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William Aislabie (1699/17001700–1781) by Jonathan Richardson The Burghley House Collection

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Aislabie, William (1699/1700–1781), landscape designer and landowner, was probably born at Studley Royal in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of John Aislabie (1670–1742), politician, and his first wife, Anne (d. 1700), daughter of Sir William Rawlinson of Hendon, Middlesex. Details of his education are unknown, beyond that he went on a grand tour in 1720. In 1721 he was returned as an MP for ...

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Archer, Thomas (1668/9–1743), architect and courtier, was born at Umberslade Hall, Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire, the youngest son of Thomas Archer (1617/18–1685), and his wife, Anne (1632/3–1685). His father was a country gentleman who had held a colonelcy in the parliamentary army and at the Restoration became MP for the county; his grandfather ...

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Baker, William [name in religion Anselm] (1833–1885), heraldic artist and mural painter, was born in Birmingham on 23 January 1833, the son of Thomas Baker, a coach painter. He appears to have worked as a gun-stocker, and he learned to paint and draw at the ...

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Browne, Thomas (1702–1780), herald and land surveyor, was born in Derby, the second son of John Browne of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He was first employed as surveyor to John Warburton, Somerset herald, and then to the dukes of Beaufort. He entered the College of Arms...

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Clark, Hugh (1745–1822), heraldic engraver, was born on 17 March 1745 and baptized on 31 March 1745 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, the son of Hugh Clark, cordwainer, and Grisseld Matheson. On 11 June 1760 he was apprenticed to Thomas Orpin, a goldsmith in the ...

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Cook, Ernest Edward (1865–1955), art collector and preservationist, was born at Camberwell, London, on 4 September 1865, the second of the three sons of John Mason Cook (1834–1899), travel agent [see under Cook, Thomas], and Emma, daughter of Thomas William Hodges...

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Crane, Sir Francis (c. 1579–1636), courtier and tapestry manufacturer, is first recorded in 1606. His name does not appear in registers of admissions to Oxford, Cambridge, or the inns of court until 1619, when he was admitted to Gray's Inn. A memorial tablet in the church at ...

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Mary Delany (1700–1788) by John Opie, 1782 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Delany [née Granville; other married name Pendarves], Mary (1700–1788), court favourite and artist, was born at Coulston, Wiltshire, on 14 May 1700. The elder daughter of Bernard Granville (1671–1723) and his wife, Mary Westcomb (d. 1747), she was widely connected in court and political circles. Her father's elder brother was ...

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Germain [née Berkeley], Lady Elizabeth [Betty] (1680–1769), courtier and art collector, was the second daughter in the family of four sons and three daughters of Charles Berkeley, second earl of Berkeley (1649–1710), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1719), daughter of Baptist Noel, ...

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William Herbert, third earl of Pembroke (1580–1630) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck Collection of the Earl of Pembroke and Trustees of Wilton House Trust, Wilton House, Salisbury, UK

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Herbert, William, third earl of Pembroke (1580–1630), courtier and patron of the arts, was the son of Henry Herbert, second earl of Pembroke (b. in or after 1538, d. 1601), and his third wife, Mary Sidney (1561–1621) [see Herbert, Mary, countess of Pembroke...

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Hewett, Sir Thomas (1656–1726), architect and landowner, was born on 9 September 1656, eldest son of William Hewett, landowner, and Mary, daughter of Sir Richard Prince. After schooling at Shrewsbury School and Christ Church, Oxford, he travelled extensively on the continent, visiting France...

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Henrietta Howard, countess of Suffolk (c. 1688–1767) attrib. Charles Jervas ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard [née Hobart; other married name Berkeley], Henrietta, countess of Suffolk (c. 1688–1767), mistress of George II and architectural patron, was the third daughter of Sir Henry Hobart, fourth baronet (1657/8–1698), of Blickling, Norfolk, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1701), the daughter and coheir of ...

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Kennedy, David, tenth earl of Cassillis (1727–1792), patron of architecture and landowner, was born on 25 June 1727, the eighteenth child and third surviving son of Sir John Kennedy of Culzean, second baronet (d. 1742), and Jean Douglas (d. 1767), daughter of ...

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Longmate, Barak (1737/8–1793), genealogical editor and heraldic engraver, was the only son of Barak Longmate (d. 1763/4), of the parish of St James's, Piccadilly, who was descended from a Lincolnshire family, and his first wife, Elizabeth Weston. His mother seems to have died soon after his birth, and certainly before 29 October 1741, when his father married ...

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Malcolm, John, of Poltalloch (1805–1893), art collector and landowner, was the second surviving son of Neill Malcolm (1769–1837), twelfth laird of Poltalloch [see under Malcolm family of Poltalloch], who owned extensive landed estates in Argyll and sugar plantations in Jamaica, and his wife, ...

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Methuen, Paul Ayshford, fourth Baron Methuen (1886–1974), painter and landowner, was born on 29 September 1886 at Corsham, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, the eldest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of Field Marshal Paul Sanford Methuen, third Baron Methuen of Corsham...