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Balfour, Arthur James, first earl of Balfour (1848–1930), prime minister and philosopher, was born on 25 July 1848 at Whittingehame House, East Lothian, the third of eight children and eldest son of James Maitland Balfour (1820–1856), landowner (and MP, 1841–7), and his wife, ...

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Arthur James Balfour, first earl of Balfour (1848–1930) by John Singer Sargent, 1908 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Hamilton- Gordon, fourth earl of Aberdeen (1784–1860) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1829–30 private collection

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Gordon, George Hamilton-, fourth earl of Aberdeen (1784–1860), prime minister and scholar, first child of six sons and a daughter of George Gordon, Lord Haddo (1764–1791), and his wife, Charlotte (or Charles; d. 1795), the youngest daughter of William Baird of Newbyth, Haddingtonshire...

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Home, Alexander Frederick [Alec] Douglas-, fourteenth earl of Home (disclaimed for life) and Baron Home of the Hirsel (1903–1995), prime minister, was born in London on 2 July 1903, the first child in a family of five sons and two daughters of Charles Cospatrick Archibald Douglas-Home, ...

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Alexander Frederick Douglas- Home, fourteenth earl of Home and Baron Home of the Hirsel (1903–1995) by Vivienne, 1950s © National Portrait Gallery, London