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William Beckford (1744–1799) by unknown engraver, pubd 1799 (after John? Miers) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beckford, William (1744–1799), sugar planter and historian, was born in Jamaica in 1744, the son and heir of Richard Beckford (d. 1756) and his common-law wife, Elizabeth Hay. His uncle was William Beckford, lord mayor of London, and his first cousin was ...

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Herbert [née Newport, second married name Lady Danvers], Magdalen (d. 1627), estate manager and patron, and mother to Edward Herbert, George Herbert, Henry Herbert and Thomas Herbert, was the daughter of Sir Richard Newport d. 1570 of High Ercell, Shropshire, and Lady ...

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Magdalen Herbert (d.1627), by William Segar

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Long, Edward (1734–1813), planter and commentator on Jamaican affairs, was born on 23 August 1734 at Rosilion, St Blazey, Cornwall, the fourth son of Samuel Long (1700–1757) of Longville, Jamaica, Tredudwell, Cornwall, and Bloomsbury, London, and Mary (bap. 1701, d. 1765), second daughter and coheir of ...

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Steele, Joshua (c. 1700–1796), plantation owner and writer on prosody, was born at the start of the eighteenth century but where and to whom is not known. Although his later writings suggest that he was educated, it is not known where or when. He may have lived for a time in ...