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Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840–1922) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen (1840–1922), hedonist, poet, and breeder of Arab horses, was born at Petworth House, Sussex, on 17 August 1840, the second son of the three children of Francis Scawen Blunt (1790–1842) of Crabbet Park, Poundhill, and Newbuildings Place, Southwater, Sussex, and his wife, ...

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Alfred Hyman Louis (1829–1915) by Histed © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Louis, Alfred Hyman (1829–1915), scholar and visionary vagrant, was born in 1829 in Birmingham, the eldest son of Hyman Tobias (or Tobar) Louis, a well-to-do merchant, and his wife, Maria. At fifteen he entered King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he began long friendships with ...

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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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See Pilkington, William

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Summers, (Augustus) Montague [name in religion Alphonsus Joseph-Mary] (1880–1948), literary scholar, occultist, and eccentric, was born in Pembroke Lodge, Clifton, near Bristol, on 10 April 1880, the youngest of the seven children of Augustus William Summers, a wealthy banker, and his wife, ...

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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...