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Astor, William Waldorf, first Viscount Astor (1848–1919), property owner and newspaper proprietor, was born on 31 March 1848 in New York, the only child of John Jacob Astor (1822–1890), manager of the family estate, and his wife, Charlotte Augusta Gibbes (1825–1887). He was educated privately and at ...

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Blackmore, Richard Doddridge (1825–1900), novelist and fruit farmer, was born on 7 June 1825, at the vicarage, Longworth, Berkshire, the third but second surviving son of the Revd John Blackmore (1794–1858) and his first wife, Anne Basset Knight (1794–1825). Anne was the eldest daughter of the ...

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Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen (1840–1922), hedonist, poet, and breeder of Arab horses, was born at Petworth House, Sussex, on 17 August 1840, the second son of the three children of Francis Scawen Blunt (1790–1842) of Crabbet Park, Poundhill, and Newbuildings Place, Southwater, Sussex, and his wife, ...

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Byrd, William (1674–1744), landowner and diarist, was born on 28 March 1674 near the fall line of the James River, Virginia, the first of five children of William Byrd (1652–1704), colonial officer and planter, and Mary Horsmanden Filmer (1650–1699), a well-connected widow and daughter of ...

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Clare, John (1793–1864), poet, farm labourer, and naturalist, was born on 13 July 1793 in West Street, Helpston, Northamptonshire, the son of Parker Clare (1765–1846), a thresher and local wrestler, known as 'the lame man of Helpstone', and his wife, Ann (1757–1835)...

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Hibberd, (James) Shirley (1825–1890), journalist and writer on horticulture, was the son of a retired sea captain who had served under Nelson. He was born in the parish of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, and following the early death of his father gave up his wish for a medical career in order to be apprenticed to a ...

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Lloyd, Christopher [Christo] (1921–2006), gardener and author, was born on 2 March 1921 at Great Dixter, Northiam, Sussex, the fifth son and sixth child of Nathaniel Lloyd (1867–1933), printer, architect, and architectural historian, and his wife, Daisy, née Field (1881–1972). His father had been a successful printer and in 1909 sold his share of ...

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Luttrell, Sir Geoffrey (1276–1345), landowner and patron of the Luttrell psalter, lord of Irnham, Lincolnshire, was the son of Sir Robert Luttrell of Irnham (c.1255–1297) and his wife, Joan. Her parentage is unknown; she was still living in June 1320. Luttrell...

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Millar, George Reid (1910–2005), special operations officer, author, and farmer, was born on 19 September 1910 at Boghall, Baldernock, Stirlingshire, the younger son (there was no daughter) of Thomas Andrew Millar (d. 1921/2), architect, and his wife, Mary Reid, née Morton (...

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Paston [née Knyvett], Katherine, Lady Paston (bap. 1578, d. 1629), estate manager and letter writer, was baptized on 22 June 1578 at Ashwellthorpe in north Norfolk, one of six surviving children of Sir Thomas Knyvett (d. 1618) and his wife, Muriel (...

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Prothero, Rowland Edmund, first Baron Ernle (1851–1937), author, land agent, and politician, was the third son of Canon George Prothero and Emma, daughter of the Revd William Money Kyrle of Homme House, Herefordshire; he was born at Clifton upon Teme, Worcestershire, on 6 September 1851. His father was the rector of ...

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Robinson, William (1838–1935), horticulturist and publisher, was born on 15 July 1838 in Ireland, the son of William Robinson and his wife, Catherine, née Farrell (c.1818–1892). While reticent about his origins, Robinson did acknowledge that he came from Ireland: he 'kept an affection for his native land, but seldom came back to ...

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Russell, George William [pseud. A. E.] (1867–1935), journalist, poet, and agricultural economist, was born on 10 April 1867 at William Street, in the Ulster town of Lurgan, the youngest of three children of Thomas Elias Russell (1822?–1900), a bookkeeper employed by Bell & Co....

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Sinclair, Sir John, first baronet (1754–1835), agricultural improver, politician, and codifier of ‘useful knowledge’, was born at Thurso Castle, Caithness, on 10 May 1754, the third but only surviving son of George Sinclair (d. 1770) of Ulbster and his wife, Lady Janet Sutherland (1720–1795)...

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West, Victoria Mary [Vita] Sackville- (1892–1962), writer and gardener, was born on 9 March 1892 at Knole near Sevenoaks, Kent, the only child of Lionel Edward Sackville-West (1867–1928), and his wife and first cousin, Victoria Josefa Dolores Catalina Sackville-West (1862–1936), society hostess, the illegitimate daughter of ...