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Asquith [née Tennant], Margaret Emma Alice [Margot], countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945), political hostess and diarist, was born on 2 February 1864, the sixth daughter and eleventh child of Sir Charles Tennant, first baronet (1823–1906), wealthy Scottish industrialist and Liberal MP, and his first wife, ...

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Cavendish [née Spencer], Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1806), political hostess, was born in Wimbledon, Surrey, on 7 June 1757, the eldest daughter of John Spencer, first Earl Spencer (1734–1783), and his wife, Margaret Georgiana Spencer (née Poyntz) (1737–1814). Four more siblings followed, of whom two survived: ...

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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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Fitzgerald [née Lennox; other married name Ogilvie], Emilia Mary [Emily], duchess of Leinster (1731–1814), political hostess, was born on 6 October 1731, the second of the seven surviving children of Charles Lennox, second duke of Richmond and Lennox (1701–1750), and his wife, ...

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Fortescue, Frances Elizabeth Anne Parkinson- [née Frances Elizabeth Anne Braham; other married name Frances Elizabeth Anne Waldegrave, Countess Waldegrave] (1821–1879), political hostess, was born on 4 January 1821 at 3 Tavistock Square, London, the third child and eldest daughter of John Braham (1777?–1856)...

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Gordon [née Maxwell], Jane, duchess of Gordon (1748/9–1812), political hostess and agricultural reformer, was born at Hyndford's Close, Edinburgh, the third of the four children of Sir William Maxwell of Monreith, Wigtownshire, third baronet, (c.1712–1771), and his wife, Magdalene, daughter of ...

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Jebb [née Noble], Cynthia, Lady Gladwyn (1898–1990), political hostess and diarist, was born on 20 November 1898 at The Grove, Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne, the younger daughter and youngest of the four children of Sir Saxton William Armstrong Noble, third baronet...

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Lamb [née Milbanke], Elizabeth, Viscountess Melbourne (bap. 1751, d. 1818), political hostess and agricultural improver, was baptized on 15 October 1751 at Croft-on-Tees, Yorkshire, the only daughter of Sir Ralph Milbanke, fifth baronet (1721?–1798), of Halnaby Hall, Yorkshire, landowner and politician, and 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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Stanley [née Sackville-West], Mary Catherine, countess of Derby [other married name Mary Catherine Gascoyne-Cecil, marchioness of Salisbury] (1824–1900), grande dame and politician manqué, was born, probably at Bourn, Cambridgeshire, on 23 July 1824, sixth of the nine children of George Sackville-West, ...

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Stewart, Edith Helen Vane-Tempest- [née Edith Helen Chaplin], marchioness of Londonderry (1878–1959), political hostess and writer, was born on 3 December 1878 at Blankney House in Lincolnshire, the second of three children of Henry Chaplin, later first Viscount Chaplin (1840–1923), and his wife, ...

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Temple [née Lamb], Emily Mary [Amelia], Viscountess Palmerston (1787–1869), political hostess, was born on 21 April 1787, the fifth surviving child of Elizabeth Lamb, née Milbanke, Viscountess Melbourne (bap. 1751, d. 1818). She was ostensibly and legally the child of Peniston Lamb, ...

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Villiers, Margaret Elizabeth Child- [née Margaret Elizabeth Leigh], countess of Jersey (1849–1945), political hostess and philanthropist, was born on 29 October 1849 at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, the eldest daughter of William Henry Leigh, second Baron Leigh (1824–1905) and his wife, Lady Caroline Amelia Grosvenor (...

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Villiers, Sarah Sophia Child- [née Lady Sarah Sophia Fane], countess of Jersey (1785–1867), political hostess, was born on 4 March 1785, the second child and eldest of the three daughters of John Fane, tenth earl of Westmorland (1759–1841), and his first wife, ...