (1691x5–1765), writer and autobiographer, was born in Northampton of devout parents (in 1691/1692 according to her gravestone, in 1695 according to her memoirs). Reared in a religious climate of hyper-Calvinism, increasing missionary zeal, and heightened passion for religious liberty, ...

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Eyre [née Aldersey], Anne (1612/13–1681), account keeper, was probably the third of seven children of Samuel Aldersey (d. 1633), a London merchant and haberdasher who had traded to Nuremberg, and his wife, Mary (d. 1628), daughter of Philip van Oyrle...