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Beresford, Henry de la Poer, third marquess of Waterford (1811–1859), reprobate and landowner, was born on 26 April 1811 at 5 Mansfield Street, Marylebone, Middlesex, the second son of Henry de la Poer Beresford, second marquess of Waterford (1772–1826), and his wife, Lady Susanna Hussey Carpenter (1784–1827)...

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Briouze, Loretta de, countess of Leicester (d. in or after 1266), noblewoman and recluse, was one of the children of William (III) de Briouze (d. 1211) and Matilda de St Valéry (d. 1210). Her father was a great man in the Anglo-Welsh marches, and four of her five sisters who survived into adulthood married Welsh or marcher lords; notably ...

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Clare, Margaret de, countess of Gloucester (1291/2?–1342), noblewoman and heiress, was the second daughter of Gilbert de Clare, earl of Gloucester and of Hertford (1243–1295), and his wife, Joan of Acre (1272–1307), daughter of Edward I. She was reportedly twenty-two years old at the time of the death at ...

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Charles Dartiquenave (bap. 1664?, d. 1737) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1702 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dartiquenave, Charles (bap. 1664?, d. 1737), epicure and courtier, was rumoured to be the illegitimate child of Charles II, though there is no substantial evidence for a claim that was subsequently derided in later eighteenth- and nineteenth-century accounts of his life. It is elsewhere suggested that he was the pupil of a French émigré family, whose name he adopted (...

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Elwes [formerly Meggott], John (1714–1789), landowner and eccentric, was born on 7 April 1714 in the parish of St James, Westminster, the son of Robert Meggott (d. 1718), landowner and brewer, and his wife, Amee (Amy; d. 1754), daughter of Gervase Elwes...

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John Elwes (1714–1789) by unknown engraver ? National Portrait Gallery, London / Country Life Picture Library

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Henry Hastings (bap. 1562, d. 1650) by unknown artist private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Hastings, Henry (bap. 1562, d. 1650), landowner and eccentric, was the second son of George Hastings (d. 1604), who in 1595 became fourth earl of Huntingdon, and his wife, Dorothy Port (d. 1607). His epitaph states that he died on 5 October 1650, aged ninety-nine, so indicating that he was born in 1550 or 1551, but this exaggerates his age. His parents were married in 1557, his elder brother was born in 1560, and ...

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Howard [née Mordaunt; other married name Germain], Mary, duchess of Norfolk (1658/9–1705), noblewoman and divorcee, was the only daughter and heir of Henry Mordaunt, second earl of Peterborough (bap. 1623, d. 1697), and his wife, Lady Penelope (c.1622–1702), daughter of ...

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Lady Sarah Napier (1745–1826) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1762 Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Kimball Collection, 1922.4468 The Art Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved

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Napier [née Lennox; other married name Bunbury], Lady Sarah (1745–1826), noblewoman and society beauty, was born on 14 February 1745, the sixth of the seven surviving children of Charles Lennox, second duke of Richmond and Lennox (1701–1750), and Sarah (1706–1751), daughter of ...

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Richard Nash (1674–1761) by Nathaniel Hone, 1750 ? The Trustees of the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath

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Nash, Richard [known as Beau Nash] (1674–1761), master of ceremonies and social celebrity, was born on 18 October 1674 at St Mary's Street, Swansea, the son of Richard Nash, a glass maker of modest means, and his wife, the niece of the royalist army officer ...

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Skeffington, Clotworthy, second earl of Massereene (1742–1805), landowner and debtor, was the son of Clotworthy Skeffington, sixth viscount and first earl of Massereene (d. 1757), and his second wife, Anne, daughter of Henry Eyre of Rowter, Derbyshire. He was born on 28 January 1742 in ...

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Tennant, Colin Christopher Paget, third Baron Glenconner (1926–2010), socialite and landowner was born on 1 December 1926 at 76 Sloane Street, Chelsea, the eldest son of Christopher Grey Tennant, second Baron Glenconner (1899–1983), and his wife, Pamela Winifred (1903–1989), daughter of Sir Richard Arthur Surtees Paget...

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Vere, John de, sixteenth earl of Oxford (1516–1562), magnate and rake, was the eldest of four sons (there were also four daughters) of John de Vere fifteenth earl of Oxford (1482–1540), and his second wife, Elizabeth Trussell (b. 1496, d...