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Acland [née Fox, Fox-Strangways], Lady Christian Henrietta Caroline [Harriet] (1750–1815), diarist, was born at Kilmington, Somerset, on 3 January 1750 and baptized on 16 January at St James's, Piccadilly, London. She was the third surviving daughter of Stephen Fox, later first earl of Ilchester...

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Amphlett, John (1845–1918), historian and diarist, was born at Sydenham, Kent, on 22 March 1845, the eldest of the three children of John Amphlett (1839–1868) of Clent and his wife, Jane (1812–1888), daughter of Robert Smithson of Skipwith, Yorkshire. John Amphlett was seventh in nine successive generations of ...

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Harriett Arbuthnot (1793–1834) by William Ensom, pubd 1829 (after Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1817) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elizabeth Longford

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Arbuthnot [née Fane], Harriett (1793–1834), diarist, was born on 10 September 1793, the third and youngest daughter and third youngest of the ten children of Henry Fane (1739–1802) MP of Fulbeck Hall, Lincolnshire (second son of Thomas Fane, eighth earl of Westmorland...

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Margaret Emma Alice Asquith, countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945) by Baron Adolf de Meyer, c. 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Asquith [née Tennant], Margaret Emma Alice [Margot], countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945), political hostess and diarist, was born on 2 February 1864, the sixth daughter and eleventh child of Sir Charles Tennant, first baronet (1823–1906), wealthy Scottish industrialist and Liberal MP, and his first wife, ...

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Astry [married name Orlebar], Diana (bap. 1671, d. 1716), diarist and compiler of recipe books, was baptized on 2 January 1671 at St Mary's, Henbury, Gloucestershire, the third daughter and fifth child of Sir Samuel Astry (1632–1704) of Henbury, Gloucestershire, a clerk of the ...

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Austen [née Wilson], Katherine (b. 1629, d. in or before 1683), diarist and poet, was born in the parish of St Mary Colechurch, London, one of at least seven children of Robert Wilson (d. 1639), draper, and his wife, Katherine (...

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Bain [née Burn], Louisa (1803–1883), diarist, was born on 30 January 1803 at 37 Kirby Street, London, the tenth of the twelve children of English parents Thomas Burn (b. 1760), bookbinder, and his wife, Elizabeth Dyer (d. 1828). From the ages of seven to twelve she was educated at a school at ...

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Ball, Hannah (1734–1792), follower of Wesleyan Methodism and diarist, was born on 13 March 1734, probably in Buckinghamshire. Nothing is known of her family other than that she was one of a family of twelve children and that her mother died in 1779, aged seventy-nine. At the age of nine she went to live with an uncle in ...

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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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Bargrave, Robert (1628–1661), merchant and diarist, was born in Kent, possibly at the family home, Eastry Court, Eastry, near Sandwich, on 25 March 1628, the second surviving son of Isaac Bargrave (bap. 1586, d. 1643), dean of Canterbury, and his wife, Elizabeth (1593–1667)...

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Bathurst, Ann (b. c. 1638, d. in or before 1704), diarist and prophet, is of unknown parentage. What little is known of her origins is found in the eight-page autobiography that begins her two-volume diary, 'Rhapsodical Meditations and Visions', a manuscript that covers the period 17 March 1679 to 21 October 1696 (...

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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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T. F. Henderson

revised by J. K. McGinley

Birrel, Robert (fl. 1567–1605), diarist, was a burgess of Edinburgh. His 'Diary, containing Divers passages of Staite, and Uthers Memorable Accidents, from the 1532 yeir of our Redemption, till ye Beginning of the yeir 1605' was published in 1798 in Fragments of Scottish History...

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Blundell, Nicholas (1669–1737), diarist and landowner, was born on 1 September 1669 at Little Crosby Hall, Lancashire, the son of William Blundell (1645–1702) and his wife, Mary (d. 1707), daughter of Rowland Eyre of Hassop in Derbyshire. The eldest of fourteen children, he was educated at home by his grandfather ...

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James Boswell (1740–1795) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boswell, James (1740–1795), lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh on 29 October 1740, probably at the family's house on the fourth storey of Blair's Land, Parliament Close, the eldest son of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck (1707–1782), and his first wife, ...

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Bulkeley, William (1691–1760), diarist, was born on 4 November 1691 at Brynddu in the parish of Llanfechell, Anglesey, the second son of William Bulkeley (d. 1699) and Lettice (d. 1750), daughter of Captain Henry Jones of Llangoed in Anglesey. His father died when he was a mere boy and his mother married a second and third husband....