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Dame Fanny Lucy Houston (1857–1936) by Bassano, c. 1909–10 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Houston, Dame Fanny Lucy (1857–1936), adventuress, was born on 8 April 1857 at Kennington, fourth daughter of Thomas Radmall, box-maker, and his wife, Maria Isabella Clarke. A juvenile actress known as Poppy Radmall, she eloped at the age of sixteen to Paris with the brewer ...

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Mary Catherine Stanley, countess of Derby (1824–1900) by James Rannie Swinton, 1850 The Marquess of Salisbury. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Stanley [née Sackville-West], Mary Catherine, countess of Derby [other married name Mary Catherine Gascoyne-Cecil, marchioness of Salisbury] (1824–1900), grande dame and politician manqué, was born, probably at Bourn, Cambridgeshire, on 23 July 1824, sixth of the nine children of George Sackville-West, ...

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Willyams, Sarah Brydges [née Sarah Mendez da Costa] (d. 1863), heiress and benefactor of Benjamin Disraeli, was the younger daughter of Abraham Mendez da Costa (d. 1782), of Bath, and his wife, Elizabeth Leigh, whom he married in 1775. Sarah was descended from a line of Peninsular–English Jews via ...