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Alexander, William, first earl of Stirling (1577–1640), poet and politician, was born probably at Menstrie Castle in Clackmannanshire, the only son (there were four daughters) of Alexander Alexander (d. 1581) and Marion, daughter of Gilbert Graham of Gartavertane. His descent has been traced from the lords of the ...

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William Alexander, first earl of Stirling (1577–1640) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Boswell, Sir Alexander, first baronet (1775–1822), poet and politician, was born on 9 October 1775 at James's Court, Edinburgh, the first son of James Boswell (1740–1795), the biographer of Samuel Johnson, and his wife, Margaret (1738?–1789) [see Boswell, Margaret Montgomerie], daughter of ...

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Sir Alexander Boswell, first baronet (1775–1822) by Sir Martin Archer Shee private collection; © reserved in the photograph

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Brooke, Christopher (c. 1570–1628), politician and poet, was the son of Robert Brooke (c.1531–1599), a wealthy York merchant and alderman, and Jane (d. 1604), daughter of Christopher Maltby, a York draper. Robert Brooke was twice lord mayor of York (1582, 1595) and represented the city in the 1584 and 1586 ...

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Sir James Bland Burges, first baronet (1752–1824) by Jean Laurent Mosnier, 1791 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burges [later Lamb], Sir James Bland, first baronet (1752–1824), politician and poet, was born on 8 June 1752 in Gibraltar, where his father, George Burges (1725–1786), was deputy paymaster; his mother was Anne Whichnor Somerville, eldest daughter of the twelfth Baron Somerville...

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George Canning (1770–1827) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1825 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Canning, George (1770–1827), prime minister and parodist, was born in Marylebone, Middlesex, on 11 April 1770, the son of George Canning (1736–1771) and his wife, Mary Ann Costello (1747?–1827). His parents were both Irish; he described himself as 'an Irishman born in London...

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Caryll, John, Jacobite first Baron Caryll of Durford (bap. 1626, d. 1711), poet and politician, was probably born at West Harting, Sussex, and was baptized on 2 November 1626, the son of John Caryll (1603–1681), head of an old Roman Catholic family settled in ...

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Champion, Anthony (1725–1801), poet and politician, was born at Croydon, Surrey, on 5 February 1725, the son of Peter Champion, a merchant of St Columb, Cornwall, and his wife, Catherine. He received his early education at Cheam School before attending Eton College from 1739 to 1742. While at ...

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Francis Egerton, first earl of Ellesmere (1800–1857) by Edwin Longsden Long © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Egerton [formerly Leveson-Gower], Francis, first earl of Ellesmere (1800–1857), politician and poet, was born at 21 Arlington Street, Piccadilly, London, on 1 January 1800. He was the younger son of George Granville Leveson-Gower, second marquess of Stafford (1758–1833), politician and art patron, who was created ...

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Fitzpatrick, Richard (1748–1813), army officer, politician, and poet, was born on 24 January 1748, the second son of John Fitzpatrick, second Baron Gowran in the peerage of Ireland (1719–1758) who was created earl of Upper Ossory in 1751, and his wife, Evelyn (1725–1763)...

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Richard Fitzpatrick (1748–1813) by Henry R. Cook (after William Lane, in or before 1813) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert Graham of Gartmore (1735–1797) by Sir Henry Raeburn, c. 1794 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Graham [later Cunninghame Graham], Robert, of Gartmore (1735–1797), politician and poet, was born at Gartmore, Perthshire, the second son of Nicol or Nicolas Graham (1694/5–1775), laird of Gartmore, and Lady Margaret Cunninghame (1703/4–1789), daughter of William, twelfth earl of Glencairn. Robert and his elder brother ...

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Hammond, James (1710–1742), politician and poet, was born on 22 May 1710; he was the second son of Anthony Hammond (1668–1738) of Somersham Place, Huntingdonshire, and Jane (1677–1749), daughter of Sir Walter Clarges (1654–1706) and granddaughter of Sir Thomas Clarges (d. 1695). Both parents were wits; ...

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Bertha Porter

Reviser H. C. G. Matthew

Hanmer, John, Baron Hanmer (1809–1881), poet and politician, was born on 22 December 1809 at Hanmer; he was the son of Thomas Hanmer, colonel of the Royal Flintshire militia, who died in 1818, and Arabella Charlotte, daughter of Thomas Skip Dyot Bucknell MP...

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Charlotte Fell-Smith

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Leatham, William Henry (1815–1889), poet and politician, was born at Wakefield on 6 July 1815, the second of nine children of William Leatham, banker and author of Letters on the Currency (1840), and his wife, Margaret, née Walker. One of his sisters later became the wife of the ...