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Abernethy family (per. c. 1260–c. 1465), landowners, is of obscure origins, but was certainly a native Scottish family rather than of Norman descent. Orm of Abernethy was a grandson of Gillemichael, earl of Fife in the early twelfth century, and in the 1170s he received confirmation from ...

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Ashton, Sir John (c. 1354–c. 1398), soldier and landowner, was the son and heir of Sir John Ashton (d. c.1360) of Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, and of Margaret, a daughter of Robert del Leigh of Adlington, Cheshire. His mother's second marriage, to ...

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Ballon [Baalun], Sir Roger de (d. 1225), landowner, was probably connected to the minor Herefordshire baronial family of Ballon, but the exact nature of the relationship is obscure. He appears to have been a minor landowner in Hampshire; if, as seems likely, he was related to the ...

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Bardolf, Thomas, fifth Baron Bardolf (1369–1408), landowner and rebel, was born at Birling, Kent, on 22 December 1369, the son of William, fourth Baron Bardolf (1349–1386), and his wife, Agnes (d. 1403), the daughter of Michael Poynings, first Lord Poynings (c. 1318–1369)...

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Barnewall, Sir Patrick (d. 1622), landowner, was the eldest son of Sir Christopher Barnewall of Turvey, Gracedieu, and Fieldstown, and Marion, daughter of Patrick Sherle (Cherle) of Shallon, co. Meath. The grandson of Sir Patrick Barnewall, solicitor-general of Ireland, he inherited in 1575 the greatest patrimony in the pale comprising extensive holdings in ...

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Barnewall, Robert, styled twelfth Baron Trimleston (c. 1704–1779), landowner and Roman Catholic activist, was the eldest son of John Barnewall, styled eleventh Baron Trimleston (1672–1746), and his wife, Mary, or Margaret (d. 1771), daughter and heir of Sir John Barnewall. Descended from an Anglo-Norman family whose estates in the counties of ...

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Barry, Philip of (d. c. 1199), landholder, was a son of William of Barry, lord of Manorbier (Pembrokeshire), and Angharad, daughter of Gerald of Windsor, castellan of Pembroke, and Nest, daughter of Rhys ap Tewdwr, king of Deheubarth (south Wales). Robert of Barry...

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Beauchamp, John, first Baron Beauchamp of Kidderminster (d. 1388), administrator and landowner, came from Holt in Worcestershire, and belonged to a cadet branch of the great family of Beauchamp, whose head was the earl of Warwick. He was the son of another John (...

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Beauchamp, William, first Baron Bergavenny (c. 1343–1411), soldier and landowner, was the fourth son of Thomas Beauchamp, eleventh earl of Warwick (1313/14–1369), and of Katherine (d. 1369), daughter of Roger Mortimer, first earl of March.

As a younger son Beauchamp was destined for the church and attended ...

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Blackadder [Blackader], Robert (d. in or before 1468), landowner, is described by Andrew Crichton, in his account of the ancestry of the seventeenth-century covenanter John Blackadder, as having been 'remarkable for courage and daring enterprise' on the Anglo-Scottish borders in the fifteenth century (...

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Blundell, Francis Nicholas Joseph (1880–1936), politician and farmer, was born on 16 October 1880 at Altmouth, Alt Road, Hightown, near Liverpool, the first of the three children of Francis Nicholas Blundell (1853–1884), land agent, and his wife, Mary (Polly) Sweetman (1859–1930). Blundell was a prominent public figure between the wars whose main interests were agriculture and Roman Catholic causes. His father died when he was three and he was brought up with his two sisters by his mother, a successful author who wrote some fifty novels and plays under the name ...

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Blundell, Nicholas (1669–1737), diarist and landowner, was born on 1 September 1669 at Little Crosby Hall, Lancashire, the son of William Blundell (1645–1702) and his wife, Mary (d. 1707), daughter of Rowland Eyre of Hassop in Derbyshire. The eldest of fourteen children, he was educated at home by his grandfather ...

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Blundell, William (1620–1698), royalist landowner and topographer, was born on 15 July 1620 at Crosby Hall, Little Crosby, Lancashire, the second son of Nicholas Blundell (c.1590–1631) and Jane (d. 1640), daughter of Roger Bradshaigh of Haigh, near Wigan. In 1635 at the age of fifteen he married, in ...

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Anne Isabella Noel Blunt, suo jure Baroness Wentworth (1837–1917) by unknown photographer [with Kassida] © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Blunt [née King], Anne Isabella Noel, suo jure Baroness Wentworth (1837–1917), traveller and breeder of Arab horses, was born on 22 September 1837 in London, the second of the three children, and the only daughter, of William King, first earl of Lovelace...

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Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840–1922) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Bodrugan [Trenowith], Sir Henry (c. 1426–1487x1503), landowner and rebel, sometimes called Henry Trenowith, was the son and heir of Sir William Bodrugan of Newham, Cornwall (c.1398–1441), and of Philippa, daughter of Sir John Arundel of Lanherne, Cornwall (fl. 1426–1450). He was descended through his paternal great-grandmother, ...