Charles John Spencer Compton, Earl Compton
(13th July 1849 - 7th September 1887)

He was the son of Admiral William Compton
4th Marquess of Northampton and Eliza Elliot.

Sir George Rose
(17th June 1744 – 13th January 1818)
A British politician.

Born in Brechin, Scotland, Rose was the son of the Reverend David Rose of Lethnet, by Margaret, daughter of Donald Rose of Wester Clune. He was educated at Westminster School, afterwards entering the Royal Navy, a service which he left in 1762 after he had taken part in some fighting in the West Indies. He then obtained a position in the Civil Service, becoming joint Keeper of the Records in 1772 and secretary to the Board of Taxes in 1777. In 1782 he gave up the latter appointment to become one of the secretaries to the treasury under Lord Shelburne, though he did not enter Parliament.

Admiral Sir Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth
(9th April 1757 – 23rd January 1833)
Two seperate signatures of an amazing  British naval officer. He fought during the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary, and the Napoleonic Wars. His younger brother, Israel Pellew, also pursued a naval career.Pellew is remembered as an officer and a gentleman of great courage and leadership, earning his land and titles through courage, leadership and skill - serving as a paradigm of the versatility and determination of British naval officers during the Napoleonic Wars.

Vice Admiral Sir Richard Grindall
(1750 – 23rd May 1820)
An officer in the British Royal Navy whose distinguished career during the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars was highlighted by his presence at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805, when despite being cursed with the slow and ungainly 98 gun HMS Prince was instrumental in the final stages of the battle and especially in the chaotic storm which followed, when many of the British fleet would have been lost but for the efforts of Grindall and other captains of largely undamaged ships. This is a note addressed to Messrs. Lukin & Allen, Coach Makers, Long Acre in London, allowing the bearer to use Grindall’s restaurant place at Penstone's Hotel, (Thomas Penstone), 3 Cork Street, London, (Tuesday) August 5th 1806. 'Sir, be so good to let the barer of my warant have my chair - I am your humble servant, R. Grindall'

Sir James Brooke
James, The Rajah of Sarawak: born James Brooke
(29th April 1803 – 11th June 1868)
Brooke was the first White Rajah of Sarawak. His father, Thomas Brooke, was English; his mother, Anna Maria, was born in Hertfordshire, the illegitimate daughter of Scottish peer Colonel William Stuart, 9th Lord Blantyre, and his mistress Harriott Teasdale. James Brooke was born in Secrore, a suburb of Benares, India

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford 
(6th July 1766 – 20th October 1839)
Lord John Russell until 1802
A British Whig politician and notably served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in the Ministry of All the Talents. He was the father of Prime Minister John Russell, 1st Earl Russell.
Signed on 7th April 1810

William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire
(14th December 1748 – 29th July 1811)
The eldest son of the Prime Minister the 4th Duke of Devonshire by his wife the heiress Lady Charlotte Boyle, suo jure Baroness Clifford of Lanesborough, who brought in considerable money and estates to the Cavendish family. The 5th Duke is best known for his first wife Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. At the age of about twenty, Cavendish toured Italy with William Fitzherbert which is where they commissioned the pair of portraits by Pompeo Batoni.
He was married twice: first, to Lady Georgiana Spencer (1757–1806); second, to Lady Elizabeth Foster, nee Hervey (1759–1824), daughter of the 4th Earl of Bristol, who had been his mistress and his first wife's friend and confidante for more than twenty years.

Signed on 16th June 1810.

William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire
(27th April 1808 – 21st December 1891)
Lord Cavendish of Keighley between 1831 and 1834 and known as The Earl of Burlington between 1834 and 1858, was the great-grandson of the 4th Duke of Devonshire, grandson of the 1st Earl of Burlington, and son of William Cavendish.

Charles Ingoldsby Paulet, 13th Marquess of Winchester
(27th January 1764 – 29th November 1843)
A British peer and courtier, styled Earl of Wiltshire before 1800.
He sat in the Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Truro from 1792–96.

George Abercromby, 2nd Baron Abercromby
(14 th October 1770 – 15th February 1843)
A Scottish lawyer, politician and peer. The eldest son of Lt.-Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby and Mary Abercromby, 1st Baroness Abercromby, he became, like his grandfather, a lawyer, and was called to the Bar in 1794. On his death in 1843 he was succeeded in the barony by his son.
This is an envelope written in August 1823 and posted from Alloa, in the County of Clackmannan.

