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  Slater's Directory, 1858 - gentry and clergy  

The first people to be listed in Victorian directories were Marquis of Londonderryalways the "Gentry" and the clergy.
In the Slater's Directory of 1858, there were a relatively large number who found a place among these privileged members of the community, since 38 names appeared under this heading.
Some of these entries are a bit fuzzy and hard to read, but they are over 140 years old !

The Marquis of
formerly Earl Vane
of Plas Machynlleth
(see below)
The surnames
come first in
these lists !

Gentry and clergy,1858

Gentry and clergy,1858

The most prominent of the gentry listed here is Earl Vane of Plas Machynlleth. His full title was the Most Honourable Sir George Henry Vane-Tempest, and he succeeded to the title of Earl Vane in 1854, just four years before the publication of this list.
He became the fifth Marquis of Londonderry in 1872. His portrait above shows him in his later years in the uniform of Vice-Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

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