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Abell, William (b. c. 1584, d. in or after 1655), vintner and local politician, was the son of Thomas Abell of Oundle, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Suzanna Barker. He was probably born at Oundle, where his grandfather William Abell had endowed Oundle School...

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Aston, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1600–1646), apologist of the Church of England and local politician, was born on 29 September 1600 at Aston near Runcorn, Cheshire, the eldest son of John Aston (d. 1615) and his wife, Maude Needham. The Aston family had a long history of service to the crown and ...

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Christian, William [called Illiam Dhône] (1608–1663), political leader in the Isle of Man, was born on 14 April 1608, the fifth of the seven children of Ewan Christian (1579–1655) of Milntown, Lezayre, one of the island's two deemsters or judges, and his wife, a member of the ...

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Hooker [Vowell], John (c. 1527–1601), antiquary and civic administrator, was born at Bourbridge Hall, Exeter, the second son of Robert Vowell or Hooker of Exeter (b. in or before 1466, d. 1537) and his third wife, Agnes Doble (1502?–1537) of Woodbridge, Suffolk...

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Howe, (Mary Sophia) Charlotte [née Sophia Charlotte Mary von Kielmansegg], Viscountess Howe (1703–1782), politician, was born on 23 September 1703 ns, probably in Hanover. She was the eldest daughter and second child of Sophia Charlotte von Kielmansegg, later countess of Darlington and Leinster...

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Lowther, Sir John, of Lowther, first baronet (1606–1675), landowner and local politician, was born on 20 February 1606, probably at Rydal Hall, Westmorland, and baptized on 27 February, the eldest of five children of Sir John Lowther (1582–1637) of Lowther, and of his wife, ...

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Manners [née Somerset], Mary Isabella, duchess of Rutland (1756–1831), politician and society hostess, was born on 1 August 1756, the fifth and youngest daughter of Charles Noel Somerset, fourth duke of Beaufort (1709–1756) [see under Somerset, Henry, second duke of Beaufort...

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Nelson, Edward Theophilus (1874–1940), barrister and local politician, was born on 22 October 1874 in Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana, the first son of Philip Nelson, a builder. Details of his mother are not known. Edward Nelson was of African descent, whose antecedents in the British colony had been freed from slavery in 1838, but not from the struggle for economic and social improvement. Progress was difficult, but the development of elementary schools and compulsory education from 1876 was beneficial to some. The cost of fees for secondary schooling was prohibitive for most Guianese, but by the 1880s a few scholarships for the most gifted pupils were available. In 1894 the first Guianese of African descent won a scholarship to attend a British university, despite the objections of the local sugar planters who dominated the colony. ...

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Smith, Rupert Alexander Alec- (1913–1983), architectural conservationist and local politician, was born on 5 September 1913 at Elloughton, near Hull, the only son and elder of the two children of Alexander Smith (1877–1952), timber merchant, and his wife, Lucy Adelaide, née Horsley (1879–1957)...