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Anson [née Yorke], Elizabeth, Lady Anson (1725–1760), political correspondent and political manager, was born in August 1725, the sixth child and eldest daughter of Philip Yorke, subsequently first Baron and first earl of Hardwicke (1690–1764), lord chancellor, and his wife, Margaret Lygon (...

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Ashley, (Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne (1836–1907), politician and biographer, born in London on 24 July 1836, was the fourth son of Anthony Ashley Cooper, seventh earl of Shaftesbury (1801–1885), politician and social reformer, and his wife, Emily (1810–1872), daughter of Peter Leopold Cowper, fifth Earl Cowper...

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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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Blair, Eric Arthur [pseud. George Orwell] (1903–1950), political writer and essayist, was born in Motihari, Bengal, India, on 25 June 1903, the only son of Richard Walmesley Blair (1857–1938), a sub-deputy opium agent in the government of Bengal, and his wife, Ida Mabel Limouzin (1875–1943)...

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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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Carleton, Dudley, Viscount Dorchester (1574–1632), diplomat and letter writer, was born on 10 March 1574, the second son of Antony Carleton of Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire, and his second wife, Jocosa, daughter of John Goodwin of Winchendon, Buckinghamshire. Educated first at Westminster School under ...

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Creighton [née von Glehn], Louise Hume (1850–1936), social activist and writer of popular history and biography, was born on 7 July 1850 at Peak Hill Lodge, Sydenham, on the outskirts of London, tenth child of Robert William von Glehn (1801–1885) and Agnes Duncan (...

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Gower, (Edward) Frederick Leveson- (1819–1907), politician and autobiographer, the third son of Granville Leveson-Gower, first Earl Granville (1773–1846), diplomat, and his wife, Lady Henrietta, or Harriet, Cavendish (1785–1862) [see Gower, Henrietta Elizabeth Leveson-], daughter of the fifth duke of Devonshire, was born on 3 May 1819. He was always called by his second forename and usually ...

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Greville, Charles Cavendish Fulke (1794–1865), political and social diarist, was born on 2 April 1794. His father, Charles Greville, MP for Petersfield and under-secretary of state in the Home department, was a grandson of the fifth Baron Brooke of Beauchamps Court. His mother, ...

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Hamilton, Sir Edward Walter [Eddy] (1847–1908), civil servant and diarist, universally known as Eddy, was born on 7 July 1847 at Salisbury, the eldest son of Walter Kerr Hamilton (1808–1869), bishop of Salisbury, and Isabel Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Lear, dean of Salisbury...

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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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Lockhart, George, of Carnwath (1681?–1731), Jacobite politician and memoirist, was the elder of two children of Sir George Lockhart of Carnwath (c. 1630–1689), lord president of the court of session, and his second wife, Philadelphia (b. 1655, d. in or after 1717)...

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Munby, Arthur Joseph (1828–1910), diarist and civil servant, was born in York on 19 August 1828, the eldest of the six sons and one daughter of Joseph Munby (1804–1875), a solicitor, and his wife, Caroline Eleanor, née Forth. He was educated at St Peter's School, York...

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Parker, Charles Stuart (1829–1910), politician and biographer, born at Aigburth, Liverpool, on 1 June 1829, was the eldest son of Charles Stewart Parker of Fairlie, Ayrshire, a partner in the prosperous Liverpool firm of Sandbach, Tinne & Co., merchants for the West Indies...

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Pepys, Samuel (1633–1703), naval official and diarist, was born at the family home, Salisbury Court, Fleet Street, London, on 23 February 1633, the second son of John Pepys (1601–1680), tailor, and his wife, Margaret, née Kite (d. 1667), daughter of a Whitechapel...

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Perceval, John, first earl of Egmont (1683–1748), politician and diarist, was born at Burton, co. Cork, on 12 July 1683, the second son of Sir John Perceval, third baronet (d. 1686), and his wife, Catherine (d. 1692), the fourth daughter of ...

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Pynchon, William (1590–1662), public official and pamphleteer in America, was born on 26 December 1590 at Springfield, Essex, the son of John Pynchon (d. 1610) and Frances Brett (bap. 1590). As the child of a wealthy gentry family he was taught Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, but there is no evidence that he attended university. In 1624 he married ...

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Sisson, Charles Hubert (1914–2003), poet, essayist, and civil servant, was born on 22 April 1914 at 468 Stapleton Road, Bristol, the third of four children of Richard Percy Sisson and his wife, Ellen Minnie, née Worlock. His father, who came from Kendal in ...

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Stanley, Edward Henry, fifteenth earl of Derby (1826–1893), politician and diarist, was born on 21 July 1826 at Knowsley, the family seat in Lancashire, the eldest son of Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley (1799–1869), from 1851 the fourteenth earl of Derby, and his wife, ...

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Tennyson, Hallam, second Baron Tennyson (1852–1928), biographer and governor-general of Australia, was born on 11 August 1852 at Twickenham, Middlesex, eldest son of the poet laureate, Alfred Tennyson, first Baron Tennyson (1809–1892), and his wife, Emily Sarah, née Sellwood (1813–1896). The Tennysons were a close family and, as boys, ...