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Bankes, Henry (1757–1834), politician and parliamentary diarist, was born on 19 December 1757; he was the second but only surviving son of Henry Bankes (bap. 1700, d. 1776), commissioner of customs, a member of the parliamentary dynasty descended from the royalist chief justice ...

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Benn, Anthony Neil Wedgwood [Tony], second Viscount Stansgate (disclaimed for life) (1925–2014), politician, was born on 3 April 1925 at 40 Grosvenor Road, Westminster, the second of three surviving sons of William Wedgwood Benn (1877–1960), politician, and his wife, ...

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Bernays, Robert Hamilton (1902–1945), politician and diarist, was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, on 6 May 1902, the fourth child and third son of the Revd Prebendary Stewart Frederic Lewis Bernays (1867–1941), rector of Great Stanmore, and his wife, Lillian Stephenson (d. 1935)...

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Cavendish, Sir Henry, second baronet (1732–1804), parliamentary diarist and politician, was born on 29 September 1732, the eldest son of Sir Henry Cavendish, first baronet (1707–1776), of Doveridge Hall, Derbyshire, and his first wife, Anne (b. 1706/7, d. before 1748), daughter and heir of ...

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Alan Kenneth Clark (1928–1999) by unknown photographer, 1998 Rex Features

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Clark, Alan Kenneth (1928–1999), politician and diarist, was born on 13 April 1928 at 55 Lancaster Gate, London, the elder son in the family of two sons and one daughter of Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, Baron Clark (1903–1983), art historian, and his wife, Elizabeth Winifred (Jane; ...

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Richard Howard Stafford Crossman (1907–1974) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crossman, Richard Howard Stafford (1907–1974), politician and diarist, was born on 15 December 1907 in Porchester Terrace, Bayswater, London, the third of six children (three boys and three girls) of Sir (Charles) Stafford Crossman (1870–1941) of Buckhurst Hill House, Essex, and his wife, ...

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Dodington, George Bubb, Baron Melcombe (1690/91–1762), politician and diarist, was the only son of Jeremiah Bubb (d. 1692) of Foy, Herefordshire, and his second wife, Alicia (d. 1721), daughter of John Dodington of Dodington in Somerset. Nothing is known of Jeremiah Bubb's...

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Sylvester Douglas, Baron Glenbervie (1743–1823) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1792–3 private collection

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Douglas, Sylvester, Baron Glenbervie (1743–1823), politician and diarist, was born in Fechil, Aberdeenshire, on 24 May 1743, the elder and only surviving son of John Douglas (1713/14–1762), landowner, of Whiteriggs, Kincardineshire, and his first wife, Margaret Gordon (d. 1747), daughter and coheir of ...

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Gawdy, Framlingham (1589–1655), politician and parliamentary diarist, was born on 8 August 1589 at Berdwell Hall, West Harling, Norfolk, the eldest son of Sir Bassingbourne Gawdy (1560–1606) [see under Gawdy] and his first wife, Anne, daughter and coheir of Sir Charles Framlingham...

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Headlam, Sir Cuthbert Morley, baronet (1876–1964), politician and diarist, was born at Eccles, Lancashire, on 27 April 1876, the third of the five sons of Francis John Headlam (1829–1908), stipendiary magistrate of Manchester, and his wife, Matilda Ann (d. 1921), the daughter of ...

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Hobhouse, Sir Charles Edward Henry, fourth baronet (1862–1941), politician and diarist, was born on 30 June 1862 at Dormansland, near Lingfield, Surrey, the only son and third of six children of Sir Charles Parry Hobhouse, third baronet (1825–1916), Wiltshire landowner and former judge in the ...

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Perceval, John, first earl of Egmont (1683–1748), politician and diarist, was born at Burton, co. Cork, on 12 July 1683, the second son of Sir John Perceval, third baronet (d. 1686), and his wife, Catherine (d. 1692), the fourth daughter of ...

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John Perceval, first earl of Egmont (1683–1748) by John Smith, 1708 (after Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1704) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edward Henry Stanley, fifteenth earl of Derby (1826–1893) by Herbert Watkins, 1858 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stanley, Edward Henry, fifteenth earl of Derby (1826–1893), politician and diarist, was born on 21 July 1826 at Knowsley, the family seat in Lancashire, the eldest son of Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley (1799–1869), from 1851 the fourteenth earl of Derby, and his wife, ...

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Trelawny, Sir John Salusbury Salusbury-, ninth baronet (1816–1885), politician and diarist, was born at Harewood, Cornwall, on 2 June 1816, the elder son of Sir William Salusbury-Trelawny, the eighth baronet (1781–1856), MP for East Cornwall (1832–7), and his wife, Patience Christian (d...