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Berenger, Richard (bap. 1719, d. 1782), courtier and equestrian, was baptized on 17 December 1719 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, the eldest of the three sons of Moses Berenger, a wealthy London merchant, and Penelope, youngest daughter of Sir Richard Temple, third baronet (1634–1697)...

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Davis [Davies; married name Paisible], Mary [Moll] (c. 1651–1708), actress and royal mistress, was said to be 'a bastard of Collonell Howard, my Lord Barkeshire' (Pepys, 9.24), a phrase which is more likely to refer to Thomas Howard (bap...

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Eleanor Gwyn (1651?–1687) by Gerard Valck, c. 1673 (after Sir Peter Lely, c. 1670) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gwyn, Eleanor [Nell] (1651?–1687), actress and royal mistress, was born, according to a contemporary horoscope, on 2 February 1651. Her parentage remains obscure, as does her place of birth. Nell had a sister named Rose and her mother was Helena (d...

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Howard, George Anthony Geoffrey, Baron Howard of Henderskelfe (1920–1984), landowner and chairman of the BBC, was born on 22 May 1920 at 32 Chester Square, London, the second of three sons of the Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard (1877–1935) and his wife, Ethel Christian Methuen (1889–1932)...

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Hughes, Margaret [Peg] (d. 1719), actress and royal mistress, is of unknown origins, but as her brother had the same surname it is unlikely that she ever married. It is possible that Margaret Hughes was among the first group of actresses to join the ...

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Killigrew, Charles (1655–1724/5), theatre manager and master of the revels, was born at Maestricht on 29 December 1655. He was the first son of Thomas Killigrew (1612–1683), dramatist, groom of the bedchamber (1661–83), and master of the revels (1673–7), and Charlotte (d...

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Map, Walter (d. 1209/10), royal clerk, raconteur, and satirist, was probably born in or about the early 1130s. He sprang from a border family, probably living in Herefordshire, and may have been partly Welsh: his surname is a version of the Welsh Vab...

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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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Robb, Eustace Frederick (1899–1985), television producer and landowner, was born on 28 February 1899 at 10 Onslow Square, London, the only son of Major-General Sir Frederick Spencer Robb (1858–1948) and his wife, Wilhelmine Rose, née Stoughton. Frederick Robb was military secretary to Lord Kitchener...

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Stanford, John Montague Benett- (1870–1947), cinematographer and landowner, was born at the family estate of Pythouse, West Tisbury, Wiltshire, on 5 February 1870, the only legitimate son of Vere Fane Benett-Stanford (1839–1894), landowner and Conservative MP for Shaftesbury (1873–80), and his wife, Ellen (...

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Townshend, George John Patrick Dominic, seventh Marquess Townshend (1916–2010), landowner and broadcasting executive, was born on 13 May 1916 at 78 Avenue Road, Regent's Park, London, the only son and elder child of John James Dudley Stuart Townshend, sixth Marquess Townshend (1866–1921) and his wife, ...

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Wade, William (1734/5–1809), master of ceremonies, though often identified as the illegitimate son or nephew of Field Marshal George Wade (1673–1748), was more probably his great-nephew and the grandson of George's brother William Wade (1670–1732), canon of St George's Chapel, Windsor. He was educated at ...