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Alexander [other married names Umpherston, Currie], Helen (1653/4–1729), covenanter, was born in the parish of Linton, probably in Haddingtonshire. Owing to her mother's early death and her father's remarriage she went to stay with her sister in Dirleton parish, Haddingtonshire. About 1672 she married ...

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Mabel Barltrop (1866–1934) by unknown photographer, c.1930 The Panacea Charitable Trust

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Barltrop, Mabel [name in religion Octavia] (1866–1934), prophet and founder of the Panacea Society, was born at 1 Granville Terrace, Montpelier Road, Rye Lane, Peckham, Surrey, on 11 January 1866, the only daughter of Augustus Charles Andrews (1827/8–1875), banker's clerk, and his wife, ...

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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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Benn, Margaret Eadie Wedgwood [née Margaret Eadie Holmes], Viscountess Stansgate (1897–1991), religious campaigner, was born on 7 June 1897 in Paisley, the elder daughter of Daniel Turner Holmes (1863–1955), the son of a tailor and steeplejack and himself a schoolmaster, lecturer, and Liberal MP for ...

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Bocher, Joan (d. 1550), religious radical, also known as Joan Knell and Joan of Kent, is of unknown origins, but Bocher and Knell families are found either side of the rim of Romney Marsh. Her religious history is also obscure. The earliest that is known for certain is that she was much in favour in reforming circles in ...

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Booth [née Mumford], Catherine (1829–1890), evangelist and writer, was born on 17 January 1829 at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the fourth of five children. Only she and her younger brother, John, survived. Her father, John Mumford (1804–1879), was a coach builder and wheelwright, and for some years a Wesleyan Methodist lay preacher. Her mother, ...

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Catherine Booth (1829–1890) by unknown photographer The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

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Willielma Campbell, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786) by Robert Scott, pubd 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [née Maxwell], Willielma, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786), evangelical activist and benefactor, was the younger daughter of prosperous parents, William Maxwell (d. 1741), medical practitioner of Kirkcudbright, and his wife, Elizabeth Hairstanes (d. c.1806) of Craig. Willielma was born on 2 September 1741 after her father's death. The only other child of the marriage was her sister, ...

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Clibborn, Catherine Booth- [called La Maréchale] (1858–1955), evangelist, was born on 18 September 1858 at Gateshead, the third of eight children and the eldest daughter of the Revd William Booth (1829–1912), then a minister in the Methodist New Connexion, and his wife, ...

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Court, Hannah Frances Mary [May] (1880–1945), accountant and parliamentary official, was born at Shanklin Lodge, Fernlea Road, Streatham, London, on 13 December 1880, the elder of twins and the second of four children of Thomas Ambrey Court (1850–1921) and his wife, ...

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Crane, Elizabeth (d. in or before 1606), religious activist, was the eldest daughter of Sir Robert Hussey of Linwood, in Lincolnshire, who died in 1546, and his second wife, Dame Jane. Born towards the end of the reign of Henry VIII, she seems to have married ...

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Crofts, Elizabeth (b. c. 1535), impostor, is of unknown origins. Nothing is known of her before 1554, when she was involved in a cause célèbre that led to her being accused of attempting to undermine the church and the crown. The episode is reported in both Catholic and protestant sources, with no significant variation in detail. On 14 March that year, aged about eighteen, ...

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Cutler, Ann (1759–1794), hand-loom weaver and Methodist evangelist, was born in Thornley, near Longridge, in the parish of Chipping, Lancashire; nothing is known of her parents. After living a strict, moral life she was converted in 1785 by the revivalist Wesleyan William Bramwell...

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Davies, Rosina (1863–1949), evangelist, was born on 2 September 1863 at Bute Street, Treherbert, Glamorgan, the third of six children of David Davies (d. 1902), coal haulier, and his wife, Hannah, née Jones (d. 1929), formerly the wife of William Watkins...

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Dunnell, Mary (fl. 1807–1813), evangelist, was noteworthy as the first female preacher of the camp meeting community, before the establishment of Primitive Methodism. Nothing is known of her background, and she first came to notice in 1807. She had intended to attend the ...

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Fairfield, Zoë Barbara (1878–1936), secretary of the Student Christian Movement, was born at St George's Square, Pimlico, London, on 23 April 1878, the elder of two daughters of Arthur Rowan Fairfield (1840–1915), civil servant, and his wife, Sophie Louise, née Blew-Jones (1858–1936). She was a cousin of ...

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Geddes, Jenny (fl. 1637), supposed religious activist, is traditionally credited with having begun the demonstrations against Charles I's new Scottish prayer book when it was used for the first time in St Giles's, Edinburgh, on 23 July 1637. Her parentage is unknown, and indeed it is not entirely certain that she existed at all. There is no doubt that the riot in ...