Michael John Martin, Baron Martin of Springburn
(born 3rd July 1945) 
Speaker of the House of Commons
A British politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Glasgow North East, initially for the Labour Party, from 1979 and was the Speaker of the House of Commons from 2000, until his resignation from both posts in 2009. On his election to the post of Speaker in 2000 he was the first Roman Catholic to serve in the role since the Reformation.He resigned from the position on 21st June 2009 as a result of diminishing parliamentary and public confidence owing to his role in the parliamentary expenses scandal. He also stood down as an MP on the following day

Thomas George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy
(29th January 1909 – 22nd September 1997)
Speaker of the House of Commons
A British Labour politician 

John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore
(1732 – 25th February 1809)
A British peer and colonial governor.
Royal Governor of New York
Crown Governor of Virginia
Governor of the Bahamas
He was the son of William Murray, 3rd Earl of Dunmore, and his wife Catherine (née Murray).
He is best remembered as the last royal governor of the Colony of Virginia.

Thomas Guerin
(14th May 1766- 28th October 187l)
Known as a ‘celebrated’ centenarian.
Guerin was something of an enigma and, by all accounts either a swash-buckling hero of his times or an army deserter and fraud. Two accounts of his life have been published and each describe a different man. The truth may never be known

Bruce Bernard Weatherill, Baron Weatherill
(25th November 1920 – 6th May 2007)
A British politician, and a former Speaker of the British House of Commons.
This is his signature from February 1988

Walter Raymond
(1852-1931) see Withypool
Writer, sketcher and ornithologist
This his signature from Friday 28th April 1905
during his time living at Avenue House, 182 Sutherland Avenue, Maida Vale.
This had also been the home of the Greek poet Andreas Kalvos.
Walter Raymond - The Man - His Work and Letters
by Evelyn V. Clark and Somerset & Her Folk Movement by Walter Raymond

Henry Valentine Stafford-Jerningham, 9th Baron Stafford
(2nd January 1802-30th November 1884)
British peer and politician.
He was known as Henry Jerningham until 1824 and styled The Honourable Henry Stafford-Jerningham between 1824 and 1851. 

William John Frederick Vane, 3rd Duke of Cleveland
(3rd April 1792 – 6th September 1864)
A British politician.
Styled The Hon. William Vane from 1792 to 1813
The Hon. William Powlett from 1813 to 1827
and Lord William Powlett from 1827 to 1864.

Sir Charles Turner, 1st Baronet of Warham, Norfolk
(11th Jun 1666 - 24th Nov 1738) 
He married Mary Walpole, daughter of Robert Walpole and Mary Burwell, in April 1689
Teller of the Exchequer, Member of the Board of Trade from 1708 to 1712. (MP for King's Lynn 1695-1738 & Father of the House of Commons May 1730 - 1738).
A close friend of his father-in-law Sir Robert Walpole and Lord Townsend
(re. Ellis & Treasure 2005 p.2 of  'Britains Prime Ministers'

Charles Manners-Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury
(9th January 1780 – 21st July 1845)
A British Tory politician.
The son of the Most Reverend Charles Manners-Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury
Speaker of the House of Commons from 1817 to 1835 

George William Frederick Charles
Prince George, Duke of Cambridge
26th March 1819 – 17th March 1904)
A member of the British Royal Family, a male-line grandson of King George III. The Duke was an army officer and served as commander-in-chief of the British Army from 1856 to 1895. He became Duke of Cambridge in 1850.

The Princess Elizabeth
Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg
(22nd May 1770 – 10th January 1840)
A member of the British Royal Family, the 7th child and 3rd daughter of George III of the United Kingdom, and Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg as the wife of Landgrave Frederick VI.

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His note to
 Lady Hooker
An envelope addressed by the Duke of Cambridge
 to Lady Hooker
An envelope addressed 
by Princess Elizabeth 
to Queen Adelaide

Letter by John Heaton to a Mrs Mary Heaton at Clifton, Bristol, with good and fine example of double rim crown free on Obverse, illegally franked (should only be done by the actual writer but was widely ignored) 
Letter by Pinder Simpson, solicitors of Burlington Street, London, to a Mrs Mary Heaton at Clifton, Bristol, with a good and fine example of double rim crown free on Obverse, illegally franked (should only be done by the actual writer but was widely ignored) 
Another example
 of his signature. 
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Guerin has signed this note on 28th February 1851.
It's been written on Royal Gallery of Illustration letterhead and is a subscription renewal payment to the Garrick Club in London for the previous year..
Walter Raymond biography
Walter Raymond biography
Thomas Guerin biography
Thomas Guerin biography
Raymond book review New York
Raymond book review New York
Turner of Warham
Turner of Warham
This is my signed note from Walter to Henry Rowland-Brown (1865 – 1921).An English entomologist who specialised in Lepidoptera. By profession Rowland-Brown was a journalist and author.

