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Ainslie, Sir Robert, first baronet (1729/30–1812), diplomatist and numismatist, was the third son of George Ainslie (d. 1773), merchant, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Sir Philip Anstruther of Anstrutherfield, Fife. He grew up with his two brothers and five sisters in ...


Gray, Sir James, second baronet (c. 1708–1773), diplomatist and antiquary, was the elder son of James Gray (d. 1722), a courtier, who was created first baronet on 5 March 1707 by Queen Anne, and his wife, Hester Dodd (c.1684–1781). The snobbish ...


William Richard Hamilton (1777–1859) by Richard James Lane, 1854 (after Henry Wyndham Phillips) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Hamilton, William Richard (1777–1859), antiquary and diplomatist, born in London on 9 January 1777, was the son of Anthony Hamilton (1739–1812), archdeacon of Colchester, and Anne, daughter of Richard Terrick, bishop of London. The family were descended from the Hamiltons of Wishaw, Lanarkshire...