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Downing, Sir George, third baronet (1685–1749), benefactor of Downing College, Cambridge, was born at East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, the only son of Sir George Downing, second baronet (d. 1711), and Catherine (d. 1688), eldest daughter of James, third earl of Salisbury. His grandfather was ...

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Mansbridge, Albert (1876–1952), founder of the Workers' Educational Association, was born in Albert Cottages, India House Lane, Gloucester, on 10 January 1876, the youngest of the four sons of Thomas Mansbridge (d. 1911) and his wife, Frances Thomas (d. 1902). The family, active co-operators and Congregationalists, moved to ...

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Radcliffe [née Sidney], Frances, countess of Sussex (1531?–1589), benefactor of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, was reputedly born in 1531, the fourth daughter of Sir William Sidney (c. 1482–1554) [see under Sidney, Sir Henry (1529-1586)] and his wife, Anne (...

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Rustat, Tobias (bap. 1608, d. 1694), courtier and benefactor, was baptized on 17 September 1608 in Barrow-on-Soar, Leicestershire, the last of seven children of the Revd Robert Rustat (1567–1637) and Alice Snoden (d. 1660?), sister of Robert Snoden, bishop of Carlisle. Heraldic evidence suggests the name ...

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Yale, Elihu (1649–1721), merchant and administrator in India and benefactor, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 5 April 1649, the second son of David Yale (1614–1690) of Denbighshire, merchant, and Ursula Yale (b. c.1624). In 1652 Elihu's family returned to Britain...