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William Waldorf Astor, first Viscount Astor (1848–1919) by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1898 Cliveden, The Astor Collection (The National Trust) NTPL / John Bethell

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Astor, William Waldorf, first Viscount Astor (1848–1919), property owner and newspaper proprietor, was born on 31 March 1848 in New York, the only child of John Jacob Astor (1822–1890), manager of the family estate, and his wife, Charlotte Augusta Gibbes (1825–1887). He was educated privately and at ...

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Blundell, Nicholas (1669–1737), diarist and landowner, was born on 1 September 1669 at Little Crosby Hall, Lancashire, the son of William Blundell (1645–1702) and his wife, Mary (d. 1707), daughter of Rowland Eyre of Hassop in Derbyshire. The eldest of fourteen children, he was educated at home by his grandfather ...

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William Byrd (1674–1744) attrib. Hans Hysing, c. 1725 The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia

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Byrd, William (1674–1744), landowner and diarist, was born on 28 March 1674 near the fall line of the James River, Virginia, the first of five children of William Byrd (1652–1704), colonial officer and planter, and Mary Horsmanden Filmer (1650–1699), a well-connected widow and daughter of ...

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Davenport, William (bap. 1584, d. 1655), landowner and diarist, was baptized in Stockport, Cheshire, on 25 March 1584, the son and heir of Sir William Davenport (1563–1627) of Bramhall and Dorothy Warren (fl. 1566?–1615), the daughter of a neighbouring gentleman. William Davenport...

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Ifor ap Llywelyn [called Ifor Hael] (fl. c. 1320–1380), landowner and patron of poetry, owned Gwernyclepa in the parish of Basaleg, lordship of Newport. His father was Llywelyn ab Ifor of St Clears and Gwynfe in Carmarthenshire, who married (as the first of her three husbands) ...

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Lowther, William, first earl of Lonsdale (1757–1844), landowner and literary patron, was born on 29 December 1757 at Little Preston Hall, near Leeds, the elder son of the Revd Sir William Lowther, baronet (1707–1788), rector of Swillington, and Anne Zouch (1723–1759), daughter of the ...

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Luttrell, Sir Geoffrey (1276–1345), landowner and patron of the Luttrell psalter, lord of Irnham, Lincolnshire, was the son of Sir Robert Luttrell of Irnham (c.1255–1297) and his wife, Joan. Her parentage is unknown; she was still living in June 1320. Luttrell...

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Sir Geoffrey Luttrell (1276–1345) drawing [with his wife, Agnes Sutton, and his daughter-in-law, Beatrice Scrope] The British Library

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Mosley, Nicholas (bap. 1611, d. 1672), author and royalist landowner, born at Ancoats Hall, Manchester, and baptized at the collegiate church there on 26 December 1611, was the eldest son of Oswald Mosley (d. 1630), merchant clothier, and his wife, Anne (...

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See Nugent, Nicholas

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Paston, John (1421–1466), landowner and letter writer, was the eldest son of William Paston (1378–1444) of Paston in Norfolk, justice of common pleas, and his wife, Agnes (d. 1479), daughter and coheir of Sir Edmund Barry of Orwellbury, Hertfordshire. He was born on 10 October 1421. ...

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Trenchard, John [pseuds. Cato, Diogenes] (1668/9–1723), landowner and publicist, was the first son of William Trenchard (1640–1710), landowner, of Cutteridge, Wiltshire, and his wife, Ellen, daughter of Sir George Norton of Abbots Leigh, Somerset. His nonconformist, whig father sat for Westbury...