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Sir William Knighton, first baronet (1776–1836) by Charles Turner, pubd 1823 (after Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1822–3) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Knighton, Sir William, first baronet (1776–1836), courtier and physician, son of William Knighton, was born at Bere Ferrers, Devon. His family had an estate at Grenofen, Whitchurch, Devon, but his father was disinherited, and, dying very early, left his widow in poverty. Knighton...