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Bordley, John Beale (1727–1804), lawyer and agricultural improver in America, was born on 11 February 1727 in Annapolis, Maryland, the posthumous child of Thomas Bordley (c. 1683–1726), lawyer and government official, and his second wife, Ariana, née Vanderheyden (1690–1741), the widow of James Frisby...

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Canville [Camville], Sir Thomas de (d. 1234/5), landowner and justice, was the son of Hugh de Canville (d. c.1194) and his wife, Christiana, the daughter of William the Monk. His father's family had lands in several counties in southern England and ...

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Carroll, Charles [known as Charles Carroll the Settler] (1661–1720), planter and lawyer in America, was born in Ireland, the second son of Daniel Carroll of Aghagurty (b. in or before 1642, d. in or before 1688), tenant farmer. Historians use the appellation ...

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J. S. Cotton

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Cotton, Sir Henry (1821–1892), judge, was born at Walwood House, Leytonstone, on 20 May 1821, the second son of William Cotton (1786–1866) and his wife, Sarah Lane. Sarah Acland was his eldest sister and Agnes Cotton his youngest. He was educated at Eton College...

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Dickinson, Samuel (1690–1760), planter and jurist in America, was born on 9 March 1690 at Croisadore plantation, Talbot county, on the eastern shore of Maryland, the third and only surviving child of William Dickinson (1658–1717), planter, and his wife, Elizabeth Powell. His father, the son of an immigrant from ...

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Field [née Lowinsky], Xenia Noelle (1894–1998), prison reformer and horticulturist, was born in Secunderabad, India, on 25 December 1894, the daughter of Thomas Hermann Lowinsky (d. 1932), general manager of the Hyderabad–Deccan mines, and his wife. Xenia's unusual Christian names reflected the fact that her mother liked the sound of Russian words and that she was born on Christmas day. A year later the family returned to ...

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Fortescue, Sir Adrian (c. 1481–1539), landowner and alleged traitor, was the second son of Sir John Fortescue (d. 1500) of Punsborne, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and Alice, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn (and great-aunt of Anne Boleyn). Sir John had arranged for ...

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Fulton, Thomas Wemyss [formerly Wemyss Alexander Thomas Fulton] (1855–1929), fisheries authority and ocean law publicist, was born on 3 July 1855 at Cramond, near Edinburgh, the fifth son of Hugh Fulton, (b. 1806/7), a pier master, and Elizabeth, née Cumming. He was the seventh child and was named ...

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Graham, Sir Robert, of Kinpont (d. 1437), landowner and assassin, was the third son of Patrick Graham of Kincardine and his second wife, Euphemia, daughter of John Stewart of Ralston. Possibly intended for the church, he was educated at the University of Paris...

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G. P. Moriarty

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Hodge, Arthur (d. 1811), planter in the West Indies and murderer, is of unknown parentage. About 1792 he inherited the Belle Vue estate in Tortola, one of the Virgin Islands then within the British colony of the Leeward Islands. He married Ann (...

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Hooper, Henry (c. 1687–1767), planter, lawyer, and politician in America, was born in Dorchester county, Maryland, the son of Henry Hooper (c.1643–1720), planter and politician, and his second wife, Mary (1663–1740), daughter of Roger Woolford. A third-generation Marylander, Hooper was a member of a prominent eastern shore family and a man of considerable influence. While little is known about his early life and formal education, he was a practising member of the ...

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Thomas Kennedy, ninth earl of Cassillis (1726–1775) by William Mosman, 1746 Culzean Castle collection; courtesy of The National Trust for Scotland

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Kennedy, Thomas, ninth earl of Cassillis (1726–1775), smuggler and landowner, was born on 12 February 1726, the seventeenth child and second surviving son of Sir John Kennedy of Culzean, second baronet (d. 1742), and Jean Douglas (d. 1767), daughter of Andrew Douglas...

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Kingston, Sir Anthony (c. 1508–1556), landowner and conspirator, was the only son of Sir William Kingston (d. 1540) of Elmore and Painswick, Gloucestershire. Since he began to acquire stewardships and other minor offices in Gloucestershire in 1528, Anthony was probably born about 1508, or perhaps a little earlier. Nothing is known of his upbringing, but the conventional education of the son of a substantial gentleman and courtier can be assumed. His first significant preferment was as keeper of ...

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Kitchen, Jane (d. 1658), farmer and parish constable, lived in Upton by Southwell in Nottinghamshire. Nothing is known of her early life. In 1619 she married John Kitchen (d. 1643), yeoman and churchwarden, son of John Kitchen of Upton, outside the parish of ...

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Littleton, Edward (bap. 1625, d. 1702), planter and judge in Barbados, was baptized on 21 December 1625 in Stoke St Milborough, Shropshire, the son of Sir Adam Littleton (d. 1647), son of Thomas Littleton, and his wife Frances Lutley. His mother was ...

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James Loch (1780–1855) by James Posselwhite, pubd 1850 (after George Richmond, 1845) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Loch, James (1780–1855), lawyer and estate commissioner, was born on 7 May 1780 at Drylaw, near Edinburgh, the eldest son of George Loch (1749–1788), landowner, and his wife, Mary Adam. His mother was daughter of John Adam of Blair, Kinross-shire, and sister of lord chief-commissioner ...

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Logan, Robert, of Restalrig (1555–1606), landowner and conspirator, was the only son of Sir Robert Logan (c.1533–1561), sixth laird of Restalrig, and his wife, Agnes Gray (c.1540–1585), daughter of Patrick Gray, fourth Lord Gray. He was descended from a family of ...

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Lowther, Sir John (1582–1637), landowner and barrister, was born at Lowther, Westmorland, on 4 February 1582 and baptized in Lowther church on 24 February, the second (but first surviving) son in the family of eight sons and one daughter of Sir Christopher Lowther (1557–1617)...