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Bligh, Ivo Francis Walter, eighth earl of Darnley (1859–1927), cricketer and bequeather of the ‘Ashes’, born on 13 March 1859 at Bruton Street, London, was the second son of John Stuart Bligh, the sixth earl (1827–1896), who owned estates in Kent and co. Meath...

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Holroyd, Henry North, third earl of Sheffield (1832–1909), patron of cricket, was born on 18 January 1832 at 58 Portland Place, St Marylebone, Middlesex, the elder surviving son of George Augustus Frederick Charles Holroyd, second earl of Sheffield (1802–1876), and his wife, Harriet (1802–1889)...

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Thomas Lord (1755–1832) by unknown artist Marylebone Cricket Club, London / Bridgeman Art Library

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Lord, Thomas (1755–1832), founder of Lord's cricket ground and businessman, was born on 23 November 1755 at Thirsk, Yorkshire, the son of William Lord, a labourer from a Roman Catholic family. Lord's ancestors had suffered for their allegiance to the Jacobite cause and had had their lands sequestered, forcing his father to work as a labourer. The family moved to ...

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Sir Horatio Mann, second baronet (1744–1814) by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, c. 1785 Marylebone Cricket Club, London / Bridgeman Art Library

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Mann, Sir Horatio, second baronet (1744–1814), politician and patron of cricket, was born on 2 February 1744 at Boughton Malherbe, Kent, the only surviving son of Galfridus Mann (d. 1756), army clothier, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of John Gregory of London...