John Aislabie

(1670—1742) politician

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(1670–1742), English politician, landowner, and landscaper born near York who inherited the Studley Royal estate near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Aislabie became a Member of Parliament in 1695 and was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1718 until 1720 when the South Sea Company, in which he was criminally involved, collapsed. After imprisonment in the Tower of London he retired to his Yorkshire estate where he completed the laying out in the valley of the river Skell of one of the most remarkable landscape gardens of its day.

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