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Barrington [née Williams or Cromwell], Joan, Lady Barrington (c. 1558–1641), godly matriarch and patron of clergy, was one of the eleven children of Sir Henry Williams (later Cromwell; c.1537–1604) of Hinchingbrooke, Huntingdonshire, and his wife, Joan (d. 1584), daughter of ...

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Baxter [née Foster], Elizabeth [Lizzie] (1837–1926), evangelist, was born on 16 December 1837 at 81 High Street, Evesham, the third daughter of eight children born to Thomas Nelson Foster (1799–1858), a Quaker manufacturer of agricultural fertilizers, and his second wife, Elizabeth Gibbs...

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Baynard, Ann (1672/3–1697), exemplar of godly life, was born at Preston, Lancashire, the only child of Edward Baynard (1641?–1717), physician and poet, and his wife, who was probably Anne, daughter of Robert Rawlinson of Carke, Lancashire. At some point during the following decade the family moved to ...

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Brettergh [née Bruen], Katherine (1579–1601), exemplar of godly life, was born in February 1579, the daughter of John Bruen (1510–1587), and his wife, Dorothy Holford, at Bruen Stapleford, Cheshire, and was baptized there on 13 February. Only eight years old when her father died, her short life was dominated by her illustrious elder brother, the godly gentleman ...

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Bridgeman [née Parker], Dame Caroline Beatrix, Viscountess Bridgeman (1873–1961), political activist and churchwoman, was born on 30 June 1873, the third of five children and eldest daughter of the Hon. Cecil Thomas Parker (1845–1931), son of the sixth earl of Macclesfield and land agent for the ...

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Brooke [née Colepeper], Elizabeth, Lady Brooke (1602?–1683), exemplar of godly life, was born in Wigsell, Sussex, the daughter of Thomas Colepeper (d. 1613) and his wife, Anne (d. 1602), daughter of Sir Stephen Slaney (1524–1609), alderman of London. Her mother died shortly after her birth and was buried on 26 February 1602, so ...

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Elizabeth Brooke, Lady Brooke (1602?–1683) by unknown engraver, pubd 1684 © Copyright The British Museum; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Etchells, (Dorothea) Ruth (1931–2012), literary scholar and churchwoman, was born Peggy Allen on 17 April 1931 at Stretton House (Southwark Diocesan Maternity Home), Grove Park, London, the daughter of Edith Matilda Allen (b. 1905?). At the time of her birth her mother was working as a housekeeper at ...

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Elizabeth Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1794–1864) by unknown artist in the collection of the National Trust for Scotland

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Gordon [née Brodie], Elizabeth, duchess of Gordon (1794–1864), evangelical patron, was born in London on 20 June 1794. Her father, Alexander Brodie (1748–1818) of Arnhall, Kincardineshire, a wealthy India merchant and MP, was a younger son of James Brodie of Brodie, in the north of ...

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Gunter [née Cresswell], Mary (1586–1622), convert to protestantism, was the daughter of Thomas Cresswell, gentleman, and a kinswoman of Sir Christopher Blount, third husband of Lettice Dudley, dowager countess of Leicester and Essex. Her parents having died in her infancy Mary was raised by an elderly Catholic lady. After her guardian's death, when ...

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Hankey, Beatrice [called Help] (1858–1933), evangelist, was born on 17 December 1858 at Bohun Lodge, Barnet, the ninth of ten children of George Hankey (d. 1893), a wealthy merchant banker of an old Cheshire family, and his wife, Caroline Donovan (...

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Hewitt, Margaret (1928–1991), sociologist and churchwoman, was born on 25 October 1928 at 63 Seedley Road, Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, the daughter of Robert Henry Hewitt, who worked in the local education office, and his wife, Jessie, née Jones. She was educated at Pendleton girls' high school...

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Hooper, Anne [née de Tscerlas] (d. 1555), protestant exile, is of obscure origins. Little is known about her parentage or early life, though several sources confirm that she was born into a noble family from the Low Countries, near Antwerp. Anne had at least one sister (later the wife of the French reformer ...

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Howard, Dame (Rosemary) Christian (1916–1999), churchwoman and ecumenist, was born on 5 September 1916 at 32 Chester Square, Belgravia, London, the elder daughter and eldest of the five children of Geoffrey William Algernon Howard (1877–1935), politician and landowner, and his wife, the Hon. (Ethel) Christian, ...

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Howard [née Rich], Susanna, countess of Suffolk (1627–1649), exemplar of godly life, was born in the spring of 1627, the second daughter of Henry Rich, first earl of Holland (bap. 1590, d. 1649), and Isabella (d. 1655), daughter of Sir Walter Cope (1553?–1614)...

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Jones [married name Lewis], Mary (1784–1866), exemplar of godly life, was born at Tyn-y-ddôl, near the hamlet of Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Merioneth, the daughter of Jacob (or James) Jones and his wife, Mary (Molly), who were both weavers, and members of the Calvinistic Methodist church...

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Knightley [née Bowater], Louisa Mary, Lady Knightley (1842–1913), churchwoman and women's activist, was born on 25 April 1842 at 37 Lower Grosvenor Street, London, the only child of Major-General Sir Edward Bowater (1787–1861) and his wife, Emilia Mary, daughter of Colonel Michael Barne...

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Knowles, Mabel Winifred [pseuds. May Wynne, Lester Lurgan] (1875–1949), popular writer and church worker, was born at Ribblesdene, Leigham Court Road, Streatham, London, on 1 January 1875, the second daughter of William Knowles, a London merchant banker, and his wife, Emma Letitia Paxton...

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Langham [née Hastings], Lady Elizabeth (1635–1664), exemplar of godly life, was born on 19 February 1635, probably at Donington Park, Leicestershire, one of the ten children of Ferdinando Hastings, sixth earl of Huntingdon (1609–1656), and his wife, Lucy Hastings (1613–1679), daughter of ...