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Abbot, Charles, first Baron Colchester (1757–1829), speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 14 October 1757 at Abingdon, Berkshire, the son of the Revd John Abbot (d. 1760), a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and rector of All Saints, Colchester...

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Addington, Henry, first Viscount Sidmouth (1757–1844), prime minister, was born on 30 May 1757, the fourth child and eldest son of Anthony Addington (1713–1790), physician, and his wife, Mary (d. 1778), daughter and heir of the Revd Haviland John Hiley, headmaster of ...

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Boyle, Henry, first earl of Shannon (1681x7–1764), speaker of the Irish House of Commons, was born in Castlemartyr, co. Cork, Ireland, the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Boyle (c.1650–1693) of Castlemartyr and Mary O'Brien, daughter of Murrough O'Brien, first earl of Inchiquin...

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Brand, Henry Bouverie William, first Viscount Hampden (1814–1892), politician and speaker of the House of Commons, born on 24 December 1814, was the second son of Henry Otway Brand, twenty-first Baron Dacre, and his wife, Pyne, second daughter of the Hon. and Very Revd Maurice Crosbie...

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Compton, Spencer, earl of Wilmington (c. 1674–1743), prime minister, was the sixth son of James Compton, third earl of Northampton (1622–1681), his third son with his second wife, Mary (d. 1719), the eldest daughter of Baptist Noel, third Viscount Campden. He was educated at ...

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Conolly, William (1662–1729), speaker of the Irish House of Commons, was born in Ballyshannon, co. Donegal, Ireland, the eldest of the three children of Patrick Conolly and his wife, Jane, and brother of Patrick and Jane. Tradition has it that Conolly's father was either a publican or a blacksmith. This is unlikely, however, since ...

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Croke, Sir John (1553x6–1620), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, was the eldest son of Sir John Croke (d. 1608) of Chilton, Buckinghamshire, and Elizabeth (d. 1611), daughter of Sir Alexander Unton of Chequers in the same county, and grandson of ...

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Denison, (John) Evelyn, Viscount Ossington (1800–1873), speaker of the House of Commons, was the eldest of the nine sons of John Denison MP (1758?–1820), of Ossington Hall, Nottinghamshire, and his second wife, Charlotte, daughter of Samuel Estwick MP. One of his sisters, Lucy...

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Finch, Sir Heneage (1580–1631), speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 15 December 1580 at The Mote, near Canterbury, Kent, the fifth but fourth surviving son of Sir Moyle Finch (c.1550–1614) of Eastwell in Kent and Elizabeth (1556–1634), daughter and heir of the Elizabethan chancellor of the ...

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Finch, John, Baron Finch of Fordwich (1584–1660), speaker of the House of Commons and judge, was born on 17 September 1584 at Hoath Farm, Moat, Kent, the son of Sir Henry Finch (c. 1558–1625), lawyer, and his wife, Ursula, daughter of John Thwaites...

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Gargrave, Sir Thomas (1494/5–1579), administrator and speaker of the House of Commons, was born in 1494 or 1495 in Wakefield, the son of Thomas Gargrave and Elizabeth, daughter of William Levett of Normanton. He received a legal education at either Gray's Inn or the ...

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Grenville, William Wyndham, Baron Grenville (1759–1834), prime minister, was born on 24 October 1759 at Wotton House, Buckinghamshire, the fifth of seven children and the youngest son of George Grenville (1712–1770), prime minister, and Elizabeth Wyndham (1720–1769), daughter of Sir William Wyndham, third baronet...

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Grimston, Sir Harbottle, second baronet (1603–1685), barrister and politician, was the second son of Sir Harbottle Grimston, first baronet (d. 1648), of Bradfield Hall, Essex, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Ralph Coppinger of Stoke, Kent. Born on 27 January 1603 at his grandfather's house at ...

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Hanmer, Sir Thomas, fourth baronet (1677–1746), speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 24 September 1677 at Bettisfield Park, Hanmer, Flintshire, the only son of William Hanmer (d. 1695) and his wife, Peregrina North, and the grandson of Sir Thomas Hanmer, ...

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Harley, Robert, first earl of Oxford and Mortimer (1661–1724), politician, was born on 5 December 1661 in Bow Street, London, and baptized on the following day at St Paul's, Covent Garden. He was the eldest son of Sir Edward Harley (1624–1700) of Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire...

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Lefevre, Charles Shaw-, Viscount Eversley (1794–1888), speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 22 February 1794 in Bedford Square, London. He was the eldest son of Charles Shaw, a barrister, of a Yorkshire family, and MP for Reading from 1802 to 1820, and his wife, ...

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Lenthall, William, appointed Lord Lenthall under the protectorate (1591–1662), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was born in June 1591 at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, the second son of William Lenthall (d. 1596) and Frances Southwell.

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Lloyd, (John) Selwyn Brooke, Baron Selwyn-Lloyd (1904–1978), speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 28 July 1904 at Red Bank, West Kirby, Wirral, the third of four children, and only son, of John Wesley (Jack) Lloyd (1865–1954), a doctor and dentist of ...

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Lowther, James William, first Viscount Ullswater (1855–1949), speaker of the House of Commons, was born at 56 Park Street, Oxford Street, London, on 1 April 1855, the son of William Lowther (1821–1912), a diplomatist and MP, and his wife, Charlotte Alice (d...

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Mitford, John Freeman-, first Baron Redesdale (1748–1830), lord chancellor of Ireland and speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 18 August 1748 in the parish of St Andrew, Holborn, London, the younger son of John Mitford (d. 1761), barrister, of ...