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Acton, Eliza (1799–1859), writer on cookery and poet, was born at Battle, Sussex, on 17 April 1799, the eldest of the five children of John Acton and his wife, Elizabeth, née Mercer. The Actons were a Suffolk family, and returned there soon after ...

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Ainslie, Hew (1792–1878), brewer and poet, was born on 5 April 1792 at Bargeny Mains in the parish of Dailly, Ayrshire, only son of the three children of George Ainslie, a butler on the estate of Sir Hew Dalrymple Hamilton. His mother's name is unknown, but ...

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Ortiz, Elisabeth Lambert [née Elisabeth Lambert] (1915–2003), writer on cookery and poet, was born on 17 June 1915 in Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, the second of three daughters of a marine salvage engineer who moved his family to Jamaica when she was eight years old. She was at school for some time there, and in an introduction to ...