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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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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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John Gully (1783–1863) by Samuel Drummond, 1805–8 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gully, John (1783–1863), prize-fighter, racehorse owner, and politician, was born on 21 August 1783 at The Crown inn, Wick, near Bristol, where his father was the landlord. During Gully's boyhood, the family moved to Bath, where his father became a butcher, and he was brought up to his father's trade. After his father's death the business gradually declined, and at the age of twenty-one ...

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Archibald William Montgomerie, thirteenth earl of Eglinton and first earl of Winton (1812–1861) by George Sanders (after C. Smith) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Montgomerie, Archibald William, thirteenth earl of Eglinton and first earl of Winton (1812–1861), politician and racing patron, was born on 29 September 1812 at Palermo, Sicily, the second surviving son of Major-General Archibald Montgomerie, Lord Montgomerie (1773–1814), and his cousin, Lady Mary Montgomerie (1787–1848)...

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Peel, Jonathan (1799–1879), politician, soldier, and patron of the turf, the fifth son of Sir Robert Peel, first baronet (1750–1830), cotton manufacturer, and his first wife, Ellen Yates (1766–1803), and brother of Sir Robert Peel, second baronet, the politician, was born at Chamber Hall...

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Jonathan Peel (1799–1879) by Sir Francis Grant, exh. RA 1862 by permission of Huntingdon Town Council

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Sturt, Henry Gerard, first Baron Alington (1825–1904), racehorse owner and politician, was born on 16 May 1825, the eldest son of Henry Charles Sturt (1795–1866) of Crichel, Dorset, and MP for that county, and his wife, Charlotte Penelope (d. 1879), third daughter of ...

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Vernon, Richard (1726–1800), horse-racing entrepreneur and politician, was born on 18 June 1726 and baptized on the same day in Shaveshill, Staffordshire, the fifth son of the seven children of Henry Vernon (1663–1732), MP for Hilton, Staffordshire, and his wife Penelope Phillips (...