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

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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 ...