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Bruce, Thomas, second earl of Ailesbury (1656–1741), nobleman and memoirist  

Victor Stater

Bruce, Thomas, second earl of Ailesbury (1656–1741), nobleman and memoirist, was born on 26 September 1656, probably at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the fifth but first surviving son of Robert Bruce, first earl of Ailesbury (bap. 1626, d. 1685), and his wife, Diana (d...


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Byrd, William (1674–1744)  

Maker: Hans Hysing


William Byrd (1674–1744) attrib. Hans Hysing, c. 1725 The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia


Byrd, William (1674–1744), landowner and diarist  

Paul David Nelson

Byrd, William (1674–1744), landowner and diarist, was born on 28 March 1674 near the fall line of the James River, Virginia, the first of five children of William Byrd (1652–1704), colonial officer and planter, and Mary Horsmanden Filmer (1650–1699), a well-connected widow and daughter of ...


Davenport, William (bap. 1584, d. 1655), landowner and diarist  

John Morrill

Davenport, William (bap. 1584, d. 1655), landowner and diarist, was baptized in Stockport, Cheshire, on 25 March 1584, the son and heir of Sir William Davenport (1563–1627) of Bramhall and Dorothy Warren (fl. 1566?–1615), the daughter of a neighbouring gentleman. William Davenport...


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Lodge, Edmund (1756–1839)  

Maker: Lemuel Francis Abbott


Edmund Lodge (1756–1839) by Lemuel Francis Abbott, c. 1790–95 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Lodge, Edmund (1756–1839), herald and biographer  

Lucy Peltz

Lodge, Edmund (1756–1839), herald and biographer, was born on 13 June 1756, in Poland Street, London, the only surviving son of the Revd Edmund Lodge (c.1729–1781), rector of Carshalton in Surrey, and his wife, Mary Garrard, the daughter and sole heir of ...


Newdigate, John (1600–1642), gentleman and diarist  

Vivienne Larminie

Newdigate, John (1600–1642), gentleman and diarist, was born on 28 May 1600, the elder son and second child of John (later Sir John) Newdigate (1571–1610) [see under Newdigate, Anne], of Arbury, Warwickshire, and his wife, Anne Newdigate (1574–1618), daughter of Sir Edward Fitton (1548/9–1606)...


Oxinden [Oxenden], Henry (1609–1670), gentleman and letter-writer  

Sheila Hingley

Oxinden [Oxenden], Henry (1609–1670), gentleman and letter-writer, was born on 18 January 1609 at the house of Sir Adam Sprakeling in the parish of St Paul, Canterbury, the eldest son of Richard Oxinden (bap. 1588, d. 1629), gentleman, of Great Maydekin in the village of ...