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Grace Elliott (1754?–1823) by Thomas Gainsborough, 1782? © The Frick Collection, New York

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Elliott [Eliot; née Dalrymple], Grace [nicknamed Dally the Tall] (1754?–1823), courtesan and writer, was probably born in Edinburgh, the youngest daughter of Hew or Hugh Dalrymple (d. 1774), lawyer, and his wife, Grisel Craw (d. c.1765). She had at least one sister, ...

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Leeson [née Plunkett], Margaret (1727–1797), courtesan and writer, was born at Killough, co. Westmeath. The daughter of Matthew Plunkett, a Catholic landowner with estates at Corbetstown and Killough, and his wife, the former Miss A. O'Reilly, she was the third youngest of eight surviving siblings. Her early life was pleasant and she received '...

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Teresia Constantia Phillips (1709–1765) by John Faber junior, 1748 (after Joseph Highmore) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Phillips [married name Muilman], Teresia Constantia (1709–1765), courtesan and memoirist, was born on 2 January 1709 at 'West-Chester' (Phillips, Apology, 1.20), part of Chester in Cheshire, the daughter of Thomas Phillips, a captain in the Grenadier Guards. According to her ...