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(Mary Sophia) Charlotte Howe, Viscountess Howe (1703–1782) attrib. Enoch Seeman, 1719 private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Howe, (Mary Sophia) Charlotte [née Sophia Charlotte Mary von Kielmansegg], Viscountess Howe (1703–1782), politician, was born on 23 September 1703 ns, probably in Hanover. She was the eldest daughter and second child of Sophia Charlotte von Kielmansegg, later countess of Darlington and Leinster...

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Dorothea Khristoforovna Lieven, Princess Lieven in the Russian nobility (1785–1857) by George Frederic Watts, 1856 private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lieven [née Benckendorff], Dorothea Khristoforovna, Princess Lieven in the Russian nobility (1785–1857), political hostess, was born in Riga, Latvia, on 17 December 1785, the daughter of General Christoph von Benckendorff and his wife, Juliane (née Baroness Schilling von Canstatt). Her success in life owed much to her parents' powerful connections at the Russian court. Her father was governor of ...

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Robson [née Arvidsson], Inga-Stina, Baroness Robson of Kiddington (1919–1999), politician, was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on 20 August 1919, the elder of the two daughters of Erik Robert Arvidsson, timber exporter, and his wife, Lilly Augusta Danielson, formerly an optician. She excelled at the private ...