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Arundell, Henry, third Baron Arundell of Wardour (bap. 1608, d. 1694), royalist army officer and politician, was baptized on 23 February 1608 at St Andrew's, Holborn, London. He was the only son of Thomas Arundell, second Baron Arundell of Wardour (c. 1586–1643) [...

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Ball, John (1818–1889), glaciologist and politician, was born in Dublin on 20 August 1818, the eldest child of Nicholas Ball (1791–1865), judge and politician, and his wife, Jane (née Sherlock) of Butlerstown Castle in co. Waterford. Until the age of eleven he received little formal education, but from his earliest years he displayed a precocious interest in science. In his seventh year he was taken to ...

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Bennet, Henry, first earl of Arlington (bap. 1618, d. 1685), politician, was baptized at Little Saxham, Suffolk, on 6 September 1618, the second son of Sir John Bennet (1589–1658), landowner, of Dawley, Harlington, Middlesex, and Dorothy, daughter of Sir John Crofts of Little Saxham...

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Biggar, Joseph Gillis (1828–1890), politician, born in Belfast on 1 August 1828, was the eldest son of Joseph Biggar, merchant and chairman of the Ulster Bank, and Isabella, daughter of William Houston of Ballyearl, co. Antrim. He was educated at Belfast Royal Academy...

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Bland, Hubert (1855–1914), journalist and politician, was born on 3 January 1855 at 22 Wood Street, Woolwich, where his paternal grandfather had been a plumber and his maternal grandfather kept a public house. Hubert was the youngest of the four children of Henry Bland...

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Bowyer, Sir George, seventh baronet (1811–1883), jurist and politician, was born on 8 October 1811 at Radley Park, near Abingdon, Berkshire, the eldest son of Sir George Bowyer, sixth baronet (1783–1860), of Denham Court, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, Anne Hammond, daughter of Captain Sir Andrew Snape Douglas RN...

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Bracken, Brendan Rendall, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958), politician and publisher, was born on 15 February 1901 at Church Street, Templemore, co. Tipperary, the second son and third of the four children of Joseph Kevin Bracken (1852–1904), builder and monumental mason, and his second wife, ...

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Brown, George Alfred, Baron George-Brown (1914–1985), politician, was born on 2 September 1914 at Flat 22, I Block, Peabody Buildings, Duke Street, Lambeth, London, the elder son of the four children of George Brown, a grocer's packer who later worked as a driver, and his wife, ...

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Burke [de Burgh], Ulick, marquess of Clanricarde (1604–1658), landowner and politician, was the only son of Richard de Burgh, fourth earl of Clanricarde (1572–1635), and his wife, Frances (d. 1632), daughter and heir of Sir Francis Walsingham and widow of Sir Philip Sidney...

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Campbell, Archibald, seventh earl of Argyll (1575/6–1638), magnate and politician, was the elder surviving son of Colin Campbell, sixth earl of Argyll (c. 1542–1584), and his second wife, Lady Annas or Agnes Keith (c. 1540–1588), eldest daughter of William Keith, fourth Earl Marischal...

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Carter, Denis Victor, Baron Carter (1932–2006), farmer and politician, was born on 17 January 1932 at 39 Hayles Street, Southwark, London, the son of Albert William Carter (d. 1973), tea warehouseman, and his wife, Annie Julia, née Tynan (d. 1972). The family later moved to ...

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Clark, Alan Kenneth (1928–1999), politician and diarist, was born on 13 April 1928 at 55 Lancaster Gate, London, the elder son in the family of two sons and one daughter of Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, Baron Clark (1903–1983), art historian, and his wife, Elizabeth Winifred (Jane; ...

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Clifford, Thomas, first Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1630–1673), politician, was born at Ugbrooke Park, Devon, on 1 August 1630, and baptized at the nearby parish church of Chudleigh on 12 August. He was the second child and eldest son of Hugh Clifford, a relatively obscure minor gentleman who led a cadet branch of the great medieval house of ...

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Collins, Patrick (1859–1943), showman and politician, was born on 12 May 1859 at 58 Broughton, Chester, the son of John Collins, agricultural labourer (later, general dealer), and his wife, Annoia McDermott. One of five children, he attended St Wedburgh's School in Chester, but left at the age of ten and travelled ...

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Constantine, Learie Nicholas, Baron Constantine (1901–1971), cricketer and politician, was born on 21 September 1901 at Petit Valley, Diego Martin, near Maraval, Trinidad, the second child and eldest son of Lebrun Samuel Constantine (1874–1942), cricketer and cocoa estate overseer, and his wife, Anaise Pascall...

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Cottington, Francis, first Baron Cottington (1579?–1652), diplomat and politician, was baptized at Pitcombe, Somerset, the third son of Philip Cottington (d. in or after 1611) of Godminster, near Pitcombe, and his wife, Jane, daughter of Thomas Biflete, also of Somerset. The ...

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Cullen [née McLoughlin; other married name Reynolds], Alice (1891–1969), politician, was born probably in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, on 18 March 1891, the daughter of John McLoughlin, railway platelayer, and his wife, Bridget McKay. Throughout her political career she remained reticent about her background and early life, though in a posthumous tribute reference was made to her roots in west of ...

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Curran, Peter Francis [formerly Patrick Francis] (1860–1910), trade unionist and politician, was born in Glasgow on 28 March 1860, the son of George Curran, a causey layer, and his wife, Bridget, née McGinty. He was named Patrick by his parents who were Irish Catholics, but became known as ...

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Daunt, William Joseph O'Neill [pseud. Denis Ignatius Moriarty] (1807–1894), politician and author, was born at Tullamore, King's county, Ireland, on 28 April 1807, the oldest of five children of Joseph Daunt (1779–1826) of Kilcascan, co. Cork, landowner and militia captain, and his first wife, ...

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Digby, George, second earl of Bristol (1612–1677), politician, was the eldest known son of John Digby, first earl of Bristol (1580–1653), and his wife, Beatrice or Beatrix (1574?–1658), daughter of Charles Walcot of Walcot, Shropshire, and widow of Sir John Dyve of Bromham, Bedfordshire...