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Elliot, Sir Gilbert, of Minto, third baronet (1722–1777), politician and literary patron, was born at Minto, Roxburghshire, in September 1722, the eldest son of the judge Sir Gilbert Elliot, second baronet and Lord Minto (bap. 1693, d. 1766), and Helen (bap. 1696, ...

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Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Lady Holland (1771?–1845) by Robert Fagan, 1793 courtesy of private collection

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Fox, Elizabeth Vassall [née Elizabeth Vassall], Lady Holland [other married name Elizabeth Vassall Webster, Lady Webster] (1771?–1845), political and literary hostess, was the only child of Richard Vassall (1732–1795), the heir to three Jamaican sugar plantations, by his marriage in spring 1770 to ...

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Gibson [née Cullum], (Susannah) Arethusa (1814–1885), society hostess and political activist, was born on 11 January 1814 at Southgate Green, Bury St Edmunds, the only child of Revd Sir Thomas Gery Cullum, eighth baronet (1777–1855), and his first wife, Mary Anne, née...

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Hope, Henry Thomas (1808–1862), patron of the arts and politician, was born in London, probably in Duchess Street, on 30 April 1808, eldest of the three sons of Thomas Hope (1769–1831), of the Amsterdam banking family, and his wife, Louisa (d. 1851)...

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Staël von Holstein, (Anne-Louise) Germaine [née (Anne-Louise) Germaine Necker; known as Germaine de Staël], Baroness Staël von Holstein in the Swedish nobility (1766–1817), writer and salon leader, was born on 22 April 1766 in rue de Cléry, Paris, France, the only child of ...

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Walpole, Horatio [Horace], fourth earl of Orford (1717–1797), author, politician, and patron of the arts, was born on 24 September 1717 at his father's house in Arlington Street, Piccadilly, Westminster. The father was Robert Walpole, first earl of Orford (1676–1745), already a leading whig politician and on his way to becoming ...

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Horatio Walpole, fourth earl of Orford (1717–1797) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1756–7 © National Portrait Gallery, London