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(Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne Ashley (1836–1907) by Spy (Sir Leslie Ward), pubd 1883 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ashley, (Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne (1836–1907), politician and biographer, born in London on 24 July 1836, was the fourth son of Anthony Ashley Cooper, seventh earl of Shaftesbury (1801–1885), politician and social reformer, and his wife, Emily (1810–1872), daughter of Peter Leopold Cowper, fifth Earl Cowper...

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Bankes, Henry (1757–1834), politician and parliamentary diarist, was born on 19 December 1757; he was the second but only surviving son of Henry Bankes (bap. 1700, d. 1776), commissioner of customs, a member of the parliamentary dynasty descended from the royalist chief justice ...

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Benn, Anthony Neil Wedgwood [Tony], second Viscount Stansgate (disclaimed for life) (1925–2014), politician, was born on 3 April 1925 at 40 Grosvenor Road, Westminster, the second of three surviving sons of William Wedgwood Benn (1877–1960), politician, and his wife, ...

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Bernays, Robert Hamilton (1902–1945), politician and diarist, was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, on 6 May 1902, the fourth child and third son of the Revd Prebendary Stewart Frederic Lewis Bernays (1867–1941), rector of Great Stanmore, and his wife, Lillian Stephenson (d. 1935)...

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Bramston, Sir John, the younger (1611–1700), politician and autobiographer, was born in the family home in Whitechapel, London, and was baptized on 11 September 1611, eldest son and fourth of nine children of Sir John Bramston (1577–1654), chief justice of king's bench, and his first wife, ...

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Cavendish, Sir Henry, second baronet (1732–1804), parliamentary diarist and politician, was born on 29 September 1732, the eldest son of Sir Henry Cavendish, first baronet (1707–1776), of Doveridge Hall, Derbyshire, and his first wife, Anne (b. 1706/7, d. before 1748), daughter and heir of ...

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Alan Kenneth Clark (1928–1999) by unknown photographer, 1998 Rex Features

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Clark, Alan Kenneth (1928–1999), politician and diarist, was born on 13 April 1928 at 55 Lancaster Gate, London, the elder son in the family of two sons and one daughter of Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, Baron Clark (1903–1983), art historian, and his wife, Elizabeth Winifred (Jane; ...

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Richard Howard Stafford Crossman (1907–1974) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crossman, Richard Howard Stafford (1907–1974), politician and diarist, was born on 15 December 1907 in Porchester Terrace, Bayswater, London, the third of six children (three boys and three girls) of Sir (Charles) Stafford Crossman (1870–1941) of Buckhurst Hill House, Essex, and his wife, ...

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Dodington, George Bubb, Baron Melcombe (1690/91–1762), politician and diarist, was the only son of Jeremiah Bubb (d. 1692) of Foy, Herefordshire, and his second wife, Alicia (d. 1721), daughter of John Dodington of Dodington in Somerset. Nothing is known of Jeremiah Bubb's...

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Sylvester Douglas, Baron Glenbervie (1743–1823) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1792–3 private collection

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Douglas, Sylvester, Baron Glenbervie (1743–1823), politician and diarist, was born in Fechil, Aberdeenshire, on 24 May 1743, the elder and only surviving son of John Douglas (1713/14–1762), landowner, of Whiteriggs, Kincardineshire, and his first wife, Margaret Gordon (d. 1747), daughter and coheir of ...

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Gawdy, Framlingham (1589–1655), politician and parliamentary diarist, was born on 8 August 1589 at Berdwell Hall, West Harling, Norfolk, the eldest son of Sir Bassingbourne Gawdy (1560–1606) [see under Gawdy] and his first wife, Anne, daughter and coheir of Sir Charles Framlingham...

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(Edward) Frederick Leveson- Gower (1819–1907) by Charles Holl and A. Roberts (after Henry Tanworth Wells, 1871) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gower, (Edward) Frederick Leveson- (1819–1907), politician and autobiographer, the third son of Granville Leveson-Gower, first Earl Granville (1773–1846), diplomat, and his wife, Lady Henrietta, or Harriet, Cavendish (1785–1862) [see Gower, Henrietta Elizabeth Leveson-], daughter of the fifth duke of Devonshire, was born on 3 May 1819. He was always called by his second forename and usually ...

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Gower, Sir George Granville Leveson- (1858–1951), autobiographer, politician, and private secretary, was born in London on 19 May 1858, the only child of (Edward) Frederick Leveson-Gower (1819–1907) and his wife, Lady Margaret Mary Frances Elizabeth, née Compton. Granville George Leveson-Gower, second Earl Granville...

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Hardy, Francis (1751–1812), politician and biographer, the son of Harry Hardy, was born in Dublin. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 8 July 1766 and graduated BA in 1771. He attended the Middle Temple and was called to the Irish bar in 1777. '...

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Headlam, Sir Cuthbert Morley, baronet (1876–1964), politician and diarist, was born at Eccles, Lancashire, on 27 April 1876, the third of the five sons of Francis John Headlam (1829–1908), stipendiary magistrate of Manchester, and his wife, Matilda Ann (d. 1921), the daughter of ...