French, Robert (1716–1779), landowner and politician, was the eldest son of Patrick French (d. 1744), barrister, and Jane Digby, the daughter of Simon Digby, successively bishop of Limerick and Elphin. The Frenches, of Anglo-Norman origins, had settled originally in the port of ...
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Ridley, Sir Matthew White, second baronet (1745–1813), land and coal owner and politician, was born on 28 October 1745 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the second of the twelve children of Matthew Ridley (1711–1778) of Heaton Hall and Newcastle, a landowner, coal magnate, and MP, though the eldest of ...