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Ansell, Sir Michael Picton (1905–1994), army officer and showjumping administrator  

Wray Vamplew

Ansell, Sir Michael Picton (1905–1994), army officer and showjumping administrator, was born at The Curragh, co. Kildare, Ireland, on 26 March 1905, the son of George Kirkpatrick Ansell (d. 1914), then a major (later lieutenant-colonel) in the 6th dragoons, and his wife, ...

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Archer, Frederick James [Fred] (1857–1886), jockey  

Wray Vamplew

Archer, Frederick James [Fred] (1857–1886), jockey, born at St George's Cottage, Cheltenham, on 11 January 1857, was the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of William Archer, a steeplechase jockey who won the 1858 Grand National and who later became landlord of the ...

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Archer, Frederick James (1857–1886)  

Maker: H. R. Sherborn

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Frederick James Archer (1857–1886) by H. R. Sherborn © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Becher, Martin William [known as Captain Becher] (1797–1864), jockey  

Wray Vamplew

Becher, Martin William [known as Captain Becher] (1797–1864), jockey, born on 18 May 1797, possibly at Hillington, near King's Lynn, was the son of William Becher (d. 1816), an army man turned Norfolk farmer and horse-dealer. He secured a position in the ...

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Becher, Martin William [Captain Becher] (1797–1864)  

Maker: Bryan Edward Duppa

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Martin William Becher [Captain Becher] (1797–1864) by Bryan Edward Duppa, c. 1840s © Copyright The British Museum

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Beckford, Peter (1739/40–1811)  

Maker: Pompeo Batoni

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Peter Beckford (1739/4040–1811) by Pompeo Batoni, 1766 Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

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Beckford, Peter (1739/40–1811), dog breeder and writer on hunting  

Adrian N. Harvey

Beckford, Peter (1739/40–1811), dog breeder and writer on hunting, was the son of Julines Beckford (1717?–1764) of Steepleton Iwerne, Dorset, and Elizabeth, daughter of Solomon Ashley or Ashby, of Northamptonshire. His grandfather was Peter Beckford (bap. 1643, d. 1710), sugar planter and lieutenant-governor of ...

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Blenkiron, William (bap. 1871, d. 1871), racehorse breeder  

G. C. Boase

revised by Wray Vamplew

Blenkiron, William (bap. 1871, d. 1871), racehorse breeder, was born at Marrick, near Richmond, Yorkshire, where he was baptized on 17 July 1807, the son of Bartholomew Blenkiron (bap. 1766, d. 1847), a Swaledale farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth Close (...

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Blenkiron, William (1807?–1871)  

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William Blenkiron (1807?–1871) by unknown engraver, pubd 1871 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradley, Caroline Frances (1946–1983), showjumper  

Joyce Kay

Bradley, Caroline Frances (1946–1983), showjumper, was born on 4 April 1946 at North Oxford Nursing Home, 165 Banbury Road, Oxford, the younger daughter of John Thomas (Tom) Bradley, chartered surveyor and land agent, and (Frances) Doreen Good. She and her older sister, Judith...

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Bromley, (Lionel) Peter John Stuart (1929–2003), horse-racing commentator  

Joyce Kay

Bromley, (Lionel) Peter John Stuart (1929–2003), horse-racing commentator, was born on 30 April 1929 at 29 Derwent Road, West Derby, Liverpool, the son of Leonard Bromley, dental surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen Muriel, née Gibbs, who were then living at 51 Rocky Lane, Liverpool...

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Bromley, (Lionel) Peter John Stuart (1929–2003)  

Maker: Tom Hevezi

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(Lionel) Peter John Stuart Bromley (1929–2003) by Tom Hevezi, 2001 © Empics

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See under Brooke [née Gibson-Craig; other married name Searight], Dorothy Evelyn

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Brunton, Sir Gordon Charles (1921–2017), businessman  

Martin Vander Weyer

Brunton, Sir Gordon Charles (1921–2017), businessman, was born in Hackney, London, on 27 December 1921, the son of Charles Arthur John Brunton (1892–1953) — a box-office manager and cinema inspector whose parents had been actor–comedians — and his wife, Hylda, née Pritchard (...

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Buckle, Francis [Frank] (c. 1770–1832), jockey  

Dennis Brailsford

Buckle, Francis [Frank] (c. 1770–1832), jockey, was born at Newmarket, where his father was a saddler, and was apprenticed to Lord Grosvenor's horse-racing establishment, one of the most lavish at the sport's headquarters. Among his earliest major successes was victory in the 1792 Derby on a Scottish horse paradoxically named John Bull. In all he was to win twenty-seven classic races, including some notable doubles. His dual successes on Champion in the ...

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Bull, Phil (1910–1989), racehorse owner and punter  

Wray Vamplew

Bull, Phil (1910–1989), racehorse owner and punter, was born on 9 April 1910 at 3 Cemetery Road, Hemsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, the only son and eldest of the three children of William Osborne Bull (c.1870–1954), a coalminer who later became a sanitary inspector, and his wife, ...

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Bullows [married name Wright], Marjorie Avis, Lady Wright (1889–1980), showjumper and riding instructor  

Hannah Smith

Bullows [married name Wright], Marjorie Avis, Lady Wright (1889–1980), showjumper and riding instructor, was born at Ash Villas, Maney, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, on 26 September 1889, one of the four children of Ada Jane, née Shore (1860–1912), and her husband, ...

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Bunbury, Sir (Thomas) Charles, sixth baronet (1740–1821), horse-racing administrator and politician  

John Randall

Bunbury, Sir (Thomas) Charles, sixth baronet (1740–1821), horse-racing administrator and politician, was born in Suffolk (probably at Mildenhall) in May 1740, the elder son of the Revd Sir William Bunbury, fifth baronet (c.1710–1764), and his wife, Eleanor Graham (d...