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John Victor Aspinall (1926–2000) by Snowdon, 1973 Snowdon / Vogue / Camera Press, London

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Aspinall, John Victor (1926–2000), gambler and zoo owner, was born on 11 June 1926 at Delhi, India, the second son of Mary Grace (1904–1987), daughter of Clement Samuel Horn, engineer, and wife of Colonel Robert Stivala Aspinall (1895–1954), of the Indian Medical Service (IMS), serving in ...

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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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Charteris, Francis (c. 1665–1732), gambler and rake, was born in or near Edinburgh, probably about 1665 (some ten years earlier than the 1675 date inferred from the Edinburgh obituary printed in many London newspapers shortly after his death), the son of John Charteris (...

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Francis Charteris (c. 1665–1732) by George White ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cotton, Sir St Vincent, sixth baronet (1801–1863), sportsman and gambler, was born at Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridgeshire, on 6 October 1801, the fourth child and second (but eldest surviving) son of Admiral Sir Charles Cotton (1753–1812) and his wife, Philadelphia (1762/3–1855), eldest daughter of ...

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Freind, William (1668/9–1745), Church of England clergyman and lottery winner, was born probably at Croughton, Northamptonshire, where his father, William Freind (1634–1689), was rector; his mother was Anne Freind, née Smith (d. 1722). Robert Freind (1666/7–1751) and John Freind (1675–1728) were his brothers. He was educated at ...

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See Lowther, John, first Viscount Lonsdale

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Lucas, Theophilus (fl. 1714), writer on gambling, inherited, according to his own assertion, an estate of £2000 a year, which he lost at the gaming tables. To deter his son, who was the 'very next heir to £1,500 per annum by the death of an uncle' (...

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See Henry Frederick, Prince, duke of Cumberland and Strathearn

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MacKay, Peter Carl [called Ras Prince Monolulu] (1881–1965), racing tipster, claimed to have been born in Addis Ababa, Abyssinia, the son of a chieftain of a Jewish tribe. In later life he certainly knew some Yiddish, which he had acquired from a Jewish employer. Recent research has established, however, that he was born on 26 October 1881 on the island of ...

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Peter Carl MacKay (1881–1965) by Karl Pollak, 1948 ? reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ogle, John (c. 1652/3–c. 1692), wit and gambler, was born the youngest son of a gentleman at Ashburton in Devon, although one early nineteenth-century chapbook states Northampton. He was educated at Exeter, where he was trained in the arts of gentlemanly comportment, and he excelled at those equestrian displays of chivalry known to contemporaries as 'riding the great horse'. His father died when he was young, and he inherited nearly ...

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Panton, Thomas (d. 1685), gambler and rake, was the youngest son of John Panton, a Leicestershire gentleman living at Ashby-de-la-Zouch. When the nucleus of a regular army was formed by Charles II in 1661 Panton, who may have attended the king abroad and already enjoyed a titular colonelcy, obtained a commission in his majesty's ...

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Payne, George (1803–1878), racehorse owner and gambler, was born at Northampton on 3 April 1803, the elder son in the family of two sons and two daughters of George Payne of Sulby Hall, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Mary Eleanor, daughter of Ralph William Grey...

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Schapiro, Boris (1909–2002), bridge player and gambler, was born in Riga, Latvia, on 22 August 1909 (9 August old style), into a wealthy Jewish family of horse dealers, the son of a Russian-speaking father, Herman Schapiro, and a German-speaking mother. After the German invasion of ...

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Whaley, Thomas (1766–1800), politician and gambler, was born in Dublin on 15 December 1766, the eldest surviving son of the seven children of Richard Chapel Whaley (c.1700–1769) of Dublin and Whaley Abbey, co. Wicklow, and his second wife, Anne (b...