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Boothby, Hill (1708–1756), friend of Samuel Johnson, was born on 27 October 1708 at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the only daughter of Brooke Boothby (d. 1727) of Ashbourne Hall, Derbyshire, and his second wife, Elizabeth Fitzherbert, daughter of John Fitzherbert of Somersall-Herbert, Derbyshire. A woman of considerable ability, she made the acquaintance of ...

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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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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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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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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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Stephen [née Thackeray], Harriet Marian [Minny] (1840–1875), wife of Leslie Stephen, was born in London on 27 May 1840, the youngest of the three daughters of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863) and his wife, Isabella Gethin Creagh, née Shawe (1816–1893). One of her sisters, ...

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Williams, Anna (1706–1783), poet and companion of Samuel Johnson, was born at Rosemarket, Pembrokeshire, the daughter of Zachariah Williams (1668x73–1755), medical practitioner and scientific experimenter, and his wife, Martha. Dr Williams provided his daughter with a good and wide-ranging education in the arts and sciences, including French and Italian. In 1726 or 1727 she moved to ...

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Anna Williams (1706–1783) attrib. Frances Reynolds reproduced by kind permission of Dr. Johnson's House Trust