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Blackwood, Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-, first marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826–1902), diplomatist, was born on 21 June 1826, in via Maggio, Florence, Italy, the only child of Price Blackwood (1794–1841), formerly captain in the Royal Navy, afterwards fourth Baron Dufferin and Claneboye in the Irish peerage, and his wife, ...

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Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple- Blackwood, first marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826–1902) by George Frederic Watts, 1881 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Booth, Bartholomew (bap. 1732, d. 1785), Church of England clergyman and schoolmaster, was born at Mellor, Derbyshire, where he was baptized in the village chapel on 7 October 1732, the son of Bartholomew Booth (d. 1750), the village schoolmaster. His family appears to have belonged to a cadet branch of the ...

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Godkin, Edwin Lawrence (1831–1902), journal editor and publicist, born on 2 October 1831 at his maternal grandmother's house at Moyne, co. Wicklow, was of English descent, the eldest child of James Godkin (1806–1879), Presbyterian minister and journalist with strong Irish nationalist sympathies, and his wife, ...

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George Jamesone (1589/9090–1644) self-portrait, c. 1642–3 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Jamesone, George (1589/90–1644), portrait painter, was born in Aberdeen between the autumn of 1589 and the summer of 1590, the third son and fourth child of a master mason, Andrew Jamesone, and his wife, Marjory Anderson. Both of these families were prosperous and well established in the city. ...

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Kingsford, William (1819–1898), civil engineer and historian, born on 23 December 1819 in the parish of St Lawrence Jewry, London, was the son of William Kingsford, innkeeper of Lad Lane, London, and his wife, Elizabeth. Educated at Nicholas Wanostrocht's Alfred House Academy in ...

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Lewis, Sarah (fl. 1839–1848), was a writer on the status of women, about whom no biographical information has come to light apart from a comment by T. M. Rearden in the Congregational Magazine of 1840 that she was 'a lady known in Episcopalian circles'. ...

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Louisa Cranstoun Nisbett (1812–1858) by James Godsell Middleton, exh. RA 1838 [as Neighbour Constance in The Love Chase by Sheridan Knowles] Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

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Nisbett [née Macnamara; other married name Boothby], Louisa Cranstoun (1812–1858), actress, was born on 1 April 1812 in Balls Pond, Hackney, Middlesex, one of the three daughters of Frederick Hayes Macnamara and his wife, Jane Elizabeth, née Williams. Her aunt was Lady Cranstoun...

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Ross, Sir William Charles (1794–1860), miniature painter, was born on 3 June 1794, the elder son of William Ross (d. after 1842), miniature painter, and his wife, Maria (1766–1836), daughter of William Smith, silk merchant, and Mary Hoole, of Bow, London. Ross...

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Sir William Charles Ross (1794–1860) by Hugh Ross, exh. RA 1843 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Schiff, Sydney Alfred [pseud. Stephen Hudson] (1868–1944), novelist, translator, and patron of the arts, was born in London, the illegitimate child of Alfred George Schiff (c.1840–1908), a stockbroker, and Caroline Mary Ann Eliza Cavell, née Scates (1842–c.1896). Caroline...

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Theal, George McCall (1837–1919), historian and civil servant, was born on 11 April 1837 at Saint John, New Brunswick, where his United Empire Loyalist forebears had settled. He was the eldest of the nine children of William Young Theal, a doctor, and his wife, ...