House of Lords


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Employer Ruth Rendell
The afternoon hours of the House of Lords posed no conflict with RR 's morning schedule for writing, and she said that she found working on legislation was a continuing education in social issues which...
Family and Intimate relationships Anna Jane Vardill
AJV 's mother was born Agnes Birtwhistle in 1752 at Skipton in Yorkshire, into a family which was a local power there and over the Scottish border at Gatehouse of Fleet. Anna Jane...
Family and Intimate relationships Ann Masterman Skinn
She, it appears, had petitioned first, alleging his impotence and cruelty.
Staves, Susan. “Matrimonial Discord in Fiction and in Court: The Case of Ann Masterman”. Fetter’d or Free?: British Women Novelists 1670-1815, edited by Cecilia Macheski and Mary Anne Schofield, Ohio University Press, pp. 169-85.
He, however, secured his divorce, and within a week had added to it a civil divorce, adjudged by a jury at the Court of King's Bench
Family and Intimate relationships Florence Marryat
FM 's niece Irene Marryat Parlby (daughter of her brother Edward) married an Oxford-educated rancher in Alberta, Canada, and became one of the Famous Five women who precipitated the Persons Case decision of the House of Lords
Family and Intimate relationships Dorothea Du Bois
The new wife (or alleged wife) of DDB 's father bore him a son; years later the son's legitimacy and claim to the family titles were recognised in Ireland but denied by the House of Lords
Family and Intimate relationships Dorothea Du Bois
In 1771, the House of Lords , sitting on the question of the inheritance rights of her husband's illegitimate son, decided by one vote that her marriage licence was a forgery; however, it later emerged...
Family and Intimate relationships Caroline Scott
Caroline's father, born Archibald James Edward Stewart , was the son of a duke's daughter (though this identity became a matter for dispute). He was one of two claimants to the landed estates of his...
Family and Intimate relationships Lady Cynthia Asquith
Lady Cynthia Charteris married Herbert Asquith , Beb, the second son of Herbert Henry Asquith and Helen Asquith .
Herbert Henry Asquith (later first Earl of Oxford and Asquith), 1852-1928, was at this time...
Family and Intimate relationships Antonia Fraser
AF 's father, born Francis Aungier (Frank) Pakenham, was an Oxford academic whose subject was politics. He became the seventh Earl of Longford in 1961, but he had already been made Baron Pakenham by Clement Attlee
Family and Intimate relationships Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
Over the course of his lifetime, Frederick Pethick-Lawrence served in the House of Commons for eighteen years and in the House of Lords for sixteen. He became the Secretary of State for India and for...
Family and Intimate relationships Muriel Box
Attending the House of Lords on account of her friendship with Edith Summerskill, MB took close account of the Lord Chancellor, Gerald Gardiner. They began to correspond over legal matters in 1967, first met in...
Family and Intimate relationships Lady Hester Pulter
Hester's father, James Ley , was a lawyer (in time a judge) who sat for many years as Member of Parliament for Westbury (under Queen Elizabeth, James I and Charles I). At the time of...
Friends, Associates Virginia Woolf
Bloomsbury came to designate a new sensibility in philosophy, literature, art, and politics, and its growth has been linked with the crucial break between the Edwardians and the Georgians, the point when human character...
Leisure and Society May Crommelin
MC was a member of the Albemarle Club .
Who Was Who in Literature, 1906-1934. Gale Research.
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She also belonged to the Society of Authors , and acted as a steward (along with over a hundred other luminaries including Walter Besant
Leisure and Society George Gordon, sixth Baron Byron
As a young man Byron lived a desultory and over-expensive life, though he was already deeply serious about his poetry. He took his seat in the House of Lords in March 1809, the same month...


18 December 1640: William Laud, Charles I's unpopular High...

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18 December 1640

William Laud , Charles I 's unpopular High Church Archbishop of Canterbury, was arrested and charged with high treason. He was sent to the Tower of London in spring 1641.

6 January 1647: Mary Overton, arrested with her brother-in-law...

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6 January 1647

Mary Overton , arrested with her brother-in-law Thomas as they worked on a scandalous pamphlet,
Purkiss, Diane. The English Civil War, A People’s History. Harper Perennial.
was brought before the House of Lords , pregnant and with her six-month-old baby in her arms.

24 March 1670: The divorce of Lord Ros or Roos, on grounds...

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24 March 1670

The divorce of Lord Ros or Roos, on grounds of his wife's adultery, passed the House of Lords : the first such occasion since Henry VIII , said John Evelyn .

3 June 1720: The House of Commons agreed to amendments...

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3 June 1720

The House of Commons agreed to amendments from the Lords to the Transportation of Felons Act, for banishing convicted criminals.

30 June 1724: The House of Lords began hearing William...

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30 June 1724

The House of Lords began hearing William Yonge 's case for divorcing his wife.

30 July 1746: Officers of the Manchester Regiment, which...

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30 July 1746

Officers of the Manchester Regiment , which had fought for Prince Charles Edward at the battle of Culloden, were hanged, drawn, and quartered in London.

1753: Parliament brought in a bill for implementing...

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Parliament brought in a bill for implementing the first national census: it was rejected by the House of Lords as an infringement on personal liberty.

15 November 1763: The House of Lords learned of the existence...

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15 November 1763

The House of Lords learned of the existence of the scurrilous, obsceneEssay on Woman by Thomas Potter and John Wilkes , after its private, thirteen-copy edition for members of the Hell Fire Club had...

After June 1773: Over protest from the House of Lords, the...

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After June 1773

Over protest from the House of Lords , the India Regulating Act enacted the first direct British government intervention in the administration of India.

21 February 1774: The House of Lords decision Donaldson vs....

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21 February 1774

The House of Lords decision Donaldson vs. Becket put an end to the legality (based in common law) of perpetual copyright. The case was provoked by the pirating activities of Alexander Donaldson .

30 April 1776: John Wilkes, in a plan for parliamentary...

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30 April 1776

John Wilkes , in a plan for parliamentary reform, put forward a proposal for universal male suffrage; Richard Price had recently, in Observations on Civil Liberty, also proposed abolishing the House of Lords .

11 May 1778: William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, died one month...

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11 May 1778

William Pitt, Earl of Chatham , died one month and four days after collapsing dramatically in the House of Lords in the midst of an impassioned harangue opposing the independence of the USA.

30 May 1782: The Duke of Portland, Lord Lieutenant of...

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30 May 1782

The Duke of Portland , Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, announced in the House of Lords a new Bill of Rights for Ireland: the Dublin Parliament was freed from the rule of the British Privy Council

19 December 1783: George III invited William Pitt the younger,...

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19 December 1783

George III invited William Pitt the younger, Tory leader, to form the government; Pitt 's previous ministry had been defeated on a vote in the House of Lords .

2 April 1792: William Wilberforce moved once again in the...

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2 April 1792

William Wilberforce moved once again in the House of Commons for complete abolition of the slave trade. The ensuing all-night debate ended in a victory, 230 votes to 85.


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