Quintin McGarel Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone
Formerly 2nd Viscount Hailsham (1950–1963)
(9th October 1907 – 12th October 2001)
A British politician who was known for the longevity of his career, the vigour with which he campaigned for the Conservative Party, and the influence wielded by his political writing. He was considered for the leadership of his party (and becoming Prime Minister) in 1963, and served for more than a decade in the high post formerly held by his father, that of Lord Chancellor.
Sir Samuel Scott Bart & Co, London, 1824-94
This private bank was established in London in 1824 as Sir Claude Scott Bart, Williams & Co by Sir Claude Scott, a corn merchant. The bank traded from temporary premises at 26 Holles Street, Cavendish Square, London, and initially based its business on trade derived from Marsh, Stacey, Fauntleroy & Graham (est. 1792), bankers of Berners Street, London, which failed in 1824. In 1826 the firm moved to 1 Cavendish Square, which was refurbished by the architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville. The bank was known as Sir Claude Scott Bart, Dent & Co from 1827; Sir Claude Scott Bart & Co from 1829 to 1847; and as Sir Samuel Scott Bart & Co by 1847 (despite the death of Sir Claude Scott in 1830). In 1894 the firm was acquired by Parr’s Banking Co & the Alliance Bank Ltd of Warrington and London. 
In 1797 Sundridge Park in Bromley was sold to Claude Scott (1742-1830), a wealthy corn merchant, who accepted Repton's recommendations and had the new mansion built. John Nash (1752-1835) was appointed architect but, before the mansion was completed, he was replaced by Samuel Wyatt. Claude Scott was created Baron Scott of Lytchett Manor in 1821 and when he died in 1830 his son, Samuel, who already lived at Sundridge, inherited the title and the 238 hectare estate 
Dr Jude Currivan PhD

Group Finance Director of two major international companies 
In the early 1990's she was the most senior business woman in Britain.
She has an Oxford University Masters Degree in Physics specializing in cosmology and quantum physics.
She has a PhD in Archaeology: University of Reading researching ancient cosmologies
Highly respected at the highest level and has had meetings with US President Obama

During a highly successful business career she obtained extensive experience in merging her intuitive gifts into practical and creative approaches for managing organizational and cultural change. 
Cosmologist, planetary healer, international award-winning Hay House author, visionary and educator.
Growing up as the daughter of a coalminer, she is now based near Avebury, England. Jude has experienced multidimensional realities and researched consciousness, perennial wisdom and metaphysics since early childhood.

Mary Russell Mitford
(16th December 1787 - 10th January 1855)
Mary was an English novelist and dramatist. She was born at Alresford, Hampshire. Her place in English literature is as the author of Our Village. This series of sketches of village scenes and vividly drawn characters was based upon life in Three Mile Cross, a hamlet in the parish of Shinfield, near Reading in Berkshire, where she lived. 

John Heaton and Pinder Simpson in the Cambridge archive. Further research required
Joseph "Jo" Grimond, Baron Grimond of Firth in the County of Orkney CH, CBE, PC
(29th July 1913 – 24th October 1993)
A British politician, leader of the Liberal Party from 1956 to 1967 and again briefly in 1976.

David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood
(born 31st March 1938)
A British and Scottish politician and a Liberal Democrat member of the UK House of Lords. He was leader of the Liberal Party from 1976 until its 1988 merger with the Social Democratic Party that formed the Liberal Democrats, and was briefly joint interim leader of the new party, then known as the Social and Liberal Democrats. He was also the first Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, holding that post between 1999 and 2003.
Rear Admiral Sir John Garnier
 (born 10th March  1934- )
Flag Officer Royal Yacht Brittania 1985-1990
Private Secretary to Princess Alexandra

Brigadier Sir Miles (Garth) Hunt-Davis
(born 1938 -  ) 
Private Secretary to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and educated at St Andrew's College, South Africa.

