Raikes, Thomas ___ 1777-1848 ___ British ___ n/a

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Raikes was born into a wealthy family, educated at Eton, and entered his father’s banking business. In 1802, he married Sophia Maria Bayly, and they had one son and three daughters before she died in 1822. Raikes seems to have worked little, and spent most of his time enjoying society, and developing a reputation as a dandy. He was a friend of Beau Brummel and the Duke of Wellington. He travelled widely on the Continent, living there for most of the 1830s. In the 1840s he moved to Brighton, where he died. His diary was published in several volumes during the decade after his death.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1831-1847 ___ political travel society people France

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A Portion of the Journal Kept by Thomas Raikes
English Diaries
 

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