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Bentinck, Lord Henry William Cavendish-Scott- [known as Lord Henry Bentinck] (1804–1870), sportsman and politician, was born on 9 June 1804, the fourth son of William Henry Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, the fourth duke of Portland (1768–1854), and his wife, Henrietta (d. 1844), elder daughter and coheir of ...

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Lord (William) George Frederic Cavendish-Scott- Bentinck (1802–1848) by Samuel Lane, c. 1836 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bentinck, Lord (William) George Frederic Cavendish-Scott- [known as Lord George Bentinck] (1802–1848), politician and sportsman, was born on 27 February 1802 at Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire, the fifth child and second surviving son of William Henry Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, fourth duke of Portland (1768–1854), and his wife, ...

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Berkeley, (George Charles) Grantley Fitzhardinge (1800–1881), politician and sportsman, was born at Cranford House, Hounslow, Middlesex, on 10 February 1800, the sixth son of Frederick Augustus Berkeley, fifth earl of Berkeley (1745–1810), and the second legitimate son after the earl's marriage, on 16 May 1796, to ...

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Bunbury, Sir (Thomas) Charles, sixth baronet (1740–1821), horse-racing administrator and politician, was born in Suffolk (probably at Mildenhall) in May 1740, the elder son of the Revd Sir William Bunbury, fifth baronet (c.1710–1764), and his wife, Eleanor Graham (d...

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Byerley, Robert (bap. 1660, d. 1714), racehorse owner, army officer, and politician, was baptized on 27 March 1660, the fourth (but second surviving) son of Anthony Byerley (bap. 1619, d. 1667), landowner, of Middridge Grange, Heighington, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne (...

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Henry Chaplin, first Viscount Chaplin (1840–1923) by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, 1908 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chaplin, Henry, first Viscount Chaplin (1840–1923), politician and sportsman, was born on 22 December 1840 at Ryhall, near Stamford, the third child but the eldest surviving son of the Revd Henry Chaplin (1789–1849), vicar of Ryhall, and his wife, Caroline (d. 1858)...

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Clay, James (1804–1873), politician and writer on whist, was born in Bloomsbury, London, on 20 December 1804, the only son—there was also a daughter—of James Clay (d. 1828), a merchant of Old Broad Street, London, and his wife, Mary (d. 1841)...

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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough (1855–1945) by John Singer Sargent, 1912 Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Grenfell, William Henry, Baron Desborough (1855–1945), sportsman and politician, was born in London on 30 October 1855, the eldest son of Charles William Grenfell MP (1823–1861) of Taplow Court, Buckinghamshire, and Georgiana Caroline Lascelles (d. 1911), daughter of William Saunders Sebright Lascelles MP...

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Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, first duke of Westminster (1825–1899) by Sir John Everett Millais, 1872 by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Westminster OBE, TD, DL, on behalf of himself and his Trustees

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Grosvenor, Hugh Lupus, first duke of Westminster (1825–1899), landowner, racehorse owner, and politician, was born on 13 October 1825 at Eaton Hall, Cheshire, the second but first surviving son, and fifth of the thirteen children, of Richard Grosvenor, second marquess of Westminster (1795–1869)...

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Sir Edward Richard George Heath (1916–2005) by Jane Bown, 1978 © Guardian News and Media Ltd 2005

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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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Hills, John Waller (1867–1938), politician and angler, was born at 68 Belgrave Road, Pimlico, London on 2 January 1867, the second son of Herbert Augustus Hills (1837–1907) of Highhead Castle, Cumberland, a barrister who was a judge of the International Court of Appeal...

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Sir (Francis) Stanley Jackson (1870–1947) by Bassano, 1923 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jackson, Sir (Francis) Stanley (1870–1947), cricketer and politician, was the second son and seventh child of William Lawies Jackson, first Baron Allerton (1840–1917), and his wife, Grace, née Tempest (1845–1901). He was born on 21 November 1870 at Chapel Allerton, near Leeds. After schooling at ...