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Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess Astor (1879–1964) by George Charles Beresford, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Astor [née Langhorne], Nancy Witcher, Viscountess Astor (1879–1964), society hostess and politician, was born at Danville, Virginia, on 19 May 1879, the eighth child in a family of eleven. Her father, Chiswell Dabney Langhorne (1843–1919), a veteran of the American Civil War, had made his fortune in railway construction and bought an estate at ...

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Francis Dashwood, eleventh Baron Le Despencer (1708–1781) by Nathaniel Dance, 1776 The Dashwood Heirloom Collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Dashwood, Francis, eleventh Baron Le Despencer (1708–1781), politician and rake, born in Great Marlborough Street, London, in December 1708, and baptized at St Botolph without Bishopsgate on 23 December 1708, was the only son of Sir Francis Dashwood, first baronet (c. 1658–1724), merchant and MP, of ...

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Earle, Giles (c. 1678–1758), politician and wit, was born about 1678 at the family residence, Eastcourt House, Crudwell, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire, the sixth son of Sir Thomas Earle MP, a merchant and mayor of Bristol, and his wife, Elizabeth Ellinor Jackson. He was educated at the ...

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Fuller, John (1757–1834), politician and eccentric, was born on 20 February 1757 at North Stoneham, Southampton, Hampshire, the only son of Revd Henry Fuller (1713–1761), rector of North Stoneham, and his wife, Frances (1725/6–1778), his cousin, and daughter of Thomas Fuller of Catsfield, Sussex...

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Gibson [née Cullum], (Susannah) Arethusa (1814–1885), society hostess and political activist, was born on 11 January 1814 at Southgate Green, Bury St Edmunds, the only child of Revd Sir Thomas Gery Cullum, eighth baronet (1777–1855), and his first wife, Mary Anne, née...

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Richard Plantagenet Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos- Grenville, second duke of Buckingham and Chandos (1797–1861) by Samuel Freeman, pubd 1836 (after Anne Mee) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grenville, Richard Plantagenet Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-, second duke of Buckingham and Chandos (1797–1861), politician and bankrupt aristocrat, was born at Stowe, Buckinghamshire, on 11 February 1797, the only child of Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, first duke of Buckingham and Chandos (1776–1839), and his wife, Anna Eliza (1779–1836)...

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James Hare (bap. 1747, d. 1804) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1774–5 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hare, James (bap. 1747, d. 1804), social celebrity and politician, was baptized on 9 April 1747 at Somerton, Somerset, the second son of Joseph Hare, an apothecary at Wells, and his wife, Frances. For many years he was wrongly identified as the son of one ...

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Harriman [née Digby; other married names Churchill, Hayward], Pamela Beryl (1920–1997), adventurer and diplomatist, was born on 20 March 1920 at Farnborough, Kent, the eldest of three daughters and oldest of the four children of Edward Kenelm Digby, eleventh Baron Digby...

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Pamela Beryl Harriman (1920–1997) by Diana H. Walker, 1977 Getty Images – Diana H. Walker

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Hay, Robert William (1786–1861), civil servant and dilettante, was born and baptized on 9 January 1786 in Brodsworth, Yorkshire, the eldest child of George William Auriol Hay-Drummond (1761–1807)—himself the youngest son of George Henry Hay, eighth earl of Kinnoull—author, poet, prebendary of ...

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See Hobart, George, third earl of Buckinghamshire

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Dame Fanny Lucy Houston (1857–1936) by Bassano, c. 1909–10 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Houston, Dame Fanny Lucy (1857–1936), adventuress, was born on 8 April 1857 at Kennington, fourth daughter of Thomas Radmall, box-maker, and his wife, Maria Isabella Clarke. A juvenile actress known as Poppy Radmall, she eloped at the age of sixteen to Paris with the brewer ...

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Hungerford, Sir Edward (1632–1711), politician, merchant, and spendthrift, son and heir of Anthony Hungerford the royalist (1607/8–1657), and his wife, Rachel Jones (d. 1680), was born on 20 October 1632 at Black Bourton, Oxfordshire. He matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, in 1649 and was fined ...

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Lyttelton, Thomas, second Baron Lyttelton (1744–1779), libertine and politician, was born at Hagley, Worcestershire, on 30 January 1744, the son of George Lyttelton, first Baron Lyttelton of Frankley (1709–1773), and Lucy (1717/18–1747), daughter of Hugh Fortescue of Filleigh, Devon. The dissolute son of a pious father, ...

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Mary Isabella Manners, duchess of Rutland (1756–1831) by Valentine Green, pubd 1780 (after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1780) © National Portrait Gallery, London