Captain Robert Neil Blair
(born 1936 -  )
From 1958-1959 and 1970-71 he was on HMY Britannia
Private Secretary and Treasurer to the Duke of York 1990-2001.
He was Comptroller to Princess Alexandra 1996-1997, and Private Secretary since 1996.
He was appointed LVO in 1997, and promoted to CVO in 2001.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Peter Wyldebore Gibbs, KCVO (born 1934 - died September 2001) 
Private Secretary to The Princess Royal 1982-1997.
Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale
(7th March 1771 – 3rd April 1853)
A British politician. Bootle-Wilbraham was the son of Richard Bootle-Wilbraham and his wife Mary, daughter of Robert Bootle. He was elected to the House of Commons for Westbury in 1795, a seat he held until 1796, and then represented Newcastle under Lyme from 1796 to 1812, Clitheroe from 1812 to 1818 and Dover from 1818 to 1828. The latter year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Skelmersdale, of Skelmersdale in the County Palatine of Lancaster.

Alexander Speirs, third of Elderslie, Lord-Lieutenant of the county and M.P. for Richmond
He married in 1836 Eliza Stewart (daughter of Thomas C. Hagart of Bantaskine and his wife, a famous Glasgow beauty of her day, Miss Stewart "of the Field"), and died in 1844, leaving one daughter, married to Colonel Alexander of Ballochmyle, M.P. for Ayrshire, and one son, the late Archibald Alexander Speirs, fourth of Elderslie, who was suddenly cut off in 1873, soon after his election as member for the county. 
John Jeremy Thorpe
(born 29th April 1929)
A former British Liberal politician. He was MP for North Devon from 1959 to 1979, and was leader of the Liberal Party from 1967 to 1976. His political career was damaged when an acquaintance, Norman Scott, claimed to be his former lover, and ended when he was charged with conspiring to murder Scott, though he was acquitted of the charges.
General Francis Nathaniel Conyngham, 2nd Marquess Conyngham (11th June 1797 – 17th July 1876)
Styled Lord Francis Conyngham between 1816 and 1824 and Earl of Mount Charles between 1824 and 1832, was a British soldier, courtier and politician. Upon the death of William IV he told Princess Victoria that she was the new monarch, and the first to address her "Your Majesty".
Queen Victoria receiving the news of her accession to the throne. 20th June 1837. Picture by H. T. Wells, R.A., at Buckingham Palace. On the left is Francis Conyngham, 2nd Marquess Conyngham. Archbishop Howley is on the right.

Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (pronounced Broom)
(1778 - 1868) 
A British statesman who became Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom.
As a young lawyer in Scotland Brougham helped to found the Edinburgh Review in 1802 and contributed many articles to it. He went to London, and was called to the English bar in 1808. In 1810 he entered the House of Commons as a Whig. Brougham took up the fight against the slave trade and opposed restrictions on trade with continental Europe. In 1820 he won popular renown as chief attorney to Queen Caroline, and in the next decade he became a liberal leader in the House. He not only proposed educational reforms in Parliament, but also was one of the founders of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in 1825 and of University College London in 1828. As Lord Chancellor from 1830 to 1834 he effected many legal reforms to speed procedure and established the Central Criminal Court. In later years he spent much of his time in Cannes, which he established as a popular resort.

'With Miss. Mitford's respectful compliments'
Sir George Richard Waldie-Griffith, 2nd Baronet
(31st January 1820-8th May1889)
The Griffith, later Waldie-Griffith Baronetcy, of Munster Grillagh in the County of Londonderry and of Pencraig in the County of Anglesey, was a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 20th April 1858 for the Irish geologist and mining engineer Richard Griffith. The second Baronet assumed the additional surname of Waldie, which was that of his maternal grandfather. The title became extinct on the death of the third Baronet in 1933. George, of Hendersyde Park, (Kelso),                                                    Roxburghshire, donated the 'Waldie Griffith' Curling Challenge Cup" to the Kelso Club 
This signature and inscription were found at the front of an old Bible which I inherited from my late first wife Madeline Joanne Harris-Oliff (1st October 1958-1st May 1994). How she came to have it in the first place is still a mystery.
Sir Richard John Waldie-Griffith, 3rd Baronet (1850-1933)
These images of George (and copy signature), his wife and son, were supplied to me at a cost of £1.40 from the archives of Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives and arrived on Friday 6th August 2010. Document reference NRO 2659/36 in the National Archive. In 1849 Sir George married Eliza, daughter of Mr Nicholas Philpot Leader MP in County Cork. They had 2 daugters and one son- Richard _ who on his father’s death became Sir Richard. Sir Richard was born in 1850 and in 1877 married Mary Nena, ( she died in December 1916) daughter of General William Irwin of Leixlip, County Kildare. In 1904 Sir Richard bought the Estate of Ednam from William Humble, Earl of Dudley for the sum of £52000 thus becoming the Laird of Ednam. It was largely due to his generosity that Ednam had a spacious site on which to build its new school. With the donation of the land and a sizable financial input to the cost of the building, the school, which houses today’s pupils, was built and opened in 1911.  See also Hendersyde Park

