A prominent English diplomat, who held posts in Latin America, Turkey, Russia, and served for fourteen years as Minister to the United States.
Baroness Boothroyd of Sandwell
(born 8th October 1929)
A British Labour politician, who served as Member of Parliament for West Bromwich and West Bromwich West from 1973 to 2000 and was the first, and to date only, female Speaker of the British House of Commons between 1992 and 2000.
Henry Edward John Stanley
3rd Baron Stanley of Alderley and 2nd Baron Eddisbury
(11th July 1827 – 10th December 1903)
An historian who translated The first voyage round the world by Magellan and other works from the Age of Discovery.
Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn
formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate
(born 3rd April 1925)
A British Labour politician, and the current President of the Stop the War Coalition. During the 1970s and 1980s, Benn was regarded as the most conspicuous figure of the political left in Britain.
The Peerage Act 1963, allowing renunciation of peerages, was given the Royal Assent and became law shortly after 6pm on 31st July 1963. Benn was the first peer to renounce his title, at 6.22pm that day.
Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland
(29th September 1602 – 13th October 1668)
He was English military leader and a prominent supporter of constitutional monarchy.
Horace (born Horatio) Smith
(31st December 1779 - 12th July 1849)
An English poet and novelist, perhaps best known for his participation in a sonnet-writing competition with Percy Bysshe Shelley. It was of him that Shelley said: "Is it not odd that the only truly generous person I ever knew who had money enough to be generous with should be a stockbroker? He writes poetry and pastoral dramas and yet knows how to make money, and does make it, and is still generous."
His signature is uncannily
similar to that of the great explorer
with the same last name
Sir David Frederick Attenborough
(born 8th May 1926)
A broadcaster and naturalist. His career as the respected face and voice of natural history programmes has endured for more than 50 years.
Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough
(29th August 1923-24 August 2014)
A British actor, director, producer, and entrepreneur. Attenborough has won two Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes. He is the elder brother of naturalist and wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough.
Philip Ian "Phil" Hope
(born 19th April 1955)
A British Labour Co-operative politician, who had been the Member of Parliament for Corby from1997 untill 11th May 2010. He was a Minister of State in the Department of Health and Minister for the East Midlands. This was a signed bottle of Commons Scotch whiskey which was given as a gift from Phil on the occasion of Richard Oliff's 50th Birthday. (23rd May 2005).
Willie William Stephen Ian Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw
(28th June 1918 – 1st July 1999)
A British Conservative politician, who served in a wide number of Cabinet positions, most notably as Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.
Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine
(born 21 March 1933) 'Tarzan'
A British businessman and Conservative politician.
Heseltine held a number of cabinet level positions but is best known for his 1990 leadership challenge which led to the removal from power of the incumbent long-serving Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a dramatic Tory "palace coup". A few years later he became Deputy Prime Minister but never achieved the leadership of the Conservative Party. His mother's family came from West Wales, where they were farm labourers from Pembrey ; his mother was Eileen Ray Pridmore, whose great-grandfather came from the village of Gretton in Northamptonshire to work in Swansea docks.
Charles Peter Kennedy
( 25th November 1959- 1st June 2015)
A British politician; from 9th August 1999 until 7th January 2006, he was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, the third largest political party in the United Kingdom. The day following the Chancellors (Gordon Brown) Budget statement in 2005 Kennedy gave his reaction to BBC broadcast journalist Richard Oliff. (17th March).
Michael Mackintosh Foot
(23rd July 1913 - 3rd March 2010)
A British Labour politician and writer, who was a Member of Parliament from 1945 to 1992, and was the Leader of the Labour Opposition from 1980 to 1983.
(13th September 1938 - 12th May 1994)
A Scottish Labour politician who was the Member of Parliament for Monklands East from 1970 and the Leader of the Opposition from July 1992 until his sudden death from a heart attack in May 1994.
He was buried next to a sea facing wall on the island of Iona in the cemetery adjacent to the Abbey.
Margaret Mary Beckett (née Jackson)
(born 15th January 1943)
A British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Derby South since 1983, rising to become the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party under John Smith, from 18 July 1992 to 12 May 1994, and subsequently the Acting Leader of the Party following John Smith's death. She later served in the Cabinet under Tony Blair, most notably being appointed Foreign Secretary in 2006.
Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock
(born 28th March 1942)
Leader of the Labour Party in opposition
A Welsh Labour politician, who was a Member of Parliament from 1970 to 1995, and was the Leader of the Opposition from 1983 to 1992, when he resigned after being defeated in the 1992 general election. Kinnock began a process of modernisation of "old Labour" that was continued by his successors John Smith and Tony Blair in the move to a more moderate ideological direction. He served as a UK Commissioner of the European Commission from 1995 until 2004, and was until the summer of 2009 the Chairman of the British Council. Kinnock served as President of Cardiff University from 1998 until 2009.
John Leslie Prescott
(born 31st May 1938)
A Welsh former Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State of the United Kingdom. He represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament between 1970 and 2010, when he stood down from Parliament. In the 1994 leadership election he campaigned for both Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, winning election to the latter office. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister after Labour's victory in the 1997 election, with an expanded brief as Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
William Rhys Powell
(born 3 August 1948)
A British Conservative politician. A barrister, he was MP for Corby from 1983 to 1997, when he lost the seat to Labour's Phil Hope. Born in Crickhowell, Wales, he was educated at Lancing College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Charles Stuart Aubrey Abbott, 3rd Baron Tenterden
(26th December 1834 – 22nd September 1882)
A British diplomat. Grandson of Chancellor Tenterton.
Abbott entered into service at the Foreign Office in 1854 by the patronage of the foreign secretary, Lord Clarendon.
The British High Commissioners for the Treaty of Washington 1871.
Standing: Lord Tenterden, Sir John A. Macdonald (first PM of Canada)
Prior to the 1997 general election Richard Oliff, news editor of a British radio station, asked Michael Heseltine the following question.
"Should the conservatives lose the election will there be a leadership contest within the party?"
Michael Heseltine. "We're going to win the next election and win it well and therefore your question is irrelevant."
Well, Labour romped home with a landslide under Tony Blair and, as a consequence John Major was replaced as leader in an opposition conservative party reshuffle, heralding the era's of William Hague (1997-2001), Iain Duncan Smith (2001-2003), Michael Howard (2003-2005) and David Cameron (2005 -).
A very relevant question methinks!
Corisande's handwriting from Friday 16th September 1864
Air Commodore William Wedgwood Benn
1st Viscount Stansgate
(10th May 1877 – 17th November 1960)
A British Liberal politician who later joined the Labour Party. He was Secretary of State for India between 1929 and 1931 and Secretary of State for Air between 1945 and 1946. He was the father of Tony Benn.
Hilary James Wedgwood Benn
(born 26th November 1953)
A British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Leeds Central since 1999, and was the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs until 11th May 2010; he previously served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development. In June 2007, Benn ran for the Deputy Leadership of the Labour Party, coming fourth behind Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson and Jon Cruddas.
Francis Aungier Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford
(5th December 1905–3rd August 2001)
The Lord Pakenham from 1945 to 1961
A British politician, author, and social reformer. He was a Labour minister who attracted much controversy with his unsuccessful campaign for the release of Moors murderer Myra Hindley from prison, and also for his high-profile opposition to the gay rights movement. He was also criticised by the media for touring the sex clubs of Europe which he had attempted to close down. Both of these campaigns led to him being the target of a particularly high level of ridicule and criticism from the tabloid media.
Charles Powlett (Paulett)
3rd Duke of Bolton
8th Marquiss of Winchester
Jeremy John Durham 'Paddy' Ashdown
Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon
(born 27th February 1941)
A British politician and international diplomat.
Sir John Alexander Macdonald, GCB, KCMG, PC, PC (Can)
Gail was the son of a princely gallery overseer born. According to the wishes of his father, he studied after the first high school architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich devoted himself to painting but later.
After completing his studies, he took further lessons in the studio of his brother, the painter Peter von Hess . In this time many landscape paintings in which he represented his native customs and fauna.
At the invitation of the Baron of malts, the royal Bavarian Charge d'Affaires at the Sardinian court, Gail traveled 1825 after Italy . There he created several architectural images and genre pieces, under the title Monuments Romains dans les états de Sardaigne and Scènes populaires de Genova as lithographs were published.
Charles John Canning, 1st Earl Canning
(14th December 1812–17th June 1862)
Known as Viscount Canning from 1837 to 1859, was an English statesman and Governor-General of India during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale
(25th January 1857 –13th April 1944)
An English nobleman.
Lord Lonsdale was an avid sportsman and bon vivant and was known by some as "England's greatest sporting gentleman". He was a founding member of the National Sporting Club and he donated the original Lonsdale Belts for boxing. His name was also given to a clothing brand of boxing garments, worn by Muhammad Ali.
