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Alexander, William, first earl of Stirling (1577–1640), poet and politician, was born probably at Menstrie Castle in Clackmannanshire, the only son (there were four daughters) of Alexander Alexander (d. 1581) and Marion, daughter of Gilbert Graham of Gartavertane. His descent has been traced from the lords of the ...

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Arnold, Matthew (1822–1888), poet, writer, and inspector of schools, was born at Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex, on 24 December 1822, the eldest son and second of the nine surviving children of the Revd Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) and Mary Penrose Arnold (1791–1873). Thomas Arnold had been a fellow of ...

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Baxter, James Keir (1926–1972), poet and publicist, was born on 29 June 1926 at 97 Elm Row, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, the son of Archibald McColl Learmond Baxter (1881–1970), a small farmer descended from immigrant Scottish highlanders, and his wife, Millicent Amiel Macmillan Brown (1888–1984)...

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Burges [later Lamb], Sir James Bland, first baronet (1752–1824), politician and poet, was born on 8 June 1752 in Gibraltar, where his father, George Burges (1725–1786), was deputy paymaster; his mother was Anne Whichnor Somerville, eldest daughter of the twelfth Baron Somerville...

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Canning, George (1770–1827), prime minister and parodist, was born in Marylebone, Middlesex, on 11 April 1770, the son of George Canning (1736–1771) and his wife, Mary Ann Costello (1747?–1827). His parents were both Irish; he described himself as 'an Irishman born in ...

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Doyle, Sir Francis Hastings Charles, second baronet (1810–1888), poet and civil servant, the only son of Major-General Sir Francis Hastings Doyle, first baronet (1783–1839), and Diana Elizabeth (d. 1828), eldest daughter of Sir William Milner, was born at the house of his grandfather ...

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Egerton [formerly Leveson-Gower], Francis, first earl of Ellesmere (1800–1857), politician and poet, was born at 21 Arlington Street, Piccadilly, London, on 1 January 1800. He was the younger son of George Granville Leveson-Gower, second marquess of Stafford (1758–1833), politician and art patron, who was created ...

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Fitzpatrick, Richard (1748–1813), army officer, politician, and poet, was born on 24 January 1748, the second son of John Fitzpatrick, second Baron Gowran in the peerage of Ireland (1719–1758) who was created earl of Upper Ossory in 1751, and his wife, Evelyn (1725–1763)...

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Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer-, first earl of Lytton [pseud. Owen Meredith] (1831–1891), viceroy of India and poet, was the only son of Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer Lytton, first Baron Lytton (1803–1873), and his wife, Rosina, née Wheeler (1802–1882) [see Lytton, Rosina Anne Doyle Bulwer...

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Marvell, Andrew (1621–1678), poet and politician, was born on 31 March 1621, 'being Easter-even', in the rectory at Winestead, in the Holderness region of the East Riding of Yorkshire, and baptized in the church of St German there on 5 April. He was the fourth child and elder son of the ...

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Nugent, Robert Craggs, Earl Nugent (1709–1788), politician and poet, was born Robert Nugent, the only surviving son of Michael Nugent (d. 1739), landowner, of Carlanstown, co. Meath, and his wife, Mary, youngest daughter of Robert Barnewall, styled ninth Baron Trimleston of Ireland...

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Parnell, Fanny Isabel (1848–1882), Irish nationalist and poet, was born on 4 September 1848 at Avondale, co. Wicklow, the eighth child and fourth daughter of John Henry Parnell (1811–1859) and his wife, Delia Tudor Stewart (1816–1896), daughter of Commodore Charles Stewart of the ...

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Praed, Winthrop Mackworth (1802–1839), poet and politician, was born on 26 June 1802 at 35 John Street, Bedford Row, London, the fourth of the five children of William Mackworth Praed (1756–1835), serjeant-at-law and long-time chairman of the Audit Office, and his wife, Elizabeth (1767–1810)...

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Prior, Matthew (1664–1721), poet and diplomat, was born in Stephen's Alley, Westminster, on either 21 or 23 July 1664, the son of Elizabeth (probably née Pennefather) and George Prior (d. c.1675), a London joiner. The fifth of six children, he was the only one to survive early childhood....

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Sackville, Charles, sixth earl of Dorset and first earl of Middlesex (1643–1706), poet and politician, was born on 24 January 1643, probably at Copt Hall in Essex, the second of thirteen children of Richard Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, later fifth earl of Dorset (1622–1677)...

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Sackville, Thomas, first Baron Buckhurst and first earl of Dorset (c. 1536–1608), poet and administrator, was the son of Sir Richard Sackville (d. 1566), MP, privy councillor, chancellor of the court of augmentations (1548–54), and under-treasurer of the exchequer from 1559 to 1566 (and a first cousin of ...

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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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Taylor, Sir Henry (1800–1886), poet and public servant, was born on 18 October 1800 at Bishop Middleham, co. Durham, the youngest of three sons of George Taylor (1772–1851), gentleman farmer and classicist, and his first wife, Eleanor Ashworth (d. 1801?), the daughter of a ...

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Tickell, Thomas (1685–1740), poet and government official, was the son of the Revd Richard Tickell (c.1648–1692), rector of Distington, Cumberland, and his wife, Margaret, née Gale (d. 1729). Thomas, who was sixth child and fourth son in a family of eight, was born on 17 December 1685 and baptized on 19 January 1686 at ...

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Waller, Edmund (1606–1687), poet and politician, was born on 3 March 1606 at Stocks Place, Coleshill, Hertfordshire, and baptized on 9 March 1606 at Amersham, Buckinghamshire, the eldest son of Robert Waller (1560–1616) and his wife, Anne (1581–1653), daughter of Griffith Hampden. His father, originally a barrister, retired to the care of his extensive estates in ...