Born on this day

17th February

Every day find here my selection of Great British men and women born on this day.

  • Birth date
  • 1730 : Richard Pulteney (1730–1801) Writer and botanist
  • 1811 : Gilbert Abbott à Beckett (1811–1856) Comic writer
  • 1821 : Lola Montez (Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert) (1821–1861) Adventuress
  • 1827 : Maria Francesca Rossetti (1827–1876) Writer; sister of Dante Gabriel, William and Christina Rossetti
  • 1860 : Sir Frederick John Jackson (1860–1929) Colonial Governor and naturalist
  • 1862 : Sir Edward German (1862–1936) Composer
  • 1911 : Frank Kearton, Baron Kearton (1911–1992) Scientist and industrialist
  • 1931 : Fay Godwin (1931–2005) Photographer
  • 1934 : Sir Alan Arthur Bates (1934–2003) Actor
  • 1944 : Bernard Alexander Montgomery ('Bernie') Grant (1944–2000) Politician

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