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Bruce, Thomas, second earl of Ailesbury (1656–1741), nobleman and memoirist, was born on 26 September 1656, probably at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the fifth but first surviving son of Robert Bruce, first earl of Ailesbury (bap. 1626, d. 1685), and his wife, Diana (d...

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Cheyne [née Cavendish], Lady Jane (1620/21–1669), poet and royalist noblewoman, was the eldest daughter of William Cavendish, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676), and his first wife, Elizabeth (1599–1643), widow of Henry Howard, son of Theophilus, second earl of Suffolk...

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Clifford, Anne [known as Lady Anne Clifford], countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery (1590–1676), noblewoman and diarist, was born at Skipton Castle in Craven in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 30 January 1590, the only surviving child of George Clifford, third earl of Cumberland...

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Anne Clifford, countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery (1590–1676) by William Larkin, 1618 National Trust Photographic Library / Geoffrey Shakerley

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North, Dudley, third Baron North (bap. 1582, d. 1666), nobleman and poet, was born in London and baptized on 18 September 1582 at St Gregory by Paul, London. His parents were Sir John North (c. 1550–1597), eldest son of Roger North, second Baron North...

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Seymour [née Stanhope], Anne, duchess of Somerset (c. 1510–1587), noblewoman and literary patron, was the only child of Sir Edward Stanhope (d. 1511) of Rampton, Nottinghamshire, by his second wife, Elizabeth (b. before 1473, d. 1557), daughter of Fulk Bourchier, ...