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Elizabeth Anson, Lady Anson (1725–1760) studio of Thomas Hudson National Trust Photographic Library / John Hammond

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Anson [née Yorke], Elizabeth, Lady Anson (1725–1760), political correspondent and political manager, was born in August 1725, the sixth child and eldest daughter of Philip Yorke, subsequently first Baron and first earl of Hardwicke (1690–1764), lord chancellor, and his wife, Margaret Lygon (...

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Bridgeman [née Weld-Forester], Selina Louisa, countess of Bradford (1819–1894), correspondent of Benjamin Disraeli, was born in London on 17 February 1819, the seventh and youngest child of Cecil, first Baron Forester (1767–1828), MP and landowner, and his wife, née Lady Katherine Manners (1779–1829)...

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Selina Louisa Bridgeman, countess of Bradford (1819–1894) by Edward Clifford, 1876 Copyright of the Trustees of the Weston Park Foundation

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Dering [née Gibbes], Unton, Lady Dering (d. 1676), letter writer and political agent, was the eldest of the five daughters and one of the twelve children of Sir Ralph Gibbes, first baronet (d. 1613), of Honington Manor, Honington, Warwickshire, and Gertrude (...

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McTier [née Drennan], Martha (1742–1837), letter writer and political commentator, was the eldest of three surviving children of Thomas Drennan (1696–1768) [see under Drennan, William], a non-subscribing Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Ann Lennox (c.1719–1806). Nothing is known of her education, but she probably received some lessons from her father, a leading figure in ...

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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...