(26 January 1747 – 6 March 1825)
An English schoolmaster, writer, minister and Doctor of Law. He was known in his time for political writing, and (flatteringly) as "the Whig Johnson", though his reputation has lasted less well than Samuel Johnson's, and the resemblances were at a superficial level; Parr was no prose stylist, even if he was an influential literary figure.
(25th February 1873 – 2nd August 921)
An Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. All of these recordings, which span most of his stage career, are available today on CDs and as digital downloads.
An example of Caruso's handwriting and signature
David Ivor Davies
(15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951)
better known as Ivor Novello.
He was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century.
Born into a musical family and his first successes were as a songwriter. His first big hit was "Keep the Home Fires Burning", which was enormously popular during the First World War. His 1917 show, Theodore & Co, was a wartime hit. After the war, Novello contributed numbers to several successful musical comedies and was eventually commissioned to write the scores of complete shows. He wrote his musicals in the style of operetta and often composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall.
The son of William Keith-Falconer, 6th Earl of Kintore and Maria Bannerman. He married, firstly, Juliet Renny, daughter of Robert Renny, on 14th June 1817. He married, secondly, Louisa Hawkins, daughter of Francis Hawkins and Helen Dempster Burrington, on 27th August 1821. He died at age 50.
He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, succeeded to the title of 9th Lord Falconer of Halkertoun in 1812, the title of 7th Earl Kintore in 1812, the title of 7th Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall in 1812, and was created 1st Baron Kintore of Kintore, co. Aberdeen on 5th July 1838.
Children with Louisa Hawkins: Isabella Catherine Keith-Falconer (5th June 1824 - 8th Feb 1870), William Adrian Keith-Falconer, Lord Inverurie (2nd Sep 1822 – 17th Dec 1843) Francis Alexander Keith-Falconer, 8th Earl of Kintore (7th Jun 1828 – 18th Jul 1880) Major Hon. Charles James Keith-Falconer (1st Jul 1832 – 7th Jan 1889)
Child with Isabella Smith - Anthony Adrian Keith (9th April 1835)
Another fine example of his signature. NOT part of this collection
Thomas Egerton, 2nd Earl of Wilton
(30th December 1799 – 7th March 1882)
Known as Thomas Grosvenor until 1814, was a British nobleman and Tory politician. He served as Lord Steward of the Household in 1835 in Sir Robert Peel's first administration.
Another fine example of his signature. NOT part of this collection
Robert Montgomery Hamilton, 8th Lord Belhaven and Stenton
(1793 – 22nd December 1868)
He was a Scottish peer and politician. Born at Wishaw House, he was the son of William Hamilton, 7th Lord Belhaven and Stenton, and Penelope Macdonald, youngest daughter of Ranald MacDonald of Clanranald. In 1814 he succeeded his father in the Lordship of Belhaven and Stenton.
Sir Richard Godin Simeon, 2nd Baronet
(21st May 1784 – 4th January 1854)
An English Liberal Party politician.
The son of Sir John Simeon, 1st Baronet and Rebecca Cornwall.
He was elected at the 1832 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Isle of Wight, a new constituency which had been created by the Reform Act 1832. He was re-elected in 1835, and stood down from the House of Commons at the 1837 general election. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight 1831,and in 1846. He also served as High Sheriff of Hampshire for 1845. Charles and John Simeon were his sons.
Sir William Arthur Mount, 1st Baronet CBE
(Hartley, Hampshire, 3rd August 1866 – 8th December 1930)
A British Conservative Party politician and MP for Newbury.
A most unusual item. A handwritten quotation which makes reference to 'the Kohinoor' or Koh-i-Noor: 'The Mountain of Light'. A name given to one of the largest known diamonds, it is now a 105.6 metric carat diamond, weighing 21.6 grammes in its most recent cut state. In 1852, Albert the Prince Consort ordered it cut down from 186 carats. The diamond was originally owned by the Kakatiya dynasty, which had installed it in a temple of a Hindu goddess as her eye. The diamond was later confiscated from its original owners by various invaders. Today the diamond is a part of the Crown of Queen Elizabeth. It is not know if the as yet unidentified 'Newton' signatory is the originator of the quote or not.
The Curse of the Kohinoor Diamond (aka Koh-i-Noor)
The Curse of Kohinoor Diamond dates back to a Hindu text from the time of the first authenticated appearance of the diamond in 1306. The Curse of the Kohinoor Diamond reads:
"He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all
its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity."