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William Aislabie (1699/17001700–1781) by Jonathan Richardson The Burghley House Collection

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Aislabie, William (1699/1700–1781), landscape designer and landowner, was probably born at Studley Royal in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of John Aislabie (1670–1742), politician, and his first wife, Anne (d. 1700), daughter of Sir William Rawlinson of Hendon, Middlesex. Details of his education are unknown, beyond that he went on a grand tour in 1720. In 1721 he was returned as an MP for ...

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Cook, Ernest Edward (1865–1955), art collector and preservationist, was born at Camberwell, London, on 4 September 1865, the second of the three sons of John Mason Cook (1834–1899), travel agent [see under Cook, Thomas], and Emma, daughter of Thomas William Hodges...

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Douglas, Cecilia (1772–1862), West India planter, slave owner, and art collector, was born in Glasgow on 28 February 1772, the daughter of John Douglas, West India merchant, formerly of Edinburgh, and his wife, Cecilia, daughter of George Buchanan, merchant. Both her maternal and paternal family lines had connections with the ...

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Francis Fuller (1807–1887) by unknown engraver, pubd 1851 (after Richard Beard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fuller, Francis (1807–1887), surveyor and land agent, was born in Coulsdon, Surrey, on 29 June 1807, the son of John and Sarah Sayer Fuller. His father was then a substantial farmer, but by 1837 was described as a land surveyor. Francis was educated at ...

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Hewett, Sir Thomas (1656–1726), architect and landowner, was born on 9 September 1656, eldest son of William Hewett, landowner, and Mary, daughter of Sir Richard Prince. After schooling at Shrewsbury School and Christ Church, Oxford, he travelled extensively on the continent, visiting France...

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Kennedy, David, tenth earl of Cassillis (1727–1792), patron of architecture and landowner, was born on 25 June 1727, the eighteenth child and third surviving son of Sir John Kennedy of Culzean, second baronet (d. 1742), and Jean Douglas (d. 1767), daughter of ...

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Malcolm, John, of Poltalloch (1805–1893), art collector and landowner, was the second surviving son of Neill Malcolm (1769–1837), twelfth laird of Poltalloch [see under Malcolm family of Poltalloch], who owned extensive landed estates in Argyll and sugar plantations in Jamaica, and his wife, ...

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Methuen, Paul Ayshford, fourth Baron Methuen (1886–1974), painter and landowner, was born on 29 September 1886 at Corsham, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, the eldest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of Field Marshal Paul Sanford Methuen, third Baron Methuen of Corsham...

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Parkinson, James (bap. 1730, d. 1813), land agent and museum proprietor, was born in Shrewsbury, where he was baptized at St Mary's Church on 28 February 1730, the son of James Parkinson and his wife, Jane Birch. His family was settled in Ireland...

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Sturge, William (1820–1905), surveyor and land agent, was born on 21 August 1820 in Bristol, the eldest of four sons and four daughters of Jacob Player Sturge (1793–1857), of Y. and J. P. Sturge, surveyors and land agents of Bristol, and his wife, ...

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Thynne, Sir John (1512/13–1580), estate manager and builder of Longleat, was born in Church Stretton, Shropshire, the eldest son of Thomas Thynne of Church Stretton, and Margaret, daughter of Thomas Eynns, also of Church Stretton. He was a nephew of William Thynne, and was probably encouraged to move to ...

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Sir John Thynne (1512/1313–1580) by unknown artist, 1566 reproduced by permission of the Marquess of Bath, Longleat House, Warminster, Wiltshire, Great Britain. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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See Vane, Henry, first earl of Darlington

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See Wilson, Sir Thomas Maryon, eighth baronet

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Wilson, Sir Thomas Maryon, eighth baronet (1800–1869), landowner and thwarted urban developer, was born on 14 April 1800 at Southend, Essex, the eldest of the six children of Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson, seventh baronet (d. 1821), and his wife, Elizabeth (d...