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William Almack (d. 1781) by Richard Josey (after Thomas Gainsborough) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Almack, William (d. 1781), founder of club and assembly rooms, was born in Thirsk, in the North Riding of Yorkshire—not, as was sometimes stated by his contemporaries, in Scotland. In his youth he moved to London to work as a valet to the ...

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Evans, Rudolph Bayfield [Rudy] [performing name André de Dakar] (1897–1987), singer, actor, and entrepreneur, was born at Monkey Hill, Panama, on 23 February 1897, the eighth son and ninth of the ten children of Edward John Rhodes Evans (b. 1853), a land and property owner, and his wife, ...

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Massingberd, Emily Caroline Langton (1847–1897), women's club founder and temperance campaigner, was born at 43 Durnford Street, East Stonehouse, Devon, on 19 December 1847, the first of the three children of Charles Langton Massingberd (1815–1887), a landowner, and his first wife, Harriett Anne (...

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Kate Evelyn Meyrick (1875–1933) by unknown photographer [centre, with four of her children: (left to right) Nancy, Anne, May (the countess of Kinnoull), and Gordon] © Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Meyrick [née Nason], Kate Evelyn (1875–1933), nightclub owner, was born on 7 August 1875 at 24 Cambridge Terrace, Kingstown, Dublin, the younger daughter of John William Washington Nason (c.1842–1876), a physician of Kingstown, who was heir to property at Newtown...