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Brydges, James, first duke of Chandos (1674–1744), politician and patron of music, was born at Dewsall, Herefordshire, on 6 January 1674, the eldest son of James Brydges, eighth Baron Chandos (1642–1714), who held estates in Herefordshire and Radnorshire, and Elizabeth Barnard (1643–1719), who came from a successful merchant family. Having inherited the attributes of both the landed gentry and of merchant bankers, the young ...

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Heath, Sir Edward Richard George [Ted] (1916–2005), prime minister, was born at 1 Holmwood Villas, Albion Road, Broadstairs, Kent, on 9 July 1916, the elder son of William George Heath (1888–1976), carpenter and builder, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Pantony (d...

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Montagu, John, fourth earl of Sandwich (1718–1792), politician and musical patron, was born in London on 13 November 1718, the eldest son of Edward Richard Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke (1692–1722), and his wife, Elizabeth Popham (d. 1761). His grandfather had been insane for some time before he died in 1729, leaving his ten-year-old grandson very little but the earldom. His widowed mother had already remarried and effectively abandoned her sons; ...

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Smyth, Dame Ethel Mary (1858–1944), composer, writer, and suffragist, was born on 22 April 1858 at 5 Lower Seymour Street, London, the fourth of the eight children of Major-General John Hall Smyth (1815–1894) and his wife, Emma, also known as Nina (1824?–1891), the daughter of ...