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Acland, Sir Thomas Dyke, tenth baronet (1787–1871), politician and philanthropist, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, ninth baronet (d. 1794), and Henrietta Anne (d. 1841), the only daughter of Sir Richard Hoare, was born in London on 29 March 1787. He became heir to the family estates when his father died on 17 May 1794. He was educated at ...

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Thomas Babington (1758–1837) by Charles E. Wagstaff (after John Hoppner) © Copyright The British Museum

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Babington, Thomas (1758–1837), philanthropist and politician, was born on 18 December 1758, the eldest son and heir of Thomas Babington (1715–1776), of Rothley Temple, Rothley, Leicestershire, and his wife, Lydia (1726/7–1791), daughter of Joseph Cardale, vicar of Hinckley. After education at Rugby School...

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Reginald Brabazon, twelfth earl of Meath (1841–1929) by Sir William Orpen, exh. RA 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brabazon, Reginald, twelfth earl of Meath (1841–1929), politician and philanthropist, was born on 31 July 1841 in a house near Belgrave Square, London, the second son of William Brabazon (1803–1887), styled Lord Brabazon and from 1851 eleventh earl of Meath, and his wife, ...

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Buxton, Charles Roden (1875–1942), politician and philanthropist, was born at 14 Grosvenor Crescent, London, on 27 November 1875, the seventh child in a family of ten and the third son of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1837–1915), third baronet and director of a brewery, and his wife, ...

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Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, first baronet (1786–1845) by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1840 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buxton, Sir Thomas Fowell, first baronet (1786–1845), politician and philanthropist, born on 1 April 1786, was the eldest son of Thomas Fowell Buxton, of Earl's Colne, Essex, and his wife, Anna, daughter of Osgood Hanbury, of Holfield Grange, in the same county. His mother, who was a member of the ...

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Cabbell, Benjamin Bond (1782/3–1874), politician and philanthropist, was born in Vere Street, Oxford Street, London, the third son of George Cabbell, apothecary, of Marylebone, Middlesex, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Bliss and niece of Nathaniel Bliss, astronomer royal (1762–4). He was educated at ...

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Clive, Robert George Windsor-, first earl of Plymouth (1857–1923), politician and philanthropist, was born in John Street, Berkeley Square, on 27 August 1857, the only son of the Hon. Robert Windsor-Clive (1824–1859), Conservative MP for Ludlow (1852–4) and South Shropshire (1854–9), and his wife, ...

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Robert George Windsor- Clive, earl of Plymouth (1857–1923) by James Russell & Sons, c.1916 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anthony Ashley- Cooper, seventh earl of Shaftesbury (1801–1885) by George Frederic Watts, 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cooper, Anthony Ashley-, seventh earl of Shaftesbury (1801–1885), philanthropist and politician, was born on 28 April 1801 at 24 Grosvenor Square, London, the fourth child and eldest son of Cropley Ashley-Cooper, sixth earl of Shaftesbury (1768–1851) from 1811 and chairman of committees in the ...

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Corry, Montagu William Lowry, Baron Rowton (1838–1903), politician and philanthropist, was born in London on 8 October 1838, the third of four children (second of two sons) of Henry Thomas Lowry Corry (1803–1873) and his wife, Lady Harriet Anne Ashley-Cooper (d. 1868)...

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Montagu William Lowry Corry, Baron Rowton (1838–1903) by Heinrich von Angeli National Trust Photographic Library / John Hammond

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William Reginald Courtenay, eleventh earl of Devon (1807–1888) by George Richmond, 1874 private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Courtenay, William Reginald, eleventh earl of Devon (1807–1888), politician and philanthropist, eldest son of William Courtenay, tenth earl (d. 19 March 1859), and his first wife, Lady Harriet Leslie, daughter of Sir Lucas Pepys, bt, was born in Charlotte Street, Bedford Square, London...

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Coutts, William Lehman Ashmead Bartlett Burdett- (1851–1921), philanthropist and politician, was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on 20 June 1851, the second son of Ellis Bartlett (d. 1852) and his wife, Sophia, daughter of John King Ashmead of Philadelphia. His grandparents on both sides of the parental line were British subjects. His mother was widowed in 1852 and she moved to ...

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Davies, David, first Baron Davies (1880–1944), politician and philanthropist, was born on 11 May 1880 at Llwynderw, Llandinam, Montgomeryshire, the only son of Edward Davies (1852–1898) and his wife, Mary (d. 1888), daughter of the Revd Evan Jones of Llandinam. He was educated at ...