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Beckford, William (bap. 1709, d. 1770), planter and politician, was baptized on 19 December 1709, in Jamaica, the son of Peter Beckford (1672/3–1735), sugar planter, speaker of the Jamaica house of assembly, and comptroller of customs, and Bathshua, daughter and coheir of Julines Hering...

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Beckford, William (1744–1799), sugar planter and historian, was born in Jamaica in 1744, the son and heir of Richard Beckford (d. 1756) and his common-law wife, Elizabeth Hay. His uncle was William Beckford, lord mayor of London, and his first cousin was ...

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Carroll, Charles [known as Charles Carroll of Carrollton] (1737–1832), planter and politician in the United States of America, was born on Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland, on 19 September 1737, the only child of Charles Carroll of Annapolis (1702–1782) and his common-law wife, ...

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Carter, Robert [called King Carter] (1663–1732), planter and politician in America, was born in Lancaster county in the Northern Neck of colonial Virginia. He was the son of Colonel John Carter (d. 1669), 'the emigrant', a prosperous planter, and his fourth wife, ...

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Edwards, Bryan (1743–1800), planter and politician, was born at Westbury, Wiltshire, on 21 May 1743, the eldest son of Bryan Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth Bayly. His father inherited a small estate of about £100 per annum which proved to be a scanty income for his large family. He undertook to augment his income by dealing in corn and malt, but with little success. He died in 1756, leaving his widow, ...

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Hamilton, James, first Viscount Claneboye (c. 1560–1644), planter in Ulster, was the eldest son of Hans Hamilton (1535/6–1608), vicar of Dunlop in the Cunningham district of Ayrshire, Scotland, and Jonet, daughter of James Denham, laird of West Shield, Ayrshire. He was probably educated at the ...

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Harrison, Benjamin (c. 1726–1791), planter and revolutionary politician in America, was probably born at Berkeley, the family residence, in Charles City county, Virginia, the oldest surviving son of Benjamin Harrison (1701–1744/5), a prosperous planter, and Anne Carter (b. c.1699), the daughter of ...

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Herbert [née Newport, second married name Lady Danvers], Magdalen (d. 1627), estate manager and patron, and mother to Edward Herbert, George Herbert, Henry Herbert and Thomas Herbert, was the daughter of Sir Richard Newport d. 1570 of High Ercell, Shropshire, and Lady ...

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Lee, Richard Henry (1733–1794), revolutionary politician and planter in America, was born on 20 January 1733 in Westmoreland county, Virginia, the fourth of eight surviving children of Thomas Lee (1690–1750) and Hannah (1701–1750), daughter of Philip Ludwell of Green Spring, Virginia, and his wife, ...

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Randolph, Peyton (1721/2–1775), planter and revolutionary politician in America, was probably born in Williamsburg, Virginia, the second of the three sons and one of the four children of Sir John Randolph (1693–1737), planter and speaker of the Virginia house of burgesses in 1734 and 1736, and ...

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Scott, Michael (1789–1835), planter in Jamaica and writer, was born on 28 October 1789 at Cowlairs, on the outskirts of Glasgow, the fifth and youngest son of Allan Scott, a Glasgow merchant, and owner of a small estate at Cowlairs, and his wife, ...