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Alcock, Charles William (1842–1907), sports administrator and writer, was born on 2 December 1842 at 10 Norfolk Street, Sunderland, the second child of six sons and three daughters of Charles Alcock (d. 1881), a shipowner and later a shipbroker and insurance broker, and his wife, ...

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Apperley, Charles James [pseud. Nimrod] (1778–1843), writer on sport, was born on 22 July 1778 at Plasgronow, near Wrexham, Denbighshire, the second son and the fourth of eight children of Thomas Apperley (1730–1814) and his wife, Anne, daughter of the Welsh poet the ...

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Applebee, Constance Mary Katherine (1873–1981), promoter of women's field hockey, was born Katherine Mary at Chigwell Row, Chigwell, Essex, on 4 June 1873, the daughter of James Kay Applebee (1827–1903), a Unitarian minister and lecturer, and his second wife, Katherine Ann Applebee, née...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Julian Lock

Astley, Sir John Dugdale, third baronet (1828–1894), sportsman, a descendant of Thomas de Astley, who was slain at Evesham in 1265, and of Jacob Astley, Lord Astley, was the eldest son of Sir Francis Dugdale Astley, second baronet (1805–1873), of Everleigh, near Marlborough...

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Beckford, Peter (1739/40–1811), dog breeder and writer on hunting, was the son of Julines Beckford (1717?–1764) of Steepleton Iwerne, Dorset, and Elizabeth, daughter of Solomon Ashley or Ashby, of Northamptonshire. His grandfather was Peter Beckford (bap. 1643, d. 1710), sugar planter and lieutenant-governor of ...

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Bentinck, Lord (William) George Frederic Cavendish-Scott- [known as Lord George Bentinck] (1802–1848), politician and sportsman, was born on 27 February 1802 at Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire, the fifth child and second surviving son of William Henry Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, fourth duke of Portland (1768–1854), and his wife, ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Wray Vamplew

Blenkiron, William (1807?–1871), racehorse breeder, was born at Marrick, near Richmond, Yorkshire. His father was a Swaledale farmer but Blenkiron abandoned that pursuit and moved in 1834 to London, where he commenced business as a general agent in Wood Street, Cheapside. In 1845 he added a business manufacturing stocks and collars to his economic activities but three years later retired in favour of his son to devote his time to the breeding of racehorses....

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Brookes, William Penny (1809–1895), surgeon and campaigner for the revival of the Olympic games, was born on 13 August 1809 at 4 Wilmore Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, the first of the five children of William Brookes (1776–1830), doctor, and his wife, Mary Doughty (1786–1869)...

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Kenneth Mason

revised by Peter H. Hansen

Bruce, Charles Granville (1866–1939), army officer and mountaineer, was born in London on 7 April 1866, the youngest son of Henry Austin Bruce, first Baron Aberdare (1815–1895), politician, and his second wife, Nora Creina Blanche (d. 1897), youngest daughter of Lieutenant-General Sir William Napier...

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A. T. Quiller-Couch

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Butler, Arthur John (1844–1910), Italian scholar and mountaineer, born at Putney, Surrey, on 21 June 1844, was the eldest of the six children of William John Butler (1818–1894), at that time curate of Puttenham, near Guildford, Surrey, but best-known as the dean of ...

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Butler, Guy Montagu (1899–1981), athlete, was born at Church Hill, Harrow, Middlesex, on 25 August 1899, the only son of Edward Montagu Butler (1866–1948), assistant master at Harrow School, and his wife, Gertrude Mary, née Fair (d. 1945). He was born into a family with sporting prowess: his father won blues for cricket and athletics at ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Julian Lock

Caunt, Benjamin (1814–1861), pugilist, was born in the village of Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire, on 22 March 1814 (some sources give 1815), the son of Robert Caunt, a labourer, and his wife, Martha. He was baptized on 15 May 1814. His father, a tenant of ...

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Cecil [née Hill], Mary Amelia [Emily Mary], marchioness of Salisbury (1750–1835), political hostess and sportswoman, was born and baptized in Dublin on 16 August 1750, the eldest daughter of Wills Hill, second Viscount Hillsborough and successively later first earl of Hillsborough and first marquess of Downshire...

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Chaplin, Henry, first Viscount Chaplin (1840–1923), politician and sportsman, was born on 22 December 1840 at Ryhall, near Stamford, the third child but the eldest surviving son of the Revd Henry Chaplin (1789–1849), vicar of Ryhall, and his wife, Caroline (d. 1858)...

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Chapman, Frederick Spencer (1907–1971), explorer and mountaineer, was born on 10 May 1907 at Kensington, London, the younger son and younger child of Frank Spencer Chapman, solicitor, of Oakwood Court, Kensington, and his wife, Winifred Ormond, who died within a month of the birth. She was the daughter of ...

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Conway, (William) Martin, Baron Conway of Allington (1856–1937), art historian and mountaineer, was born on 12 April 1856 at Rochester, Kent, the only son of William Conway, a low-church evangelical vicar of St Nicholas's Church, Rochester, afterwards rector of St Margaret's Church, Westminster...

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Cowdrey, (Michael) Colin, Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge (1932–2000), cricketer, was born on 24 December 1932 at Putumala, near Ootacamund in southern India, the only child of Ernest Arthur Cowdrey, a tea planter, and his wife, Kathleen Mary (Molly) Taylor. Accorded the initials M. C. C....

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G. C. Boase

revised by Julian Lock

Cribb, Tom (1781–1848), pugilist, was born at Hanham in the parish of Bitton, Gloucestershire, on 8 July 1781, the son of Thomas and Hannah Cribb (he had three brothers and three sisters). He moved to London at the age of thirteen and worked as a bellhanger, then became a porter at the public wharves, and was afterwards a sailor. From the fact of his having worked as a coal porter he became known as the ...

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Cruft, Charles Alfred (1852–1938), founder of Crufts Dog Show, was born on 28 June 1852, the son of Charles Cruft, jeweller and goldsmith of Hunter Street, Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London. He was educated at Ardingly College, Sussex, one of the Church of England...

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...