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(Ina) Sarah Forbes Bonetta (c. 1843–1880) by Camille Silvy, 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bonetta [née Davies], (Ina) Sarah Forbes [Sally] (c. 1843–1880), Queen Victoria's ward, was born in west Africa (in the south-west of modern-day Nigeria) about 1843, of Yoruba descent. Few details are known about her family besides their massacre by forces loyal to the Dahomian monarch, ...

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Bulmer, Sir Bevis (d. 1613), courtier and mining projector, whose origins are shrouded in mystery, was a close friend of both Queen Elizabeth and James VI and I. Stephen Atkinson, his refiner of ores and a constant companion after 1587, wrote an account of ...

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Crane, Sir Francis (c. 1579–1636), courtier and tapestry manufacturer, is first recorded in 1606. His name does not appear in registers of admissions to Oxford, Cambridge, or the inns of court until 1619, when he was admitted to Gray's Inn. A memorial tablet in the church at ...

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Fortnum, Charles (1738–1815), royal servant and grocer, is presumed to be the son of William Fortnum, of Berkeley Street, Portman Square, London. He had a brother and a sister. His grandfather William Fortnum is said to have become a footman to Queen Anne...

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Lamb, Patrick (c. 1650–1708/9), royal cook, was the second of seven children of Patrick Lambe (1613–c.1683) and Martha, née Russell (d. 1687), of the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Lamb's father was involved in victualling and in 1660 held a crown warrant as the sole retailer of tobacco in the precincts of ...

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Seckford, Sir Henry (d. 1610), merchant and courtier, was the sixth of the ten children of Thomas Seckford (1495–1575) of Bealings, Suffolk, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1557), the daughter of Sir John Wingfield of Letheringham, Suffolk. Seckford Hall, near Woodbridge, Suffolk...

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Winter, Sir John (b. c. 1600, d. in or after 1676), courtier and ironmaster, was the eldest of five sons of Sir Edward Winter (d. 1619?) and Anne, daughter of Edward Somerset, fourth earl of Worcester. His strongly Catholic family were the largest landowners in the ...

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Wintringham [Wyntryngham], William (d. 1390x92), royal craftsman and merchant, was probably born in the 1320s or early 1330s, but his origins are unknown. He first occurs on 1 November 1361 as a carpenter at Windsor Castle, where he supervised the construction of the great hall roof at a wage of ...