Sir Richard John Waldie-Griffith, 3rd Baronet (1850-1933)
The Princess Victoria, Princess Royal
Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa
(21st November 1840 – 5th August 1901)
The eldest child and daughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Dowager Empress Frederick
Queen of Prussia

Someone has scribbled the word 'Baron' across the rear of the piece.
In the film The Duchess, about Georgiana, 
the fifth Duke is played by Ralph Fiennes. Here too are the signatures of Fox and Grey (Prime Minister to be), played in the film by Simon McBurney and Dominic Cooper respectively.

Ann Noreen Widdecombe
(born 4th October 1947) 
A former British Conservative Party politician and has been a novelist since 2000. She is a Privy Councillor and was the Member of Parliament for Maidstone from 1987 to 1997 and for Maidstone and The Weald from 1997 to 2010. She was a social conservative and a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. She retired from politics at the 2010 general election. Since 2002 she has also made numerous television and radio appearances, including as a television presenter. She is a convert from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism.

Robert Talbot Kelly
(1861 – 1934)
An English orientalist landscape and genre painter,
author and illustrator.
An example of Sir James Brooke's handwriting.
Not part of this collection
This card signed 'Hailsham' also has a feint fingerprint at top left - presumably that of Hailsham himself after signing.
Artist: Robert Talbot Kelly
Sitter: Clarke Aspinall
The final resting place of Elizabeth (left) and her husband the Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg, Frederick VI in the Mausoleum of the Landgraves, Homburg, Germany. 
His son, Festing Horatio Grindall, also served at Trafalgar on board the Victory as a midshipman
Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl of Chesterfield
(10th November 1755 – 29th August 1815)
Known as Philip Stanhope until 1773, was a British politician and diplomat. He was British Ambassador to Spain between 1784 and 1787, Master of the Mint between 1789 and 1790, Joint Postmaster General between 1790 and 1798 and Master of the Horse between 1798 and 1804.
George Stanhope, 6th Earl of Chesterfield 
(23rd May 1805 – 1st June 1866)
Styled Lord Stanhope until 1815, was a British Tory politician, courtier and race horse owner. He served as Master of the Buckhounds under Lord Melbourne from 1834 to 1835.
He was the son of Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl of Chesterfield, and his wife Lady Henrietta, daughter of Thomas Thynne, 1st Marquess of Bath, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.
Charles Richard Blunt, 4th Baronet
 (6th December 1775 – 29th February 1840)
A British Member of Parliament.

Blunt was the eldest son of Sir Charles William Blunt, 3rd Baronet, and his wife Elizabeth (née Peers), and succeeded his father in the baronetcy in 1802. He served with the East India Company and also represented Lewes in the House of Commons from 1831 until his death. 
Another fine example of his signature. NOT part of this collection
Another example of his signature. Not part of this collection
John Payne Tudway
(22nd April 1775 - 28th June 1835)
He was the son of Robert Tudway.
British Member Of Parliment for Wells
Charles Douglas, 6th Marquess of Queensberry
(March 1777 – 3rd December 1837) 
Douglas was a Scottish peer and the first son and heir of Sir William Douglas, and his wife, Grace, née Johnstone. He inherited his father's baronetcy in 1783. On 13th August 1803, he married Lady Caroline Scott (1774–1854), the third daughter of Henry Scott, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch; they had eight daughters.
Sir Ralph Lopes, 2nd Baronet 
(10th September 1788 – 23rd January 1854)
From Maristow in Devon
A British Member of Parliament 
Lopes was born as Ralph Franco.
 His uncle, Manasseh Masseh Lopes, an MP and borough owner, was created a baronet in 1805, with a special remainder to his nephew. Ralph entered Parliament in 1814 as member for Westbury, a pocket borough controlled by his uncle, for which he initially sat until 1819. On his uncle's death in 1831 he inherited both the baronetcy and his estate, a condition of which was that he change his surname to Lopes.