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Armour, Jean (1765–1834), wife of Robert Burns and subject of poetry, was born in Mauchline, Ayrshire, on 25 February 1765, the second of the eleven children of James Armour and his wife, Mary Smith. The family lived in Mauchline's Cowgate. James Armour was a master mason whose work included ...

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Belle [married name Davinier], Dido Elizabeth (1761?–1804), protégée of the first earl of Mansfield, was the illegitimate daughter of Sir John Lindsay (1737–1788), a captain in the Royal Navy. Her mother was a black slave of African origin, possibly called Belle...

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Boswell, Margaret Montgomerie [Peggie] (1738?–1789), wife of James Boswell, was born at Lainshaw, Ayrshire, the fourth of five children of David Montgomerie, formerly Laing (d. 1752), of co. Down, and Veronica Boswell (b. 1704, d. before 1753), daughter of James Boswell, ...

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Brawne [married name Lindon], Frances [Fanny] (1800–1865), fiancée of John Keats, was born on 9 August 1800 in the West End of London, the first of five children of Samuel Vernon Brawne (1778–1810), a businessman 'of no commercial reputation' (...

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Bridgeman [née Weld-Forester], Selina Louisa, countess of Bradford (1819–1894), correspondent of Benjamin Disraeli, was born in London on 17 February 1819, the seventh and youngest child of Cecil, first Baron Forester (1767–1828), MP and landowner, and his wife, née Lady Katherine Manners (1779–1829)...

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Brownell [married names Blair, Pitt-Rivers], Sonia Mary [known as Sonia Orwell] (1918–1980), literary editor, writer, and friend of artists and intellectuals, was born Sonia Mary Brownell on 25 August 1918 at Mesra Thaua, Ranchi, Bihar, India, the younger daughter of ...

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Churchill, Clementine Ogilvy Spencer- [née Clementine Ogilvy Hozier], Baroness Spencer-Churchill (1885–1977), political wife, was born at 75 Grosvenor Street, London, on 1 April 1885, and was assumed to be the second among the four children (three daughters, one son) of Colonel Henry Montague Hozier (1838–1907)...

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Cornforth [other married names Hughes, Schott], Fanny [née Sarah Cox] (1835–1909), artists' model and intimate companion of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, was born at Steyning, Sussex, on 3 January 1835, and baptized there on 1 February 1835, the daughter of William Cox (...

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Darwin, Anne Elizabeth [Annie] (1841–1851), daughter of Charles Darwin and subject of a memorial essay, was born on 2 March 1841 at 12 Upper Gower Street, London, the first daughter and second of the ten children of Charles Robert Darwin (1809–1882), naturalist, geologist, and originator of the theory of natural selection, and ...

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Disraeli [née Evans; other married name Lewis], Mary Anne, Viscountess Beaconsfield (1792–1872), political wife, was born in Exeter on 11 November 1792, the second surviving child and only daughter of John Evans (1760–1794), naval lieutenant, and his wife, Eleanor Viney (d...

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Douglas, Frances, Lady Douglas (1750–1817), friend of Sir Walter Scott and Lady Louisa Stuart, was born on 26 July 1750, the sixth and posthumous child of Francis Scott, earl of Dalkeith (1721–1750), eldest son of the duke of Buccleuch, and Lady Caroline Campbell (1717–1794)...

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Drew [née Gladstone], Mary (1847–1927), private secretary and author, was born at 13 Carlton House Terrace, London, on 23 November 1847, the third of the four daughters and fifth in the family of eight children of William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898), prime minister, and his wife, ...

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Dunlop [née Wallace], Frances Anna (1730–1815), letter writer and friend of Robert Burns, was born on 16 April 1730 at Craigie House, Wallacetown, near Ayr, the second child of Sir Thomas Wallace (1702–1770×77), advocate, of Craigie, and Lady Eleanora Agnew (1706–1761) of ...

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Faulkner, Charles Joseph (1833–1892), university teacher and associate of William Morris, was born in Birmingham on 6 November 1833, the second son of Benjamin Faulkner, maltster and brewer, and his wife, Ann, née Wight. He was educated at the Birmingham proprietary school and matriculated from ...

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Hastings, Marian [née Anna Maria Apollonia Chapuset; other married name Marian von Imhoff, Baroness von Imhoff] (1747–1837), wife of Warren Hastings, was, on the evidence of the act granting her British nationality in 1796, born in Nuremberg. No date is stated, but a secondary source indicates 2 February 1747. Her grandfather was ...

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Hatton, Denys George Finch- (1887–1931), settler in Kenya and lover of Karen Blixen, was born on 24 April 1887 at 22 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington, London, the younger son of Henry Stormont Finch-Hatton, thirteenth earl of Winchilsea (1852–1927) and Annie Jane (...

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Laidlaw, William (bap. 1779, d. 1845), friend of Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg, was born at Blackhouse farm in Yarrow, Selkirkshire, and baptized on 28 November 1779, the eldest of three sons of James Laidlaw, tenant of Blackhouse farm, and his wife, ...

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Nelson [née Woolward], Frances Herbert [Fanny], Viscountess Nelson (1761–1831), wife of Horatio Nelson, the daughter of William Woolward (d. 18 Feb 1779), the senior judge of the island of Nevis in the West Indies, and his wife, Mary, the sister of ...

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Palmer, (Beatrix) Maud [née Lady (Beatrix) Maud Gascoyne-Cecil], countess of Selborne (1858–1950), suffragist and political wife, was born on 11 April 1858 at 9 Park Crescent, Marylebone, London, the eldest of the five sons and three daughters of Lord Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, later ...

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Parnell [née Wood; other married name O'Shea], Katharine (1845–1921), political intermediary and wife of Charles Stewart Parnell, was born on 30 January 1845 at Glazenwood, Essex. She was the thirteenth child of Sir John Page Wood (1796–1866) [see under Wood, Sir Matthew...