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Benson, William (bap. 1682, d. 1754), politician, architect, and literary critic, was baptized on 17 March 1682 at St Leonard's Church, Bromley by Bow, Middlesex; he was the eldest of fourteen children of William Benson (1640/41–1712), a wealthy iron merchant of Bromley by Bow...

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Foot, Michael Mackintosh (1913–2010), journalist, politician, and author, was born at 1 Lipson Terrace, Plymouth, on 23 July 1913, the fourth of five sons and fifth of seven children of Isaac Foot (1880–1960), Liberal MP and solicitor, a native of Plymouth, and his wife, ...

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Michael Mackintosh Foot (1913–2010) by unknown photographer, 1973 © Getty Images

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Henry Richard Fox, third Baron Holland of Holland and third Baron Holland of Foxley (1773–1840) by John Simpson (after Charles Robert Leslie, 1829) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fox [afterwards Vassall], Henry Richard, third Baron Holland of Holland and third Baron Holland of Foxley (1773–1840), politician and man of letters, was the youngest child and only son of Stephen Fox, second Baron Holland (1745–1774), and Lady Mary Fitzpatrick (1746/7–1778), daughter of ...

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Richard Griffin, third Baron Braybrooke (1783–1858) by Edward Scriven, pubd 1836 (after John Jackson, 1822) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Griffin [formerly Neville], Richard, third Baron Braybrooke (1783–1858), politician and literary editor, was born at Stanlake Park, Berkshire, on 26 September 1783, the first of the three sons of Richard Aldworth Neville (1750–1825) [see Griffin, Richard], who succeeded his distant cousin ...

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Mason, John Monck (1726?–1809), literary scholar and politician, eldest son of Robert Mason of Mason-Brook, co. Galway, and Sarah, eldest daughter of George Monck of St Stephen's Green, Dublin, was born in Dublin. After attending Mr Young's school in Dublin, he entered ...

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John Monck Mason (1726?–1809) by Charles Knight, pubd 1791 (after Sylvester Harding) © National Portrait Gallery, London