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Robert Feilding (1650/5151–1712) by Jan van der Vaart, c.1678-79 (after Sir Peter Lely) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Feilding, Robert (1650/51–1712), rake and bigamist, was born at Solihull, Warwickshire, the son of George Feilding, landowner, a kinsman of the earl of Denbigh. Nothing is known about his mother. He was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1673, but upon inheriting £600...

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Panton, Thomas (d. 1685), gambler and rake, was the youngest son of John Panton, a Leicestershire gentleman living at Ashby-de-la-Zouch. When the nucleus of a regular army was formed by Charles II in 1661 Panton, who may have attended the king abroad and already enjoyed a titular colonelcy, obtained a commission in his majesty's ...

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Philip James Wharton, duke of Wharton and Jacobite duke of Northumberland (1698–1731) attrib. Joseph Highmore private collection in England. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Wharton, Philip James, duke of Wharton and Jacobite duke of Northumberland (1698–1731), rake and politician, was born Philip Wharton at either Adderbury or Ditchley, Oxfordshire, probably on 21 December 1698, the only son and heir of Thomas Wharton, fifth Baron Wharton and later first marquess of Wharton and Malmesbury and first marquess of Catherlough...