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(Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne Ashley (1836–1907) by Spy (Sir Leslie Ward), pubd 1883 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ashley, (Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne (1836–1907), politician and biographer, born in London on 24 July 1836, was the fourth son of Anthony Ashley Cooper, seventh earl of Shaftesbury (1801–1885), politician and social reformer, and his wife, Emily (1810–1872), daughter of Peter Leopold Cowper, fifth Earl Cowper...

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Crick, Sir Bernard Rowland (1929–2008), political scientist and biographer, was born on 16 December 1929 at 77 Circle Gardens, Merton, London, the son of Harry Edgar Crick (d. 1968), insurance official, and his wife, Florence Clara, née Cook (1890–1986). He attended Whitgift School, Croydon...

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Sir Bernard Rowland Crick (1929–2008) by Colin McPherson, 2003 © Colin McPherson / Corbis

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Dicconson, William (1654/5–1742), Jacobite courtier and biographer, eldest son of Hugh Dicconson (c.1621–1691) of Wrightington Hall near Wigan, and his wife, Agnes (d. 1719), third daughter of Roger Kirkby of Kirkby, came from a Lancashire Roman Catholic gentry family, which occasionally (as in the 1660s) conformed outwardly. He had three brothers (including the Catholic bishop ...

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Goodcole, Henry (bap. 1586, d. 1641), prison visitor and author, was baptized at St James's, Clerkenwell, on 23 May 1586, the eighth or ninth child (he was a twin) of eleven children of James Goodcole (d. 1597) and his second wife, Joan Duncombe...

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Hardy, Francis (1751–1812), politician and biographer, the son of Harry Hardy, was born in Dublin. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 8 July 1766 and graduated BA in 1771. He attended the Middle Temple and was called to the Irish bar in 1777. '...

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Roy Harris Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead (1920–2003) by Jane Bown, 1977 © Jane Bown; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jenkins, Roy Harris, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead (1920–2003), politician and author, was born at Greenlands, Snatchwood Road, Abersychan, Monmouthshire, on 11 November 1920, the only child of Arthur Jenkins (1882–1946), assistant miners' agent, and his wife, Harriet (Hattie), née Harris (1886–1953), music shop assistant and subsequently magistrate and county councillor....

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Lambton, Antony Claud Frederick, styled Lord Lambton (1922–2006), politician and writer, was born on 10 July 1922 at West Marden Hall, Emsworth, Sussex, the younger son of John Frederick Lambton, fifth earl of Durham (1884–1970), and his first wife, Diana Mary (1901–1924), only daughter of ...

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Langdale [formerly Stourton], Charles (1787–1868), politician and biographer, was born on 19 September 1787, the fourth son of the six sons and six daughters of Charles Philip, seventeenth Baron Stourton (1752–1816), and his wife, Mary (d. 1841), second surviving daughter and coheir of ...

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Molyneux, Edmund (d. 1605), biographer and politician, was the second of five sons of Sir Edmund Molyneux (d. 1552) of Thorpe, Nottinghamshire, judge of the common pleas, and his wife, Jane, daughter of John Cheney of Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire. Probably the Edmund Molyneux...

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Charles Stuart Parker (1829–1910) by James Russell & Sons, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Parker, Charles Stuart (1829–1910), politician and biographer, born at Aigburth, Liverpool, on 1 June 1829, was the eldest son of Charles Stewart Parker of Fairlie, Ayrshire, a partner in the prosperous Liverpool firm of Sandbach, Tinne & Co., merchants for the West Indies...

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Paule, Sir George (1563–1635), administrator and biographer, was the second son of Richard Paule of Norfolk and of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and Dorothy, daughter of Fulk Lee of Langley, Shropshire. He was married twice, first to Joan (d. before 1635), daughter of Nicholas Oldman...

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Hallam Tennyson, second Baron Tennyson (1852–1928) by Cameron Studio, c. 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tennyson, Hallam, second Baron Tennyson (1852–1928), biographer and governor-general of Australia, was born on 11 August 1852 at Twickenham, Middlesex, eldest son of the poet laureate, Alfred Tennyson, first Baron Tennyson (1809–1892), and his wife, Emily Sarah, née Sellwood (1813–1896). The Tennysons were a close family and, as boys, ...