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Johnston, Samuel (1733–1816), planter and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 15 December 1733 in Dundee, the son of Samuel Johnston (1702–1757) and Helen, née Scrymsoure (d. 1750). In 1735 his parents moved to North Carolina where his uncle, Gabriel Johnston...

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Plunkett, Sir Horace Curzon (1854–1932), agricultural reformer and politician, was born at Sherborne House, Gloucestershire, on 24 October 1854, the third of four sons and sixth of seven children of Edward Plunkett, sixteenth Baron Dunsany (1808–1889), and his wife, the Hon. Anne Constance Dutton (1816–1858)...

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Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett (1854–1932) by George Charles Beresford, 1903 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tilghman, Matthew (1718–1790), planter and colonial politician, was born on 17 February 1718 at The Hermitage, Queen Anne's county, Maryland, the youngest of the nine children of Richard Tilghman (1673–1739), also a planter and politician, and Anna Maria (1677–1748), daughter of Philemon Lloyd...

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Wentworth, William Charles (1790–1872), politician and landowner in Australia, was born on 13 August 1790 on board the Surprize, in harbour at Cascade Bay, Norfolk Island, Pacific Ocean, eldest son of D'Arcy Wentworth (1762–1827), a surgeon from Portadown, co. Armagh, and his mistress, ...

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William Charles Wentworth (1790–1872) by unknown photographer La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria