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Ashworth [married name Jewill-Rogers], Mary Howard [May] (1863–1928), businesswoman and official typist to the houses of parliament  

Mari Takayanagi

Ashworth [married name Jewill-Rogers], Mary Howard [May] (1863–1928), businesswoman and official typist to the houses of parliament, was born in the vicarage at Holme Abbey, Cumberland, on 10 February 1863, the eldest of seven children of Arthur Ashworth (1834–1874), vicar of Holme Cultram...

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Booth, Sir Michael Addison John Wheeler- (1934–2018), clerk of the parliaments  

John Michael Davies

Booth, Sir Michael Addison John Wheeler- (1934–2018), clerk of the parliaments, was born Michael Addison Wheeler at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead on 25 February 1934, the son of Addison James Wheeler (1881–1967), schoolmaster, and his second wife, (Mary) Angela, ...

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Bowyer, Robert (c. 1560–1621), parliamentary official and politician  

Alan Davidson

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Bowyer, Robert (c. 1560–1621), parliamentary official and politician, was the younger son of William Bowyer (d. 1569/70) of Wimbledon, Surrey, bailiff of Westminster and keeper of the records in the Tower, and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Sir John Harcourt of Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire...

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Browne, John (c. 1608–1691), parliamentary official  

J. C. Sainty

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Browne, John (c. 1608–1691), parliamentary official, was the only child of Thomas Browne (d. 1621), citizen and grocer of London, and his wife, Joan, whose surname may have been Wilson. He belonged to a family which originated at Bury St Edmunds. On his father's death in 1621 he was adopted by his uncle ...

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Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader  

J. E. M. Cameron

Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader, was born on 30 January 1925 in Creagh, near Bellaghy, County Londonderry, the eldest of three children of (Harold Matthew) Stuart Catherwood (1899–1973), haulier and bus company owner, and his wife ...

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Cherry, Sir Benjamin Lennard (1869–1932), lawyer and parliamentary draftsman  

Francis Bennion

Cherry, Sir Benjamin Lennard (1869–1932), lawyer and parliamentary draftsman, was born on 30 August 1869 at Yardley Gobion, Northamptonshire, the son of the Revd Benjamin Newman Cherry of Clipsham rectory, Oakham, and his wife, Rosa Georgina Barrett Lennard. He was educated at Winchester College...

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Cowper, Henry (c. 1753–1840)  

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Henry Cowper (c. 1753–1840) by Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey, 1828 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Cowper, Henry (1754–1840), clerk assistant of the House of Lords  

J. C. Sainty

Cowper, Henry (1754–1840), clerk assistant of the House of Lords, was born on 22 May 1754 and baptized at St Marylebone, London, on 2 June 1754, the youngest of the four children (a daughter and three sons) of Lieutenant-General Spencer Cowper (c...

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Dyson, Jeremiah (1722?–1776), clerk of the House of Commons and politician  

Peter D. G. Thomas

Dyson, Jeremiah (1722?–1776), clerk of the House of Commons and politician, was the eldest son of Jeremiah Dyson of Bartholomew Close, London, from whom in 1730 he inherited extensive estates in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Bedfordshire. Horace Walpole's description of his father as '...

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Elsynge, Henry (bap. 1577, d. 1635), parliamentary official  

J. C. Sainty

Elsynge, Henry (bap. 1577, d. 1635), parliamentary official, belonged to a family that came originally from Duxworth in Cambridgeshire and was baptized on 21 August 1577 at St Dunstan-in-the-West, London. He was the eldest of the three sons and second of the four children of another ...

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Elsynge [Elsyng], Henry (bap. 1606, d. 1656), clerk of the House of Commons  

J. C. Sainty

Elsynge [Elsyng], Henry (bap. 1606, d. 1656), clerk of the House of Commons, was baptized on 2 March 1606 at St Dunstan-in-the-West, London, the elder of the two surviving sons of Henry Elsynge (bap. 1577, d. 1635), clerk of the parliaments, and his wife, ...

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Fellowes, Sir Edward Abdy (1895–1970), clerk of the House of Commons  

David Lidderdale

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Fellowes, Sir Edward Abdy (1895–1970), clerk of the House of Commons, was born in London on 23 June 1895, the elder son of William Gordon Fellowes, barrister, of 17 Onslow Gardens, London, and his wife, Marian Augusta Hamilton. He was educated at Marlborough College...

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Harrison, Sir William Montagu Graham- (1871–1949), parliamentary draftsman  

Jason Tomes

Harrison, Sir William Montagu Graham- (1871–1949), parliamentary draftsman, was born William Montagu Harrison on 4 February 1871 at Charlton, Kent, the youngest child of Captain Thomas Arthur John Harrison, Royal Artillery, then stationed at Woolwich, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Thompson. From Wellington College...

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Hatsell, John (1733–1820), clerk of the House of Commons  

Thompson Cooper

revised by Clare Wilkinson

Hatsell, John (1733–1820), clerk of the House of Commons, was born on 22 December 1733, the eldest son of Henry Hatsell (bap. 1702), lawyer, and Penelope, daughter of Sir James Robinson of Cranford Hall, Kettering, Northamptonshire. He was baptized on 3 January 1734...

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Ilbert, Sir Courtenay Peregrine (1841–1924), parliamentary draftsman, administrator in India, and legal writer  

R. C. J. Cocks

Ilbert, Sir Courtenay Peregrine (1841–1924), parliamentary draftsman, administrator in India, and legal writer, was born at Kingsbridge, Devon, on 12 June 1841, the eldest of six sons of the Revd Peregrine Arthur Ilbert, rector of Thurlestone, Devon, and his wife, Rose Anne, daughter of ...

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Mabbott, Gilbert (bap. 1622, d. in or after 1670), parliamentary official and newsletter writer  

Frances Henderson

Mabbott, Gilbert (bap. 1622, d. in or after 1670), parliamentary official and newsletter writer, was baptized at St Mary's, Nottingham, on 8 September 1622, the son of Edward Mabbott, probably a cordwainer, of Nottingham. His mother was possibly Margaret Watson. As an assistant in early 1643 to ...

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May, Thomas Erskine, Baron Farnborough (1815–1886), clerk of the House of Commons  

William McKay

May, Thomas Erskine, Baron Farnborough (1815–1886), clerk of the House of Commons, was born in Kentish Town, London, on 8 February 1815, the son (according to the baptismal record) of Thomas May, attorney, and his wife, Sarah. A connection with the former lord chancellor ...

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May, Thomas Erskine, Baron Farnborough (1815–1886)  

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Thomas Erskine May, Baron Farnborough (1815–1886) by R. Taylor, pubd 1886 (after James Russell & Sons) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McAlpine, (Robert) Alistair, Baron McAlpine of West Green (1942–2014), businessman, art collector, and Conservative Party official  

George Ireland

McAlpine, (Robert) Alistair, Baron McAlpine of West Green (1942–2014), businessman, art collector, and Conservative Party official, was born on 14 May 1942 at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, the second of three sons and third of four children of Robert Edwin McAlpine...

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Midwinter [married name Midwinter-Vergin], Kathleen Margaret [Kay] (1909–1995), first female clerk in the House of Commons and United Nations official  

Mari Takayanagi

Midwinter [married name Midwinter-Vergin], Kathleen Margaret [Kay] (1909–1995), first female clerk in the House of Commons and United Nations official, was born at 38 Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, on 6 March 1909, the only daughter and elder of two children of Stanley Clive Midwinter (1881–1959)...